Currently, i have a laptop and an old pc that have copy of Window 7 on it. And i am currently ordering part to build my new gaming rig.
My question: Is there anyway i can bring over my window 7 from my Old PC drive to my new one? or from my laptop to my new rig?
Its seems like a waste of money to buy new OS when i already have 2 of them.
Maybe I am able to just move over the old HDD and use it on my new rig?
If that is possible, then how will i move OS file to the new SSD i am going to use?
Thank you for your help.
You could possibly mirror the OS to a new drive, but it would detect the new hardware and you would have to call microsoft to activate windows on the new pc. That is usually a pretty painless process, but necessary. Also you would have the problems mentioned above with drivers.
What you could do is manually uninstall all the drivers (If you know what you're looking for) before you move the OS to the new hard drive. Then install the drivers for the new motherboard, video, etc. Popular software for this would Acronis True image, although there are free alternatives out there.
Bottom line however is most folks me included recommend doing a fresh install on new equipment. There is always some low level stuff that happens on a fresh windows install that will lead to headaches if you try to use an existing installation. I buy my own versions of windows so I can do fresh installs several times as necessary. If you have a windows disc, that is the way to go.