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Use hard drive from laptop as primary drive in a new desktop

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#1 ayreon


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 06:40 PM

When looking into how much it would cost to build a new pc i quickly realized the most expensive part would be the operating system. Is it possible to take a hard drive from a windows 7 laptop and use it as my primary hard drive so i wouldn't need a new OS or a hard drive??

Edited by hamluis, 11 December 2016 - 09:09 PM.
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Posted 11 December 2016 - 09:08 PM

Only if the components of the new system...are an exact match of the original system.


Licenses for Windows on OEM (HP, Dell, etc.) systems are not transferable to a different system or motherboard.



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Posted 11 December 2016 - 09:30 PM

Or use linux, its free !

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 02:51 PM

As your Windows 7 laptop very probably has Windows 7 licence sticker, you can use that product key for clean Windows 7 install. You just need to grab Windows 7 install DVD/files.


As for legal terms it just depends where you are living. Different countries, different laws.

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 03:23 PM

If the Windows 7 is not an OEM, with lots of patience, I think you might be able to make it work.  The biggest problem will be drivers for devices in the desktop that were not in the laptop.

Edited by RolandJS, 12 December 2016 - 03:24 PM.

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