win 7 OEM re-installation

June 19, 2011 at 14:27:57
Specs: Windows 7
I have installed win 7 home premium OEM on my laptop. My hard drive died so I've purchased a new one to replace it.

My question is:

Can I re-use the OEM product key for the new installation or since windows was activated once Microsoft will not accept a second activation?


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#1
June 19, 2011 at 14:44:04
Generally, if you have problems with activation, calling Microsoft and explaining the situation will usually resolve any issues.

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#2
June 19, 2011 at 14:49:22
if I manage to create an image from my old hard drive and restore that image on my new hard drive will it work ? (at least as far as the operating system is concerned)

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#3
June 19, 2011 at 15:17:25
Possibly. Newer versions of Windows sometimes tend to balk when it sees new hardware in a system. I've had installs of XP refuse to run when doing the same thing---causing me to have to reinstall and reactivate. Wouldn't hurt to at least try.

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#4
June 19, 2011 at 15:39:47
If you mean OEM like it came from the factory as Windows 7 then just install it. It is not tied to the hard drive.

If you mean OEM like you bought an OEM disk from some store then install it and put in the key. It should activate without any issues.

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#5
June 19, 2011 at 15:43:50
I bought the OEM disk from a store and installed/activated it. Now I have to replace the hard drive and re-install win from the same disk. I'm worried that microsoft will not late me activate it on the new hard drive since it's been activated on another hard drive before!

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#6
June 19, 2011 at 17:32:03
I have an OEM Windows and have re-installed it three times with no problem at all.

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#7
June 19, 2011 at 18:54:36
And again, even if there are any issues, it shouldn't take more than a phone call (to MS) to clear them up.

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