Windows 7 Reinstallation & Reactivation

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September 16, 2010 at 13:07:12
Specs: Windows 7, P4
I want to upgrade the harddrive on my computer running Windows 7. Will I be able to use the same MS Product key when I install Windows 7 on the New Harddrive?

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September 16, 2010 at 13:57:59
Why not clone the hard drive from old to new ??

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September 16, 2010 at 14:14:08
I don't want to clone it or use another 3rd party app. I want to start with a fresh install of Windows 7

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September 16, 2010 at 14:24:45
You would use the product key that is on the Win 7 cd.

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September 16, 2010 at 14:27:37
how many times can you use the product key that comes with windows 7 ?
I mean, is there a limit to how many times I can rebuild my computer?

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September 16, 2010 at 15:07:21
There is no limit on the number of times it can be used on the same pc with the same hardware, although you may need to phone Microsoft to reactivate if you do it too often within a short period of time.
As to rebuilding, it depends on your licence, retail or oem. Full retail you can upgrade all you want, but again you may need to phone Microsoft to reactivate.
OEM is tied to the original pc, a major upgrade like replacing mb/cpu is considered a new pc under the licence terms, but if your mb dies they will usually reactivate it when you phone and explain.

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September 16, 2010 at 16:36:38

How many times can I activate Windows 7?


Windows can be activated any number of times, but your re-activation experience will vary based on the way you acquired Windows.

1. If you acquired Windows via retail purchase (boxed product), you may activate via the Internet the first five times. Subsequent activations are allowed but must be completed via telephone.

2. If you acquire Windows pre-installed on a computer, re-installation would not require additional activation steps unless significant hardware changes were made.



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September 17, 2010 at 07:27:16
Is there any way to avoid having to re-activate after a clean
re-install of the same copy of Windows 7 OEM on the exact
same hardware it was previously installed on?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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