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Im wondering if you can take a hdd from one computer with os in it, put it in a new computer and boot into windows. Does it work? assuming all parts of thebuild work just booting into windows from a hdd with an os from a previous computer.
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Depending on the differences in hardware it is possible... Much more likely with windows 7 than XP. If the hardware differs too much. Such as an AMD Chipset vs Nvidia... it will more than likely bluescreen on you.
     
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post #3 of 9
Yes you can. But:

1) Your license will not be valid for a different motherboard and thus it will break itself and tell you Windows is not genuine
2) Depending on the system it was in previously you might run into strange software issues

I tried booting a Windows 7 install on a previously AMD-Nvidia system on an Intel-ATI system and it would auto-power off (not even shut down) every 2 minutes and would randomly BSOD.

Edit: 3000th post. I will not be posting in a while to maintain that perfect number lol.
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so best bet is to wipe clean the other hdd and fresh install if i want to reuse the hdd?
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post #5 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by MisterChao View Post
so best bet is to wipe clean the other hdd and fresh install if i want to reuse the hdd?
If you remove all drivers and "tidy up" a bit before removing the HDD, you should be able to install it in another machine and reload the drivers for that machine. You will still need to re-enter your key or a get a new key for the OS.

Me personally, I prefer fresh install, but it's not mandatory if you prep the system correctly before swapping it over.
     
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I would just do a wipe. Less hassle and you wont run into any problems in the future regarding drivers or whatnot that were from the old machine.
    
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post #7 of 9
yea you can as stated. MIGHT have issues MIGHT not.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PappaSmurfsHarem View Post
Depending on the differences in hardware it is possible... Much more likely with windows 7 than XP. If the hardware differs too much. Such as an AMD Chipset vs Nvidia... it will more than likely bluescreen on you.
In my experience XP is less ornery about such migration than Win7...

Quote:
Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
I tried booting a Windows 7 install on a previously AMD-Nvidia system on an Intel-ATI system and it would auto-power off (not even shut down) every 2 minutes and would randomly BSOD.
I took an AMD-nVidia system and upgraded to an AMD-AMD system. I had unfortunately slipstreamed all my drivers in with nLite, so uninstalling them was not an option.

It actually worked fine. No BSOD's or anything. I ran it that way for close to a month. Boot times absolutely sucked - I guess it was loading both chipset drivers, and checking everything for the nVidia stuff. But after the 3 minute boots, it was stable.

I did reinstall, because I like to be at my desktop within 40 seconds.

Quote:
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so best bet is to wipe clean the other hdd and fresh install if i want to reuse the hdd?
Definitely the best way to go.
     
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You could get a BSoD, it has happened to me a few times...
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