Changing Hard Drives

  Allan RISC OS user 15:39 25 Mar 10
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I have a PC which had windows XP Home installed from new, I have now installed Windows 7 using an OEM version, whilst I cannot upgrade the computer, but have been offered a second hand one with the extra RAM which I require.
Can I remove the hard drive from my original machine which has the Windows 7 installed and put this in the "new" machine as its C drive?
The hard drive is not the original, it is the second replacement in my PC.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:53 25 Mar 10

"Can I remove the hard drive from my original machine which has the Windows 7 installed and put this in the "new" machine as its C drive?"

It probably won't boot as all the drivers will be wrong.

Nothing to stop you fitting the drive to the new machine , boot from W7 DVD delete the old partition and reinstall windows. However you may need to reactivate if this is a full retail disk then MS will allow you to do that.

  Allan RISC OS user 12:02 26 Mar 10

Thanks for your reply Fruit Bat, but as I have the OEM version installed on the Hard Drive will I be able to run it on the "new" machine, as I am moving the Drive which was purchased at the same time as the Windows 7?

  ame 12:17 26 Mar 10

Surely you are breaking the terms of the OEM licence? Do you not need to be using the same motherboard?

  Allan RISC OS user 12:52 26 Mar 10

ame, I do not know, tha'st why I asked, so it would seem that I would need to purchase another copy of the OS.

  ame 14:51 26 Mar 10

I think so - legally speaking, of course. Unless someone contradicts what I have said, I do not really think you should pursue this thread any further, as nobody on here should be encouraging you to break the terms of the OEM licence....

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