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July 12, 2012 1:40:25 AM

I am a few clicks away from ordering a samsung 830 ssd, and before i make my purchase, i would like to know what will happen when i re install windows onto my ssd? I bought a copy of windows 7 and i already have it installed onto my HDD. When i receive my SSD, and re install windows onto my SSD will i need to buy a new product key for windows, or will it not matter?

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July 12, 2012 1:53:36 AM

No, you can use your same Product Key. Microsoft considers you to have a "new" system when you change motherboards.
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July 12, 2012 1:56:11 AM

ok, so it wont recognize any change unless i change my motherboard?
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July 12, 2012 1:59:18 AM

Windows will recognize the change but you don't have to buy another Product Key.
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July 12, 2012 11:05:24 PM

Would i be able to migrate my anti virus software from my hdd to my ssd? I realized that when i do a fresh install of windows to my ssd my kaspersky won't work since it won't be in registry. If i migrate it from my hdd to my ssd i should have no problems right?

One last question, am i able to just migrate my antivirus over to my ssd from my hdd, or will i have to migrate everything with it?
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a b Ô Samsung
a c 523 G Storage
July 12, 2012 11:07:17 PM

Why can't you just re-install it?
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July 13, 2012 1:17:03 AM

Because i don't have enough product keys. It is a 3 time use, i have used up the third use on my hdd.
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July 13, 2012 2:22:24 AM

In that case instead of doing a fresh install you would have to migrate your HDD to your SDD. Check the contents of the SSD and see if it comes with software to do that.

Also FYI, I used to be a die-hard user of paid anti-virus software (Norton). I switched to Microsoft Security Essentials (free) about 3 years ago and haven't regretted it.
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July 13, 2012 2:37:36 AM

You can use Windows 7 "back-up" features to make a copy of your hdd. After you have made a back-up use the windows 7 back-up tools to make a bootable cd or dvd. Then, install your ssd. Use the bootable cd or dvd that you made and tell it to restore to your new ssd. And I agree with Dereck. Microsoft Security essentials works just fine.
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July 13, 2012 2:56:06 AM

Thank you, i will be sure to migrate my files. One last question with a migrate program, will i be able to choose what i want to migrate, or does everything have to be transferred?
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July 13, 2012 5:06:31 AM

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Thank you, i will be sure to migrate my files. One last question with a migrate program, will i be able to choose what i want to migrate, or does everything have to be transferred?[/quotemsg

The only way I can think of to do that would be to un-install everything you don't want to be on the new ssd before you make your full back-up. But, once you make that back-up, it will all be on the new ssd when you do the recovery procedure.
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