Solved old HDD to a new PC

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November 2, 2014 at 20:44:46
Specs: WINDOWS 7, AMD a6-3670/8 gb
HDD WIN 7 Ultimate from Asus MOBO, amd quad CPU to an Asus H97 MOBo, I5 Intel CPU, I have an Image backup, repair sys win 7 64 cd and the original WIN 7 64, I have a software that I need to keep (no key code) , how to do to validate the HDD transfer to the new PC without losing my applications?

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November 2, 2014 at 23:40:39
If the operating system is OEM and you are moving the hard drive to a system with a different motherboard and processor you will find that you are breaching the MS EULA.

If it is retail you should be fine.

You will need to dicover the product key. Software such as magical jellybean can do this for you.

Once the HDD is put into the new system you may find that it won't boot or there will be driver conflicts you have to deal with. You will need to perform a repair install to correct these issues. This is where you will need the product key and the installation media.

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November 3, 2014 at 08:35:40
I built the old PC and I am building the new one, when you mention product key, do you mean win 7 product key or the other applications products keys? Installation media? Mean reinstall the apps?
Please let me know, thanks on advance..

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November 3, 2014 at 12:57:08
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The Windows 7 product key is the important one. This is the one that Magical Jellybean can find for you to record. It is the one you will need if you have to perform a repair install of the OS.

The big question is when you built your last computer did you buy a cheap version of Windows 7? If you did than it is likely an OEM product. This means it can only ever be installed in one rig. When it dies so does the MS OS software it has installed on it. MS log the product ID against the hardware (motherboard and CPU) details to enforce this. If it is a retail version you are allowed to move the operating system around although it can only be installed on one machine at any time.

SIW (free) can look at other keys for you to record but chances are it won't find everything you have installed.

There is a small chance that after you have transplanted the HDD into the new rig and you get it running that some software might not work. Sometimes they have to be reinstalled. It would pay to contact the software vendor and explain your situation to check if they will cover you in the case their software becomes unresponsive.

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November 3, 2014 at 19:37:15
Why can't you reinstall the apps on the new PC? If they have don't require a product key to activate I wouldn't think it'd be a problem. Or if for some reason you can't, why not just leave the drive in the first machine and use both computers?

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November 4, 2014 at 23:52:56
Thanks again, you guys are the best !!, following your advice, after Assembling and connecting the hardware plus my old HDD; windows started Ok, just with several drivers missing, than I run the Repair System Win 7 64 cd, it requested the Image backup, run it and then i run the Motherboard Cd and now every single Driver and software are perfectly running, no need to reinsert key codes. I guessed today is one my luckiest day. Thanks and have a good day.

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November 5, 2014 at 00:08:57
You may still get a WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) notification within the next few days.

This is where you will need your product key to let MS know that your OS is legitimate.

With any luck you won't have to go through that chore.

Thanks for your feedback.

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