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Old October 28th, 2011, 11:31 PM   #1
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Move Windows 7 Upgrade to New Hard Drive?

About three months ago I bought a three license Vista to Windows 7 Upgrade. If I retire the old computer can I install the 64bit Windows 7 on the new hard drive or do I need to buy another original Windows 7 license. Think i know the answer but thought i'd throw it out there.
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Old October 29th, 2011, 01:03 PM   #2
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Re: Move Windows 7 Upgrade to New Hard Drive?

The license typically allows you to use on "one computer" (or three with the pack you've got). Once you've de-commissioned the old one, W7 is no longer in "use" on that machine, and can be installed on the "new" one. Typically the activation features will allow you to do this with no problems whatsoever if there's a reasonable amount of time between installs, but you can always call in to their 800 number if needed for activation.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 02:43 PM   #3
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thanks Dave

I'll try the reinstall on the new machine. I didn't order a harddrive on the new machine....i guess I could just plug in the old hard drive into the new box?

it's been about 10 yeqars since i last built my own machine....
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Old October 30th, 2011, 04:06 PM   #4
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Well, it might work, but a couple things to be aware of - W7 will probably detect the hardware change and want to re-activate... no prob there. if your W7 install is fairly recent and clean and stable, it may transfer over, I used to do that and let Windows "self-adapt" to the new hardware - most of the time it worked, except when it didn't <wink>.

And most importantly, you may want to consider if this is a video edit/rendering box, a newer/faster HDD might improve the overall system responsiveness - I've found particularly for video, each component/subsystem presents a potential bottleneck, and the more "up to date" the hardware is, the better... they keep improving things along the way and where HD wasn't "mainstream" a couple years ago, now it's expected in even a low end consumer machine, so even plain vanilla hardware is likely "better" than a couple years ago.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 12:20 PM   #5
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Dave

I really didn't even think about that - yup probably should get a new hard drive......I didn't realize they'd advanced much in the past few years but you gotta good point.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 02:41 PM   #6
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Re: Move Windows 7 Upgrade to New Hard Drive?

Something else to think about... if you bought the "upgrade" version it's going to look for a previous OS before it will install. Most likely will refuse if it doesn't find one. At least that's been my experience. So you may have to install Vista on the new HDD first and then do the upgrade to W7.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 02:47 PM   #7
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OR leave the old drive hooked up as a slave and it will either find it automatically, or you can direct it to the install...
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Old November 1st, 2011, 11:56 AM   #8
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Well I actually have been inquiring as to whether they can just put a copy of Windows 7 Prof on a hew hard drive before they ship it to me .......

That oughta avoid the gotchas!! I wouldn't want to install VISTA on anything.....

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Old November 1st, 2011, 01:56 PM   #9
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I may be mistaken but I think when you install the upgrade version, if it doesn't find a qualifying product on the disk it asks for the product key for the OS you're upgrading from. In your case you would enter the product key for your copy of Win 7 and then it would prompt you to also enter the key from your Vista CD. As long as you have a valid key for Vista, you should be good to go installing the upgrade version even without going through the 'install Vista' step. That being said, I used Vista on my laptop working about 12 hours a day for 3 years before upgrading to 7 and I never had a single malfunction I could attribute to OS quirks. Vista's bad reputation is ill deserved, IMHO.
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 12:18 PM   #10
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Thanks Steve,

I am having white hazed app not respondings with Windows 7 but it's probably due to 3G RAM more than the OS. I did kinda sound like a VISTA hater didn't i. I work on XP during the day so when I'd go home and hop on VISTA it seemed quirky....I'm using Windows 7 on all my computers now.
Anyway I'm getting a copy of Windows 7 Professional loaded on the new system I've ordered which ought to take care of all that. I can give the old box to my son to use.
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 04:38 AM   #11
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NOTE: I double checked MS technical info online and my previous post was in error. The upgrade version of Windows 7 does require and prior copy of either Vista or XP to be installed on the target machine, just the seriual number of the previous version will not suffice. Sorry about that.
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