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February 2, 2013 1:24:05 AM

This is my first build and with the process of part shopping figuring out what I wanted I never though of the OS. I have a PC with a 500gb hard drive running windows but when I bought this PC I didn't get a disk. Is there any way to copy windows to my new 1tb hard drive. If not is there a way to take my current 500gb out and put it in my new PC then somehow transfer windows to the 1tb hard drive. I have always got prebuilt computers so I have never had to worry about an OS and I guess I made a big rookie mistake not leaving any room in my budget for a $100+ OS..Whoops

AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack

BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM

PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0

Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Cooler Master 650w Bronze certified PSU

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a b * Windows 8
February 2, 2013 1:38:03 AM

if this is a oem it wont work on new system ,you should have the licence key for the os but if this is a copy not the original one we cannot help you .
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a b * Windows 8
February 2, 2013 1:39:23 AM

The PC you bought came with a OEM windows license that limits the use of your copy of windows to the original pc. It can not legitimately be transferred to a different pc.
A pc is defined as the motherboard.
And regardless, you can not use the same copy of windows on more than one pc.

It is unlikely that your hard drive with windows on it would boot on a different motherboard/cpu anyway.

I think you will have to buy a new copy. You might want to get a upgrade version( instead of oem which costs the same) which will be transferrable in the future to a different pc.

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February 2, 2013 1:39:43 AM

ehyde1029 said:
This is my first build and with the process of part shopping figuring out what I wanted I never though of the OS. I have a PC with a 500gb hard drive running windows but when I bought this PC I didn't get a disk. Is there any way to copy windows to my new 1tb hard drive. If not is there a way to take my current 500gb out and put it in my new PC then somehow transfer windows to the 1tb hard drive. I have always got prebuilt computers so I have never had to worry about an OS and I guess I made a big rookie mistake not leaving any room in my budget for a $100+ OS..Whoops

AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack

BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM

PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0

Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Cooler Master 650w Bronze certified PSU


No copying your windows install would be piratting and is not allowed. You need a license key for each computer/ windows install. Go ahead and buy an OEM Win7 or 8 64-bit disc and install through the burner.
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a b * Windows 8
February 2, 2013 1:45:04 AM

The only Windows licenses you are legally allowed to transfer to a new PC is either a System Builder copy of Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro (which have replaced the old Retail versions from previous Windows releases), or a Retail copy of a previous version of Windows that you bought separately from any PC, either in a store or online. If the copy you are referring to here is one which shipped with the computer (an OEM copy/license), you cannot transfer it and will have to buy another license.
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February 2, 2013 3:21:16 PM

I didn't know windows was restricted to one PC. Sorry if I sounded like I was asking how to pirate software. Where would I get an OEM disk for windows and is windows 8 decent for multicore CPSs or just stick with windows 7
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a b * Windows 8
February 2, 2013 4:32:12 PM

ehyde1029 said:
I didn't know windows was restricted to one PC. Sorry if I sounded like I was asking how to pirate software. Where would I get an OEM disk for windows and is windows 8 decent for multicore CPSs or just stick with windows 7


Buy 7 64 bit...

All the best Brett :) 
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February 2, 2013 5:01:45 PM

As a point of order, the 7HP family packs go for $75 and include three licenses.
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a b * Windows 8
February 2, 2013 5:09:11 PM

Yep, you definitely want 64-bit windows 7.
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February 2, 2013 9:23:06 PM

Thank you guys for all the help and again sorry about the whole "piracy" thing. I thought once you owned windows that you could put it on any PC you owned but you learn something new every day. I think I will be going with Windows 7 like everyone suggested because I haven't heard many good things about 8. Hopefully they will get 8 to a piont where it is usable because the way it sounds Windows 9 will be going back to the old style
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February 2, 2013 9:26:02 PM

groundrat said:
As a point of order, the 7HP family packs go for $75 and include three licenses.



Where can I find the family pack for $75? From what I can find the cheapest is outletPC.com and they have both windows 7 and 8 for $89.99 and that is just a single copy
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a b * Windows 8
February 3, 2013 9:58:36 PM

ehyde1029 said:
Where can I find the family pack for $75? From what I can find the cheapest is outletPC.com and they have both windows 7 and 8 for $89.99 and that is just a single copy



Hi :) 

In the UK the family pack is around £150 ...

All the best Brett :) 
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