I'm building a new system. My harddrive will be coming from a pre-built Gateway purchased from Best Buy. My question is as follows:
When I bought the prebuilt, it did not come with a Windows install disc. Windows 7 is partitioned on the harddrive for reinstallation. When I connect the harddrive to all the new components, will I be able to use the ability to reinstall Windows the same way, or will I need to purchase a new copy? I realize the CURRENT installation I won't work with a new motherboard, but I'm hoping I can at least use the partitioned recovery function or whatever it is to reinstall fresh. Is this possible?
Gateway Installation disk is a OEM tied to that gateway, legally the only way you could use it would be if the Original MB died.
If the Gateway MB died, then it becomes a matter of if the installation disk looks for a Gateway MB and/or tries to install the old MB drivers. If it is a generic OEM copy, and the Gateway MB died you should be home free.
If Not as the Old saying goes " Tuff cookie, but the Milk ain't sweet". and you will need a new copy via store bought or thru school. (Cookie replaces the word that I can not use as it refers to part of the female anatomy- LOL)
You forgot to mention if the orginal gateway MB died.
If it is a "generic window 7" installation disk and does allow you to do the windows instalation, you may also get a message requireing you to call MS to activate it.
There might be another way.
Create a Recovery disk, and a backup disk set. (both for security)
Best way... use a new hard drive, use your recovery disk, follow the instructions.
This will create an exact copy of your OS on the new PC, it might have some annoying
splash screen at boot (yours might say Gateway)
But it will allow you to install the proper drivers etc...
Do you have the "Key" And again is the Gateway MB dead.
If dead, and you have the Key:
Use any windows Installation disk - barrow one
Install (Do NOT enter ANY key when prompted.
When installation is completed.
Then enter Key and activate - If you get message to Call MS, do so and exsplain.
They will either say Yes, In which case your good, or NO which means BUYING a copy.
AGAIN this is ONLY legal if old MB died!!!!
NOTE: If you get an Upgrade version of Windows you will have to do a Clean install (Selecting Custom install) followed by a registry edit and sending a cmd from the dos prompt.