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Tricky Question! Instal Win7 on an SSD with another computer

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Hi all,

For somewhat odd reasons, I need to install win7 on my SSD drive via a different computer. Is this at all possible?

To be honest, the issue is that my university provides free win7 to students (kind of unofficially) and I'm building a new comp. A good friend of mine works for the universities tech department I'm not sure if this is possible, but ideally I'd like to bring my SSD to my friend who works there, and have him pop it into a system (already running win7) and have him somehow install win7 on that SSD. Then, I'll take the SSD back home and put in my new rig. I imagine my friend will have to disconnect the HDDs on that university system, in order to install it on the SSD.

When installing windows are things sensitive to the specific machine (like the motherboard)? This would make it impossible?

Any input or alternative advice would be super appreciated. I admit, I'm cutting corners here. But, the school has a legit license for this.
post #2 of 8
I believe if there is another install of windows already there, it won't let you install fresh on another drive. My recommendation would be to temporarily remove the old windows HDD from the computer, insert the SSD, install Win and then re-insert the old HDD.
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Ya, that seems like the first step in this. Will the motherboard prevent this?

Then, as the next step, will I be able to put the SSD in my new computer (across town) and have it work? I feel like windows will know that the motherboard (and everything else) has changed and freak out.
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Thanks very much for the prompt, informative reply --- by the way.
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Ya, that seems like the first step in this. Will the motherboard prevent this?

Then, as the next step, will I be able to put the SSD in my new computer (across town) and have it work? I feel like windows will know that the motherboard (and everything else) has changed and freak out.

The motherboard shouldn't prevent this as far as I know. If it is the retail version of Windows 7, it should be able to deal with the new hardware (once again as far as I know) as unlike the OEM version, the retail version isn't locked to a specific part set.
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The motherboard shouldn't prevent this as far as I know. If it is the retail version of Windows 7, it should be able to deal with the new hardware (once again as far as I know) as unlike the OEM version, the retail version isn't locked to a specific part set.

OK that makes sense. Installation on the other computer should be fine, as long as I disconnect the hard drives on it.

The next question is, will I be able to pop this into my new rig and use it? That seems unlikely. It will recognize a new motherboard and freak out I think.
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Originally Posted by Tagkaman View Post

The motherboard shouldn't prevent this as far as I know. If it is the retail version of Windows 7, it should be able to deal with the new hardware (once again as far as I know) as unlike the OEM version, the retail version isn't locked to a specific part set.

OK that makes sense. Installation on the other computer should be fine, as long as I disconnect the hard drives on it.

The next question is, will I be able to pop this into my new rig and use it? That seems unlikely. It will recognize a new motherboard and freak out I think.

I don't think so, but I'm not sure. It's worth a try anyway.
post #8 of 8
it will probably boot and then install hardware drivers that the operating system recognizes and then ask you to reboot. It may say that it needs to activated or reactivated.


I recall parting out an old PC and didn't format the drive when putting together another pc. When the system booted up, it booted into Windows 7 and did the steps mentioned above. YMMV.
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