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Changing parts, issues with OS move from HDD to SDD

Hi Forum,

I'm currently in the process of changing from old i7 920 and mobo to a newer setup http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/wMZpmG

My hope was to save my current OEM copy of WIN7 64-bit running on my HDD and move/re install it to the SSD I plan to purchase.

I understand that samsung provide a handy software tool to clone the drive, which is nice. Is there anyway to perform a fresh install of the OEM as i'll be changing mobo and the HDD will have the files from the original.

Thanks all,
UniGamer.
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  1. Sorry but win7 OEM is licenced only to the motherbd it was installed too.
    Cloning may not work since the drivers the OS is using for the old board are probably not going to work on the new board and will result in a BSoD (crash).

    You can install the OEM version fresh, I would have all the new drivers available on a usb or dvd, but it probably won't activate since the key is tied to the old motherbd. This will give you 30 days I think to get a new key/copy of windows.
  2. Best answer
    The only time an OS install is 'fresh' is in the 1st 5 minutes after you install it. After that, it becomes modified.

    You can't really make it like new again with actually reinstalling.
    Which is highly recommended with major hardware changes. (SSD and motherboard)

    On to other issues - Your Win 7 OEM install will unactivate itself upon seeing the new motherboard.

    So, we install the OS on the new SSD, with the new motherboard. You'll almost certainly have to try activation over the phone. You might even have to talk to a human at MS.

    Will your existing HDD still have 'files' from the original installation? Yes.
    But you will have to reinstall all applications. The new OS install and Registry will know nothing about them.
  3. popatim said:

    You can install the OEM version fresh, I would have all the new drivers available on a usb or dvd, but it probably won't activate since the key is tied to the old motherbd. This will give you 30 days I think to get a new key/copy of windows.


    This is helpful. So i can reinstall with my old OEM disk, then get a new key....giving me some time yeah?
  4. USAFRet said:

    So, we install the OS on the new SSD, with the new motherboard. You'll almost certainly have to try activation over the phone. You might even have to talk to a human at MS.


    So Potentially I can ring up and ask to reuse my activation by ringing MS up?
  5. UniversityGamer said:
    popatim said:

    You can install the OEM version fresh, I would have all the new drivers available on a usb or dvd, but it probably won't activate since the key is tied to the old motherbd. This will give you 30 days I think to get a new key/copy of windows.


    This is helpful. So i can reinstall with my old OEM disk, then get a new key....giving me some time yeah?


    Yes. It will work for 30 days.
    Do not buy a 'key' from anywhere other than a reputable site. Newegg, TigerDirect, etc. (eBay is not reputable)
    If you see it significantly cheaper than any of the major sites, it is almost certainly not legit. And for Win 7, you can't buy 'just the key' anymore. They will mail you a box/disk/key.
  6. UniversityGamer said:
    USAFRet said:

    So, we install the OS on the new SSD, with the new motherboard. You'll almost certainly have to try activation over the phone. You might even have to talk to a human at MS.


    So Potentially I can ring up and ask to reuse my activation by ringing MS up?


    Possibly. That is entirely up to them. They are under no obligation to allow that, as the original OEM license is licensed to that original motherboard.
  7. Long Story Short. Need a new OEM. Alternatives to that? purchasing the full OS?
  8. UniversityGamer said:
    Long Story Short. Need a new OEM. Alternatives to that? purchasing the full OS?


    The OEM is the full OS, just a different license model.
    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-System-Builder-Packaging/dp/B00H09BB16
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