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I want to move my Windows 7 desktop to a different box. By this I mean that I simply want to move the hard drive over to a new mother board, etc. However, apparently this can not be done due to anti-theft efforts by Mcrosoft. I tried and the new machine would not boot, but the old one does after I moved the drive back.

 

So, I am wondering if I can take a backup from my V1 machine and restore it to the new machine? I know the full resptore process for 64 bit has been written up in the forums. Can someone send me a link to that writeup? Also, would it be possible to do the restore to this drive in the new machine, or would I be better off restoring to a different drive on the new machine? I don't have another drive of this size (160 GB0, but could put a 250 GB dirve in there, but I would like to be able to use that drive elsewhere.

 

Thanks for your help.

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So long as this is not an OEM version of Windows 7, you can move it as many times as you like. OEM versions are only licensed with the system on which they were originally installed. There is no such limitation on a retail (box) version.

 

I do this all the time and so long as there is not a huge mismatch with drivers it generally works well. If you are seeing "STOP 0x0000007B INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE" then the issue you are having is with the SATA driver. Set the destination motherboard to IDE mode and try again.

 

To use AHCI mode you may need to follow the steps found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

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The OEM version is actually tied to the branded BIOS,but either way you're prohibited from moving an OEM to a non-OEM machine. It will not even work as a virtual machine.

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Thanks for the feedback. I can give you a little more detail that might shed some light on what I need to do.

 

I purchased a family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium (3 licenses) and installed the 64 bit version on this machine. I pulled that hard drive and installed it into another machine. The second machine will begin to boot and gets to the point where the animated glowing window starts to form. At that point it reboots. It will offer to fix the problem automatically or start normally. If I start normally it gets to the same point and loops around as many times as I want to loop. I have tried to allow it to fix the problem but it is not able to find a resolution.

 

I removed the hard drive from the second machine and installed it again in the original machine and that machine runs normally. So, it seems like this license did somehow tie itself to that mother board. or is there something that I can do to work around this problem?

 

My other option would seem to be to do a restore to the second machine from my WHS V1 backup. Can someone give me the link to the nice writeup that was done for how to do a restore of a 64 bit backup? I know that I have seen it here, but I am not sure where in the forums it is located.

 

Thanks again for your help.

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My other option would seem to be to do a restore to the second machine from my WHS V1 backup. Can someone give me the link to the nice writeup that was done for how to do a restore of a 64 bit backup? I know that I have seen it here, but I am not sure where in the forums it is located.

 

Thanks again for your help.

 

You can check out: http://www.mediasmar...u-Need-to-Know/

 

I had outlined my own experience restoring a Win7-64b OS on my Gigabyte X58 here: http://www.mediasmar...ightmare/#17023

 

As you'll read my Ah-ha moment was finding the VISTA 32b drivers for my NIC (in my case the 32b Win7 drivers didn't work - IDKW) and after that it was quite smooth sailing -- actually ended up restoring my OS over 6 times to check out past "snapshots" of my system.

 

Here's other links of interest:

 

http://www.mediasmar...your-PC/?page=2

 

http://www.mediasmar....php?f=1&t=7349

 

http://www.mediasmar...itional_drivers

This is another way to do this but I have yet to do it tis way myself:

-- See this link -- http://www.wegotserv...t-restore-disk/

-- and this one -- http://usingwindowsh...to-a-usb-drive/

 

Let us know what you end up doing -- good luck.

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It's a Registry Setting and then you are breaking the law.

Maybe technically, but the real question is, "Does he have a valid license for each PC?" If yes, then I don't think anyone is really too concerned. MS got their money; that's the main thing I think.

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I purchased a family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium (3 licenses) and installed the 64 bit version on this machine.

So what you're saying is that it was not an OEM version of Win7. In that case, you really should be able to move it. Have you tried booting into Safe Mode?

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So what you're saying is that it was not an OEM version of Win7. In that case, you really should be able to move it. Have you tried booting into Safe Mode?

Correct, I did not buy OEM versions on Windows 7. I have not tried to boot into safe mode because I thouht it needed to boot fuirther than what I was seeing. But since I am getting to the beginning of the splash screen I may be able to do this. I will try over the weekend and will let you know if it works.

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