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Transfer Internal HDD with Win7 to dad's computer = Viable Solution?

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Hey guys,
So my dad has BF3 on his XP system and i need to get Windows 7 on there without messing around too much with his files and settings and such. I plan to take out my C drive with Windows 7 64 Bit on it and then transfer it across to his computer in the hopes that when i boot it up from that drive it will boot windows 7 and not XP therefore allowing me to run BF3 on his computer.
My second question was when i get around to negotiating him into letting me upgrade his system to windows 7, would i have to do a fresh install to upgrade from 32bit home edition to 64 bit professional? And would i be able to use the same key i used for this computer to activate it?
I don't believe it is an OEM edition, however i got it off a student discount incentive website for cheap and it didn't come in a flashy case, it came in a cardboard sleeve with the disk and the CoA, which i cant find the product key on! I believe i received the product key via email plus its viewable in my system and security section in control panel. right?
Haha, anyway, your help and advice would be nice guys.
post #2 of 5
You need to buy a second copy of windows 7 if you want to install it on another computer, the fact that you have that copy of windows installed on your rig means you can't install it on your dads pc too.

Once you get a new copy of windows 7, you will want to do a fresh install going from xp 32bit to win7 64 bit.
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I plan to take out my C drive with Windows 7 64 Bit on it and then transfer it across to his computer in the hopes that when i boot it up from that drive it will boot windows 7 and not XP therefore allowing me to run BF3 on his computer.
Sure, but you'll need to do a win 7 repair on the hard drive just to make sure the new hardware doesn't mess you up

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would i have to do a fresh install to upgrade from 32bit home edition to 64 bit professional? And would i be able to use the same key i used for this computer to activate it?
Going from 32 bit to 64 bit usually requires a fresh install, but I've done it before by making 2 partitions and just transfering files and resizing partitions until i could delete the older 32 bit one.

and using the same key i've heard is possible, but if you don't have both discs, you'd need to contact Microsoft about that.
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But the transfer of the internal HDD from one computer to another will work too?

EDIT:
Okay thanks Boinz
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Actually, i more imaginative idea i've got is whether i could do a clean install of win7 64 bit on my External 1TB HDD that i take to his house everytime i go there. I could simply boot the system up from that drive.
Though im not sure whether i'll need some kind of third-party software to enable that or if it's just as simple as installing it on there.
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