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how to reinstall win7 from HDD to SSD without losing activation key?

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July 12, 2014 8:10:43 AM

I built a new computer, got a new 2tb hdd and a new win7 license (actually an upgrade installer). It's installed. In a few months, when I can afford it, I'll get a SSD and I would want to change my windows installation there and keep the hdd for data storage.

With XP, license wouldn't be a problem, but how do you do this with Win7 and the activation thing? Do I inactivate my license, install in new hdd, and reactivate?

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a c 601 $ Windows 7
July 12, 2014 8:24:20 AM

For a new SSD, I almost always recommend a fresh install.

However:
If you have an Upgrade license for 7, you must have a previous version installed first. Vista or XP. Then you can do the upgrade to 7.

Your other option is to clone from the 2TB to the new SSD. This has its own complications, primarily a size issue. How much used space on the 2TB, and how large the new SSD.
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July 12, 2014 8:43:00 AM

thanks. ok, so cloning is probably not the best. It would be just fine to make a clean install, but in this case how do I transfer the license/ activation from one to the other?

Or what about a system restore? would that work? if yes, how?

*About the license. Yes, I had to install a XP from a laptop that is dead now in order to use that upgrade. Both copies (xp and 7) legal, before someone starts rambling on that point.
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a c 601 $ Windows 7
July 12, 2014 8:47:40 AM

gouvrit said:
thanks. ok, so cloning is probably not the best. It would be just fine to make a clean install, but in this case how do I transfer the license/ activation from one to the other?

Or what about a system restore? would that work? if yes, how?

*About the license. Yes, I had to install a XP from a laptop that is dead now in order to use that upgrade. Both copies (xp and 7) legal, before someone starts rambling on that point.


Technically, that laptop XP is not legal. If it was preinstalled, it was licensed to that original laptop.
Install XP. Then do the Win7 upgrade. If it activates, great. If not, it will present you with a phone number to call the activation robot.
If THAT fails to activate, call a human at MS and throw yourself on their mercy.

ANd no, system restore is not the answer.
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July 13, 2014 7:11:28 AM

ok, thanks! so it would be a over the phone solution. I thought maybe there was a inactivate/reactivate feature.

btw, the XP wasn't preinstalled. Originally laptop had vista.
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