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I remember when people were having issues with Windows Vista when they upgraded their systems because Windows Vista would give them trouble when it recognized a "significant" hardware change attached to their Windows key.

1. Is this still an issue with Windows 7? I bought a new hard drive, and I'd like to install Windows 7 on it, but I am planning a new build in the near future and would like to install the hard drive with Windows 7 already installed on it. Would this pose a problem or should I just wait for when I build the entire system to install the drive and load Windows fresh on it?

2. I don't know if this is a hard drive issue or not. Whenever I open up my music folder, which only has 500 songs or so, it takes a good 30 seconds for the folder to populate. It opens up, and all my files are there, but I view it in detail mode and it takes awhile for the columns to populate their respective titles, artists, etc. I've also just been noticing a slight slow down in performance overall. My equipment is a little outdated (e7200, 8800GT) but I think for opening a music folder, it shouldn't take that long, should it?

If it isn't a hard drive issue, then I don't think I need to install the new drive yet. What do you guys think?
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Windows 7 will not have an issue with hard drives changing.

Your other question, in your power settings do you have it set so the hard drive goes to sleep? Is it your internal or external drive?
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Windows 7 will not have an issue with hard drives changing.

Your other question, in your power settings do you have it set so the hard drive goes to sleep? Is it your internal or external drive?
It's on my internal drive.

I do not have it set to have my drive go to sleep.

I meant will Windows 7 freak out when I install the drive to a machine going from what I have now to a whole new system (mobo, cpu, gpu, ram, etc)... I don't want it to go crazy thinking I'm installing Windows on multiple systems or anything :-P
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I doubt it will give you any trouble. If it does, just call Microsoft up and they'll fix it up. As to the folders taking time to populate, that's completely normal. That's a HDD limitation, upgrading to a faster drive will solve that "issue".
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I doubt it will give you any trouble. If it does, just call Microsoft up and they'll fix it up. As to the folders taking time to populate, that's completely normal. That's a HDD limitation, upgrading to a faster drive will solve that "issue".
I just don't remember it ever taking that long :-\\ I remember the folders populating pretty quick before. Oh well, either way, if it is an issue, it'll be fixed in a month or two
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I remember when people were having issues with Windows Vista when they upgraded their systems because Windows Vista would give them trouble when it recognized a "significant" hardware change attached to their Windows key.
Never noticed this on XP, Vista or 7, and never had any problems activating whenever I had to do clean installs when changing hard drives.

However, it's not exactly a good idea to use an existing Windows 7 install on a completely different set of hardware. It's possible you might encounter driver issues. Just do a clean install when you get your new gear.

As for your current slowdown issues, have you tried cleaning up your HDD and defragging?
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