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#1 pvtires

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 11:09 AM

I am in the process of building a desktop for myself. My mother has Windows 7 installed on an old laptop that nobody uses anymore. I wanted to transfer the Windows onto my desktop, the problem is that she got the OS from the windows website. Now is it even possible to transfer the OS from that laptop to my desktop although it has no disk? Thanks for the help!



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 11:31 AM

You can't do that.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 11:42 AM

In general Microsoft will only support the transfer on an OS from one computer to another when both systems have identical hardware.

 

As part of the activation process a hardware identifier is created based on the system components, so Microsoft will be able to tell if an OS is being installed on different hardware.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 12:39 PM

You can buy an honest copy on Ebay some just under $100, I just got pro for that figure.

 

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 12:40 PM

In general Microsoft will only support the transfer on an OS from one computer to another when both systems have identical hardware.

 

As part of the activation process a hardware identifier is created based on the system components, so Microsoft will be able to tell if an OS is being installed on different hardware.

 

This is not accurate.  The computer with Windows 7 on it is a laptop, this being the case I guarantee this is a OEM computer.  A OEM copy of Windows is intended for one installation on one computer, period.  Once this installation is made it is tied to the computer it was installed on, specifically it is tied to the motherboard.

 

If you install it on your desktop you will not be able to get it activated because it is tied to the other computer.  Microsoft will recognize this and not allow activation.


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 01:27 PM

Call them, tell them the other unit is trashed, will no longer be capable of being used. I have gotten a OS activated that was on one machine before, then had to move the OS to another, due to prv. Unit died.

It will be blacklisted at first in their system, until you physically talk to a human.

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 03:08 PM

she got the OS from the windows website.

 

That's definitely OEM then.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 04:32 PM

 

In general Microsoft will only support the transfer on an OS from one computer to another when both systems have identical hardware.

 

As part of the activation process a hardware identifier is created based on the system components, so Microsoft will be able to tell if an OS is being installed on different hardware.

 

This is not accurate.  The computer with Windows 7 on it is a laptop, this being the case I guarantee this is a OEM computer.  A OEM copy of Windows is intended for one installation on one computer, period.  Once this installation is made it is tied to the computer it was installed on, specifically it is tied to the motherboard.

 

If you install it on your desktop you will not be able to get it activated because it is tied to the other computer.  Microsoft will recognize this and not allow activation.

 

The Windows 7 on her laptop isn't OEM, i'm sorry i forgot to mention that. She upgraded the laptop from vista to windows 7






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