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Hi, I recently got a computer from a friend and he doesn't want it so I want to swap his HDD (it has Windows 7 on it) with my other computer (it has Vista on it).

My computer has better hardware so that explains why I want to switch, so is there anything I need to know before switching? Like resetting BIOS or anything similar?

EDIT: I just switched them and they are having a hard time getting to the log in screen (to get into the desktops) so my question is...what do I do from here?

EDIT2: They are both OEM computers.
Edited by jetplane48 - 1/8/12 at 9:03pm
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If both systems have the same chipset, It should work but there's no guarantee. If both systems have different chipsets you can try to repair it with a W7 disk. If that doesn't work your gonna have to reinstall W7.
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The license associated with each computer is locked to that computer per the EULA.
You can't just take his hard drive with the OEM Windows 7 license and use it on your computer.

See the link in my sig for info about OEM license.
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