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i lost the product key of my copy of windows and i want to transfer it to my new ssd is it possible??
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i lost the product key of my copy of windows and i want to transfer it to my new ssd is it possible??

Yes - the easiest way is to use windows backup - back it up to an external HDD (full backup), swap out the HDD for an SSD, boot off the win7 DVD, and restore the backup to the SSD. this method has the advantage of not messing with your HDD, so if it doesn't work, nothing is lost.
 
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but i got my copy of windows from my previous HP.
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cool. what's your point?
 
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i dont have the disk
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you need a second (external) hard drive. Just search for "sean's windows 7" blah blah... Read it all. Very useful. It has links to iso's to burn a disk. Use the disk with the ssd to get to the windows install point. and use the recover option, recover from the external hard drive.
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Yes - the easiest way is to use windows backup - back it up to an external HDD (full backup), swap out the HDD for an SSD, boot off the win7 DVD, and restore the backup to the SSD. this method has the advantage of not messing with your HDD, so if it doesn't work, nothing is lost.
+rep Have to do this next week just ordered a 240gb ssd.
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but i got my copy of windows from my previous HP.

So you're trying to move an OEM windows installation to a whole new machine with new motherboard? Nope. You're gonna have to buy a copy. AFAIK.
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it doesnt matter that you dont have the disk, creating an image of you system is like copying a folder from one drive to another, its almost a one to one copy.

here is a guide to tell you how to create a system image: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/4241/how-to-create-a-system-image-in-windows-7/

on the other hand i found that when i got my ssd it was easier to install from scratch so i didnt have to deal with the little things that were starting to annoy me with the current install.

on that note, here:

if you google windows 7 iso download you can find a site called mydigitallife that offers all the flavors of windows 7 as downloadable iso's, you can also get a program that finds you product key from within windows, i havent tried any but there are quite a few out there. i didnt post a link to the iso site because i didnt know if that would get me in trouble, hope this helps
    
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