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January 22, 2013 3:47:57 AM

Hello, I am currently in the process of getting the parts for my first gaming build. Since I am working on a very tight budget, I'm trying to use as many of my factory-made computer's (Gateway DX4860-UB33P) parts as possible. So far, the processor (intel core i5 2320) is salvageable, the fans, dvd drive, and ram. I was wondering if it was possible to use my old hard drive so I didn't need to buy a new OS.

Is this possible?
January 22, 2013 4:37:42 AM

sure! as long as you don't break it while moving it it will work fine.
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January 22, 2013 4:28:03 PM

You can use your old hard-drive but it probably won't boot if the motherboard is different. Why not just get a video card and maybe a better power supply and keep he same case?

And the license code may not work with a different build.
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January 22, 2013 4:38:32 PM

Doctor Duke said:
Hello, I am currently in the process of getting the parts for my first gaming build. Since I am working on a very tight budget, I'm trying to use as many of my factory-made computer's (Gateway DX4860-UB33P) parts as possible. So far, the processor (intel core i5 2320) is salvageable, the fans, dvd drive, and ram. I was wondering if it was possible to use my old hard drive so I didn't need to buy a new OS.

Is this possible?


No you may not. It's going to be a OEM license (assuming windows 7). You can change all parts except the mobo and use the same license. If you use a different mobo it's considered a different machine and requires a new license. I would also suggest what Hang-the-9 said and work on upgrading the GPU, PSU first. Then maybe save up and upgrade the other parts and a new license later. Here are some specifics about a OEM license to help you out.



OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

Microsoft.com ^
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January 22, 2013 4:59:27 PM

Hi :) 

NO you cannot its illegal...

All the best Brett :) 
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January 22, 2013 6:52:43 PM

OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system


Microsoft.com ^


OEM vs. Retail

OEM Windows 7 comes preinstalled on computers. This is the cheapest way to buy windows. Large PC manufacturers like Dell, HP etc. (collectively called royalty OEMs) install windows on millions of such PCs. The main characteristics of such systems are:

The license agreement and support agreement is between you and the PC maker, not MS.

Activation by the end user is not required. Windows is preactivated at the factory by the OEM using images and standard SLP keys.

Your copy of windows is locked to that PC. The license is not transferable.

OEM system builder is what you get when you buy from say Newegg or from a local "white box" vendor. It too has the characteristics of Royalty OEM windows. Although it is possible for an individual to buy a System Builder copy, the license requires that the software be installed using the OPK (OEM preinstall kit) and then resold.

Retail version is what you buy from a retailer like Amazon or Bestbuy. Its a full price version that comes packaged in a retail box with a retail product key. It has to be activated online via MS servers using the key on the box, it is not tied to the PC it was first installed on, though it can only be used on a single computer at a time. And, MS directly provides the support for it. It is also more expensive than OEM copies.

As far as functionality is concerned, theres no difference between any of the versions above, given any specific edition (i.e. between OEM pro and retail pro, or between OEM ultimate and retail ultimate).


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Windows 8 OEM is a whole different ballgame.

License agreement for the transfer of a Windows 8 license
http://personaluselicense.windows.com/en-US/default.asp...
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January 22, 2013 11:04:21 PM

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January 23, 2013 12:03:58 AM

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