Hey guys! I have a question for you smart smart people I recently built a new computer with every penny I had, so I don't have money for a new Windows license. In fact, the only thing not new in my computer is the hard drive which has windows 7 installed on it. That was my work around not having to cough up another $100 I simply don't have. Anyway, at first windows said it wasn't Genuine after I put it in my new computer. I figured it was because they detected the new motherboard. So after a few days of threats, I clicked on the "resolve issue now" button and luckily Windows did a check on my computer and deemed it Genuine after all! Yeeah!
But here is the issue.. Everything is running really slow and I'm pretty sure it's because my hard drive needs to be formatted and have windows reinstalled since it's been WAYYYYY too long. I'm afraid if I format and then reinstall Windows 7 I might not get as lucky with the genuine issue. (By the way this IS a OEM copy of Windows, hence my fear) I had DJBPace07 helping me a lot recently so I didn't wanna bug him anymore. But when I told him that windows was at first saying it was NOT Genuine, check out his reply:
"Reusing an old Windows drive is possible, but you need to reinstall Windows due to low-level drivers. If you reinstalled Windows and it doesn't activate over the internet, you can call Windows for activation. If all else fails, you can try Linux. I prefer Debian, but it will be a large learning curve."
Not sure what he means by low-level drivers, but that could be another reason things are kinda slow. It sounds like HE thinks I may be able to reinstall windows. Although I'm sure if it gets to the point that I have to call them for help, they will screw me over. They like to do that lol. And Linux is out of the question for me.
So thoughts? Advice? Any ideas are MUCH appreciated. You guys are the best, so I know if it can be done you guys will know how. Maybe the windows CD will have a format and reinstall option that will work or something? Thanks in advance guys