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Can I reuse a Windows 7 disc due to hard drive failure?

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#1 iceking77


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:22 PM

I was just wondering if my windows 7 installation disc will work on a new hard drive I'm buying to the replace the one that died after I had installed windows 7 on, with the id.

I'm assuming not, just thought I'd ask though.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:29 PM

System manufacturer and model?



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:17 PM

License Transfers
OEM Software may NOT be transferred to another machine. Even if the original laptop, PC or Server is no longer in use, or if the software is removed from the original hardware, OEM licenses are tied to the device on which the software is first installed.

Hardware Replacement
The motherboard is the component that determines whether or not a new Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System license is required. Motherboard upgrades or replacements require a new operating system license with an identical series motherboard (unless a replacement is for a defect).

OEM Software Licensing: Rules & Restrictions

Generally, an end user can upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on a computerexcept the motherboardand still retain the license for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created. Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred to the new computer, and the license of new operating system software is required. If the motherboard is replaced because it is defective, you do not need to acquire a new operating system license for the PC as long as the replacement motherboard is the same make/model or the same manufacturer's replacement/equivalent, as defined by the manufacturer's warranty.

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