Transferring Windows 7 to a new pc RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi

    So a few months ago I purchased Windows 7 and installed it on my hard drive. About a month after that, I purchased a new 2tb HDD, and installed the same copy of W7 and discarded my old HDD. Every time I logged in to OS it would ask me to 'register' W7... I kept skipping purely because I wasn't sure if/how my copy would transfer over.

    Now, I've once again upgraded my PC and am formatting my HDD and planning to do a fresh restart. How can I use my original copy of W7 on my new system?



    Edit: Sorry I was meant to post this in Windows 7 forum.
    • Edited by spqr9 Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:37 AM
    Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:35 AM


  • If the Windows 7 is a Retail version (came in a decorative plastic box) then you are allowed to move the Windows as many computers as you wish (as long as it is only installed on one computer at any given time).

    If the Windows 7 is an OEM version (likely came in a shrink wrapped cardboard sleeve) then it is tied to the first computer it is installed on and can not be moved to any other computer.


    Thank you,


    Darin MS
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, November 10, 2011 7:45 PM
    Thursday, November 10, 2011 7:44 PM