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June 1, 2012 4:28:31 AM

Hello I am really in need her. I am going to build a new computer for gaming. I have a 4 year old all-in-one computer from best buy. It has a 1tb drive. It has SATA interface, so does the new Motherboard going to buy. Will I be able to take my 1tb drive with windows 7 on it, and put it into my new computer. Will windows 7 work on there? I have searched and searched, but all I am coming up with is different answers. Losing files and such is not a big deal, I can just download the games again(I don't have any important files on my HDD.) The computer will be a phenom ii x4 965 black edition with a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard. Transfering the old HDD and getting windows 7 to work is the part that is stressing me out the most. Thanks for any help!!!!

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June 1, 2012 11:25:06 AM

Windows on old HD will not work on new hardware.

I'd suggest the following:

1. Buy an SSD and install to SATA 0 port
2. Install Windows on the SSD; run Windows Update over and over again till it stops doing anything
3. Install the old HD into computer.
4. Install the old HD to SATA 1 port
5. Delete the Windows installation on the HD .... look at SSD folders / file list to see what is windows
6. Install old programs and games over themselves to set registry entries in new Windows install on SSD.
7. Defrag the HD

You can add Windows Migration Tool to the mix if ya wanna migrate settings but I wouldn't bother.
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June 1, 2012 12:13:24 PM

Anytime you change out multiple hardware components like that you really should just do a fresh install of the OS. You can get away with things like swapping out a gpu, or some sata device like dvd player, but when using a new MB, cpu, ram just plan on doing a fresh install.
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June 1, 2012 4:20:04 PM

rdzona said:
Anytime you change out multiple hardware components like that you really should just do a fresh install of the OS. You can get away with things like swapping out a gpu, or some sata device like dvd player, but when using a new MB, cpu, ram just plan on doing a fresh install.

How do I do a fresh install if my computer didn't come with a DVD to install windows?
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June 1, 2012 4:20:49 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Windows on old HD will not work on new hardware.

I'd suggest the following:

1. Buy an SSD and install to SATA 0 port
2. Install Windows on the SSD; run Windows Update over and over again till it stops doing anything
3. Install the old HD into computer.
4. Install the old HD to SATA 1 port
5. Delete the Windows installation on the HD .... look at SSD folders / file list to see what is windows
6. Install old programs and games over themselves to set registry entries in new Windows install on SSD.
7. Defrag the HD

You can add Windows Migration Tool to the mix if ya wanna migrate settings but I wouldn't bother.

Even if I was to buy a SSD I don't know how I would install windows. I didn't get a DVD to start up the installation.
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June 1, 2012 4:31:51 PM

You won't be able to re-use Windows 7 from a pre-built OEM PC on a new home built PC. The windows 7 license is almost certainly an OEM license and is tied to the old PC. When you attempt to activate it you will most likely not be able to. You will likely need to buy another windows 7 license.
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June 1, 2012 4:55:23 PM

Enginerd87 said:
You won't be able to re-use Windows 7 from a pre-built OEM PC on a new home built PC. The windows 7 license is almost certainly an OEM license and is tied to the old PC. When you attempt to activate it you will most likely not be able to. You will likely need to buy another windows 7 license.


Agreed. The old OS is only for the old MB. Not only that, most OEMs have drivers written for their "special edition" hardware components.

Buy a new copy of the OS in whatever flavor desired and install it to the new PC
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June 1, 2012 5:04:44 PM

Enginerd87 said:
You won't be able to re-use Windows 7 from a pre-built OEM PC on a new home built PC. The windows 7 license is almost certainly an OEM license and is tied to the old PC. When you attempt to activate it you will most likely not be able to. You will likely need to buy another windows 7 license.


^^This. You "could" buy another OEM license, which are much cheaper than a normal retail license, but technically that is an ethical no no. But I'm not your mom or the moral police so you do what you think is right.
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June 1, 2012 6:06:02 PM

Traildriver said:
Agreed. The old OS is only for the old MB. Not only that, most OEMs have drivers written for their "special edition" hardware components.

Buy a new copy of the OS in whatever flavor desired and install it to the new PC

I guess this would be the easiest thing to do. Could I still use this HDD though? Could I install the new windows 7 on the old HDD. This would put me over budget already and I don't think I could afford to buy a SSD to install w7 on.
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June 1, 2012 10:32:27 PM

panical said:
I guess this would be the easiest thing to do. Could I still use this HDD though? Could I install the new windows 7 on the old HDD. This would put me over budget already and I don't think I could afford to buy a SSD to install w7 on.


Yes you can. Just be mindful that your hdd is 4 years old. And they are mechanical devices and WILL fail at some point. It's never a question of IF it will fail it's more like WHEN will it fail.
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December 20, 2013 5:10:39 PM

rdzona said:


Just be mindful that your hdd is 4 years old. And they are mechanical devices and WILL fail at some point. It's never a question of IF it will fail it's more like WHEN will it fail.


Maybe... But my 250 gb one is still going strong after 8 years...
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