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Hello folks,
Well I just got my new HDD where I'll install my OS. I have my Win 7 installed and activated on other HDD. Can I use it in the new HDD? I will be reformating the old HDD.

How can I use the original Win 7 on the new HDD?
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Install Windows 7 on the new hard-drive after disconnecting the old one.

Download this Key Finder and run it on your current installation.

Write down your serial...connect new drive disconnect old one and install OS.
Profit!
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Originally Posted by rocketman331;13834411 
Install Windows 7 on the new hard-drive after disconnecting the old one.

Download this Key Finder and run it on your current installation.

Write down your serial...connect new drive disconnect old one and install OS.
Profit!

Thanks!

I bought the Serial. I don't think I need the key finder.

So I can install and use the serial key as many times as I want? But I can only run it in a single system... Right?

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GOTCHA covered age. Check PM.

ROCKET,Vyou not supposed to give that info on OCN.
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Originally Posted by PureOC Jim;13834479 
You're not supposed to give that info on OCN.

It checks your installation for the serial...I don't see how that's bad, it's not a keygen sadsmiley.gif

You can install your OS as many times as you want on the same hardware...it also depends on what version of 7 you have: OEM vs. RETAIL.
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It checks your installation for the serial...I don't see how that's bad, it's not a keygen sadsmiley.gif

You can install your OS as many times as you want on the same hardware...it also depends on what version of 7 you have: OEM vs. RETAIL.

Well... I don't know what is OEM. I bought my serial from a guy in Amazone. He sent my the Serial via E-Mail. Is that a Retail or OEm version? Lol.
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I believe OEM is tied to one mobo, Im not sure on the HDD though
    
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Basically OEM means once you've installed it, that serial is tied to that hardware, and if you change the hardware you'll need a new serial. If it's a retail version you can re-install as much as you want.

Just stick in the original serial you used and it should work. I have an OEM version of Windows and after a motherboard change I put in the same serial and it still worked; even if you had an OEM version of Windows, a hard drive change would not qualify for a completely new serial, it has to be a drastic hardware change.
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Oh okey! Well thanks! I guess I'm good then. I won't be changing this rig for some years. Maybe just the CPU for Ivy and the GPUs tongue.gif

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by age_ruler1;13834725 
Well... I don't know what is OEM. I bought my serial from a guy in Amazone. He sent my the Serial via E-Mail. Is that a Retail or OEm version? Lol.

The only way to tell is to call MS at 1-800-936-5700 nad have them identify the product key for you.
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