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Solved Windows 7 swapping computers through hard drives?

November 19, 2012 at 06:10:36
Specs: Windows 7, amd dual core processor e350

I was thinking that if microsoft would only let you have one install on one machine and that install goes onto the hard drive I was wondering if you could just take that hard drive out of your old computer with windows 7 and put it into a new one without having to reactivate it because then you could buy a rubbish computer with windows 7 on its hard drive and then take it out and put it into a better computer without windows 7 and use the hard drive as a second one perhaps and just boot off of the second hard drive because that would be EPIC!

I was an adventurer like you once until I took an arrow to the knee!


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#1
November 19, 2012 at 06:35:15
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Microsoft designed Windows NOT to be transferrable like that. Let's say you have a Win7 computer with an AMD CPU, motherboard based on an AMD chipset, & an AMD/ATI graphics card. You remove the HDD from this system & then place it in a system with an Intel CPU, motherboard based on an Intel chipset, & an nvidia graphics card. Do you think it will boot? Probably not. At the very least, Windows would have to be repaired & the different drivers would have to be installed. You would be better off wiping the HDD & doing a clean install from scratch.

"I was wondering if you could just take that hard drive out of your old computer with windows 7 and put it into a new one"

Why would an "old computer" have Win7 on it but a "new one" would not? Logically, a new computer would have Win7 or Win8 & an old one would have XP. And if an XP computer was upgraded to Win7, that would mean you would probably have a Win7 disc. And if you have a Win7 disc, all you would have to do is install it on the "new one" after uninstalling it from the "old computer".

Or you could just download Win7 AIO & use that on as many computers as you want, lol.


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#2
November 19, 2012 at 08:06:26

Surely the cost of the rubbish computer is more than a new legitimate copy of Windows 7 (£50 in UK) so what have you gained?

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#3
November 19, 2012 at 08:29:18

I actually saw a cheap old computer for £15 with windows 7 and I was just curious if it was an almost free way of getting your hands on windows 7. aaawwww it would have been so cool!

Sorry I thought it was a buy now but it was a bid they actually go for around £30


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#4
November 19, 2012 at 09:26:34

swordj

Read the article linked below. The writer covered the subject of SLP licenses pretty well. If you see a computer with Windows on it for the prices you mention above the version of Windows is either SLP or illegal. A full copy of anything from XP on is worth more than those prices so a seller would most likely not supply you with a legal NSLP installation.

http://www.guytechie.com/articles/2...


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