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moving Windows 7 to new computer

I just built a new computer and I need to move the windows 7 on the HDD of the old computer to the SSD of the new computer but i don't actually know how to do it, i'm planning to use the old HDD on the new computer so could i just move the HDD to the new computer than move windows to the SSD?

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  1. retail or oem windows 7? what is the old system spec? and the new system spec?
  2. it depends on what kind of licence came with your version of windows 7. if its an OEM version then you will not be able to activate it on your new computer, if it is a retail version you will not run into this issue. there are option like making a system image or cloning your HDD but odds of you old window install working in a completly new computer are slim to none.
  3. does your old computer come with a sticker with the windows 7 activation code somewhere on the computer case?
    Or when you bought your computer did they give you a cd/dvd to reinstall your windows 7? the activation code/password should be somewhere on the cd/dvd case.

    If not you could get something like acronis true image and boot from the acronis boot cd/usb and clone the hdd and use the .tib file of acronis to try and put the file into your ssd.

    In all likelihood your legitimate windows 7 from old computer will need to activate again when you try to boot from the new computer ssd in any case (because windows is tied to mb/cpu combination. You may need to contact microsoft customer service to convince them your copy of windows is legitimate. they may tell you you need to buy a new windows license or windows 10 anyway. good luck.
  4. As always...Operation and Licensing. 2 different things.

    Operation - You'll likely need to do a full reinstall on the new hardware.
    Just moving the drive, or a clone of the drive, is unlikely to actually boot up. You might get lucky, though.

    Licensing - If this is an OEM Win 7 license, that is indeed tied to that original motherboard.
    If it is OEM, the only recourse it to call MS and plead your case.
  5. ah... what would be retail or OEM?
  6. Nuclearius said:
    ah... what would be retail or OEM?


    if you have to ask, did the os came with the pc?
  7. it was long time ago, but the windows was upgraded/changed when i made an upgrade on this computer some time ago
  8. Nuclearius said:
    it was long time ago, but the windows was upgraded/changed when i made an upgrade on this computer some time ago


    best thing to do is open a run dialog box or command prompt within windows and type the following command

    slmgr.vbs /dlv

    after a few seconds a dialog box will appear with your window's licence information. in the description it will mention what channel you are on which would mean it would be either OEM, retail, or maybe KMS

    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/view-licensing-status-activation-id-windows-slmgr
  9. OEM_SLP ok, what i do now?
  10. Nuclearius said:
    OEM_SLP ok, what i do now?


    this means you have an OEM copy of windows. this means it is tied to your old computer and cannot be carried over to your new one.
  11. Nuclearius said:
    OEM_SLP ok, what i do now?


    OEM
    Windows 7

    That is indeed tied to the original motherboard.

    1. You can't download the Win 7 ISO from MS, because they expect you to get that from the manufacturer.
    2. And if you could, the activation will fail. The only recourse would be to (after you somehow got it installed on this new system) to call MS and plead you case.
    They are under no obligation to allow use of that OEM license on all new hardware.
  12. ok that's bad, is there any way i can do to move it?
  13. Nuclearius said:
    ok that's bad, is there any way i can do to move it?


    "move it" makes no difference. Upon seeing all new hardware, there will be one of 2 conditions

    Either it will not boot, in which case activation does not matter.
    Or
    It will boot and be unactivated.
  14. Best answer
    Nuclearius said:
    ok that's bad, is there any way i can do to move it?


    the only real way is if you can somehow upgrade to windows 10 from windows 7 and tie that OEM licence to a MS account. this way they will let you move the licence over to a new PC. but you wouldn't be able to go back to windows 7 after this
  15. that's the only real way, what about not so real ways?
  16. Nuclearius said:
    that's the only real way, what about not so real ways?


    Which shall not be discussed here. At all.
  17. USAFRet said:
    Nuclearius said:
    ok that's bad, is there any way i can do to move it?


    "move it" makes no difference. Upon seeing all new hardware, there will be one of 2 conditions

    Either it will not boot, in which case activation does not matter.
    Or
    It will boot and be unactivated.


    is the activation important?
  18. Alternate solution:

    Sell the old parts to fund a new OS purchase for the new PC.
  19. USAFRet said:
    Nuclearius said:
    that's the only real way, what about not so real ways?


    Which shall not be discussed here. At all.


    ok then...
  20. Nuclearius said:
    USAFRet said:
    Nuclearius said:
    ok that's bad, is there any way i can do to move it?


    "move it" makes no difference. Upon seeing all new hardware, there will be one of 2 conditions

    Either it will not boot, in which case activation does not matter.
    Or
    It will boot and be unactivated.


    is the activation important?


    For Windows 7, yes. It will fail to work after 30 days.
  21. Nuclearius said:
    USAFRet said:
    Nuclearius said:
    ok that's bad, is there any way i can do to move it?


    "move it" makes no difference. Upon seeing all new hardware, there will be one of 2 conditions

    Either it will not boot, in which case activation does not matter.
    Or
    It will boot and be unactivated.


    is the activation important?


    yes, if you are not activated you would not have a genuine version of windows and MS has a 30 day period for you to use it when it is not activated. but after the 30 days you may notice your computer will start restarting on its own or boot only to a windows asking you to activate and won't let you get to the desktop until you do.
  22. so... i will have to get a new windows then?
  23. Nuclearius said:
    so... i will have to get a new windows then?


    Yes.
  24. USAFRet said:
    Nuclearius said:
    so... i will have to get a new windows then?


    Yes.


    that's very bad... well thanks
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