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mirror transfer, will programs still work on new harddrive


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#1 JUSTCURIOUS4U2

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 09:48 PM

transferring a mirror image of old win 7 laptop to a new really fast win 7 laptop - question is: will all the programs work without reloading programs (mirror image)... this will have a new harddrive (the harddrive is failing)... a couple of the programs are from friends or no longer available and I don't want to lose access ? any ideas ?



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Posted 09 June 2015 - 10:21 PM

There's no certainty that an installation will work in a different computer. Windows is set up according to the hardware in the original system. There is also the question of license and activation, if the original installation is OEM Windows the license is only valid for the original computer, changing major hardware usually requires re-activation and it will no longer be a legitimate Windows install. This licensing problem does not apply if the Windows is a full consumer version (boxed or download purchase), but can still be expected to need re-activation.


Edited by Platypus, 09 June 2015 - 10:22 PM.

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 10:53 PM

Just as I would have assumed - so! for the older programs with no upgrades, we must maintain an older machine just for access... and my harddrive is going bad... thanks, worth even trying ? I think I will... and post more details if it works...



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Posted 09 June 2015 - 11:05 PM

If you're using a clone of the original drive, you can try and see if it works. It's best not to risk it with the original drive, as Windows adjusts things on-the-fly at boot, and if it doesn't work, it also may not work back in the old system either, as the installation can become corrupted (neither one thing nor the other).

 

If a hard drive is becoming suspect (and even prior just for safety) it's a very good idea to create a backup image of the drive.


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