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Sorry if this has been asked before in advance. I bought a pre-built HP computer last Christmas and have been slowly upgrading it ever since. However, I am now preparing to buy an SSD, and would like to get the OS(Windows7 Home Premium 64-bit) from my HDD to the new SSD. My problem is that the computer never came with a windows 7 disc. How would I go about transferring the OS without a disc? Thanks for any help. Ask if you need additional details.
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Wow, failed to read sticky. So sorry...
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I would read this thread first.
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Ya, I just noticed that. Well, as of yet, I have not upgraded the motherboard. Does changing hard drive constitute change of PC? If not, how would I go about changing HD?
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something like Norton Ghost might work, BUT you will need to replace HDD with an equal sized SSD for it to work
as for the question regarding replaceing a hd,
the replacement of a storage device does not constitute a "new" computer.... OEM Software is tied to the Motherboard, not peripheral devices i.e. storage devices, optical drives, video cards, etc

edit: the closest size ssd to match your HDD (the one in your sig) is 960gb and goes for roughly 2.5k
Edited by HardheadedMurphy - 8/5/11 at 1:31pm
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Originally Posted by Sir Shfvingle View Post
Sorry if this has been asked before in advance. I bought a pre-built HP computer last Christmas and have been slowly upgrading it ever since. However, I am now preparing to buy an SSD, and would like to get the OS(Windows7 Home Premium 64-bit) from my HDD to the new SSD. My problem is that the computer never came with a windows 7 disc. How would I go about transferring the OS without a disc? Thanks for any help. Ask if you need additional details.
Better contact HP and explain to the the situation. They should be able to provide you a re-installation media for Windows 7. The sad fact of the matter is most computers that come with Windows 7 pre-installed do not come with a re-installation disk anymore.

Or you could also try: http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/sale...ges/index.aspx This one's a long shot though.
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more often than not though, most OEM pc's come with a "restore partiton" on same drive that contains OEM install information for win vista and above
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Originally Posted by HardheadedMurphy View Post
more often than not though, most OEM pc's come with a "restore partiton" on same drive that contains OEM install information for win vista and above
This applies for xp as well.

You can copy any size partition to any size drive using other programs provided theirs adequate space, BUT it becomes an issue of where the boot.ini and what not point to, and where they reside. And considering it is a solid state, you might as well reformat provided it is win7. You can obtain the media from hp, usually for a mediocre cost.
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Get a hold of an OEM disc and use the key that came with your system to reinstall and activate it.
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Get a hold of an OEM disc and use the key that came with your system to reinstall and activate it.
and where might one legally obtain this software?
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