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June 17, 2014 11:13:14 AM

I have a samsung laptop that I purchased a few years ago from new egg. The Laptop came preinstalled with windows 7. It has a stock 5400 rpm HDD in it. I picked up a Kingston V300 SSD for 50$ today and was wondering if i were to swap drives in my laptop from the HDD to the SSD could I use the System recovery media CD that was included with my laptop to reload windows 7 back onto the new SSD I want to put in the laptop? Or will windows give me some message that I am not using a verified version of windows 7 like I need to buy another product key. Basically what I am asking is can I reload windows 7 back onto my laptop with a new SSD without having to purchase a new product key? I have the sticker that was provided with windows 7 that contains the product key on the bottom of my laptop. I look forward to any feedback thanks!

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a b D Laptop
June 17, 2014 11:21:42 AM

a recovery disc probably won't work as the recovery option is part of windows so a blank drive won't see it right. If you have the original OS disc you could use that.

You can always try to use the recovery disc and see what happens.
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June 17, 2014 11:24:14 AM

Thanks for your reply! I have the recovery disk but I also have a copy of Windows 7 which is the actual installation disk. Could I use that to load windows on the new SSD and then use the product key from the bottom of the laptop to activate it?
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a b D Laptop
June 17, 2014 11:26:23 AM

that's what I would do.
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June 17, 2014 11:27:12 AM

keep in mind the actual version of windows 7 that i have was used to install the OS on a desktop I recently built, but could I still use that?
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a b D Laptop
June 17, 2014 11:31:37 AM

I've used the same version of windows multiple times with no problems. Windows is the same for laptops and desktops so there's no difference there.
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