can you move windows os to new system

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  1. sparks

    sparks 2[H]4U

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    I have an old computer that has windows 7 ultimate on it.
    The computer is not used any more and I am building a new one.
    Is there any way to deactivate or move the serial number to the new computer?
     
  2. Bandalo

    Bandalo 2[H]4U

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    If you have the key, yes. Just install on the new system when it's built. You MAY have to call MS with the number the activation program will provide, but that should be it. That's all you need technically.

    Legally you're good if you wipe the old hard drive.
     
  3. BulletDust

    BulletDust [H]ardness Supreme

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    That all depends on whether the version of Windows is OEM or retail. If it's OEM than technically it dies with the machine it was originally installed on. Although lately Windows has been pretty slack enforcing that rule.
     
  4. Bandalo

    Bandalo 2[H]4U

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    Good point, and very true. I haven't seen it ever really enforced for an end-user though, just business licenses. Generally as long as you're only using a key on one machine at a time, they don't care too much.
     
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    HDriscoll Limp Gawd

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    BulletDust [H]ardness Supreme

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    I've had them be a bit of a PITA over it, you do get the occasional helpdesk employee that does everything they can to make reactivating OEM products more difficult than it should be.
     
  7. Bandalo

    Bandalo 2[H]4U

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    I think I've done this a few dozen times and only gotten beyond the automated help desk once, and that was for an Office activation. But it depends on the history of that particular key. If the OP has honestly only activated it once on one machine, I'm sure he'll have no problem. If that key has been around awhile, he might end up talking to a real person.
     
  8. BulletDust

    BulletDust [H]ardness Supreme

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    I don't think the automated system exists anymore, every time I need to reactivate a Microsoft product I get put through to an actual person now. Although I guess it could very well exist in certain regions.
     
  9. Bandalo

    Bandalo 2[H]4U

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    I've always called from the US. I haven't had to use it for a year or two now though, so I can't say. I know the automated system always solved my problem with just a minor headache.