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Jonathan Latter Nov 11, 2010, 05:44pm EST Report Abuse
Hi

May be a odd question but here goes. The current PC I have that has Win7 on it, is just about dead. I've ordered parts to build almost an entirely new PC, not thinking about the OS since I planned on just installing the retail copy I have (that, up until 3 days ago was on my old PC).. Is this possible?

Will Windows 7 complain that it's getting installed on a different machine and is already on another? (even though the hard drive that had win7 on is now formatted). The only way I see a problem is if you install the same Windows 7 disc on two machines and turn them on at the same time.

Thanks for any help
Jon


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Reason Nov 11, 2010, 06:17pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I install the windows 7 I have on a new PC? (from an old PC)
When you activate it, it will say it's already activated and you'll need to call MS to tell them your old one is dead.

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john albrich Nov 11, 2010, 06:50pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I install the windows 7 I have on a new PC? (from an old PC)

It's an iffy situation.

If the version of Windows you have is a general version that can be installed on any system, then yes it's possible and it's as easy as doing what Reason said above. (You will of course have to install any specific mobo drivers)

But, most system builders (Dell, eMachines, etc) set things up so the version supplied with a given machine works ONLY on that machine...even if you replace the mobo drivers. Some put very strict software/firmware controls on it, others are less strict and sometimes you can fudge things so it will work on another system.

Then there's the legal issue, since most of those are also licensed to be used ONLY with the system they came on. Anything else violates the license terms. Again, there are different levels of what constitutes "the system" that are considered acceptable. For example, under some licenses, even changing the CPU constitutes creating a "different" system. With others, it's less strict.

edit to add:
From a technical standpoint, it generally won't hurt to try it. If everything works then great. All you have to concern yourself with is the legal issue if any.

If it doesn't work, then all you have to do is install a different OS. Whether you pay for another Windows or use a free Linux distro is up to you.

Jonathan Latter Nov 11, 2010, 07:26pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I install the windows 7 I have on a new PC? (from an old PC)
Thanks guys I think I got it sussed.. It was bought retail and so I'm going to try and install it.. I've read elsewhere that if it doesn't work I can just call MS and get it sorted. The previous Win7 has been wiped from the HD so there shouldn't be a legal issue really.

john albrich Nov 11, 2010, 07:40pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I install the windows 7 I have on a new PC? (from an old PC)
Jonathan Latter said:
I've read elsewhere that if it doesn't work I can just call MS and get it sorted.
IF the problem is due to the manufacturer putting in software/firmware restrictions, MS won't be able to do a thing to sort it.

The previous Win7 has been wiped from the HD so there shouldn't be a legal issue really.
Whether there "should" be a legal issue or not isn't the point. It depends on the license(s). I don't want to keep beating a dead horse but what "seems right" and what is "legal" aren't always the same thing. Of course, it's up to the individual to make his/her own decisions based on information available and personal ethics, and deal with consequences (if any) of those decisions.

I know many of our US Congress members don't seem to give a damn about ethics (and get rich by doing so)...so with those great examples, why should anyone else?

Jonathan Latter Nov 11, 2010, 08:54pm EST Report Abuse
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john albrich Nov 11, 2010, 11:44pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I install the windows 7 I have on a new PC? (from an old PC)
Jonathan Latter said:
...So according to 'some' people, because I had installed windows 7 on a previous HD that I might be doing wrong by reinstalling said OS I PAID FOR onto my new hard drive???....


To make fun of the issue of "ethics" you're making a false conclusion, seem to be mis-stating what you originally defined as the scenario, and you're mis-stating what I said.

There are certain actions that many licenses DO allow (e.g. the scenario you now posit of moving the OS to a replacement hard drive for use in the same system). There are other actions that are not permitted. But, it's not a "you always can do this" OR a "you always can't do this" situation because the licenses differ (e.g. a Win7 "student" license isn't the same as a Win 7 "retail" license, etc, and a given product license can also change over time.

Also, how much you paid for something is irrelevant to an argument re: ethics. You enter into a contract with the purchase and/or use of the software. But like I said, what one does from then on is a personal decision.


edit to add:
BTW, I didn't intend for this to be any kind of reflection on your intentions if that's what you thought, because I have no idea what your licenses allow, exactly what you're actually doing, etc. For completeness and because many people don't understand the possible legal risks they may run into by doing something like this, I merely pointed out there are two aspects involved in migrating an OS (and any bundled applications): technical, and legal. Some people are very concerned about possible legal issues of doing something (especially if they are running a business)...others aren't.

Dave Nov 12, 2010, 04:27pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I install the windows 7 I have on a new PC? (from an old PC)
I don't know about OS's you get with Dell etc. machines being only able to install on the machine they came with. When Dell sent me the free upgrade from Vista to 7 I dumped the original Vista on my Desktop using the key off the laptop and it worked fine.

Well, the PC didn't because Vista iss**te but you get my meaning.

Dublin_Gunner Feb 04, 2011, 06:22am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I install the windows 7 I have on a new PC? (from an old PC)
If its retail - no problem. I think you can activate it 5+ times before requiring a call to MS.

Even then, its fairly simple, tell them you formatted and wish to reinstall and they'll give you the activation code.

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Rommel Feb 04, 2011, 06:10pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I install the windows 7 I have on a new PC? (from an old PC)
retail versions are transferable unlike oem. i believe you can even sell your retail package when your done using it if it's not on a current machine.



 

    
 
 

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