Migrating to new hardware (Win7 HP)?

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Twinsen, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Twinsen

    Twinsen New Member

    Mar 22, 2010
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    So I bought win7 and got two links for 32-bit and 64-bit win7 installations. I downloaded the 32-bit version, installed it and activated, but now after two years I'm migrating to new hardware and I want to know proper procedure to successfully migrate windows activation key from one machine to other?
    1) Do I need to deactivate the key on old machine or simply format old HDDs and simply install win7 on the new HW and activate? If deactivation is needed - some instructions would be welcome...
    2) I need to switch from 32-bit win7 to 64-bit win7 since I'm upgrading from 4 to 8GB RAM. Does this have any impact on migrating procedure (Other than using the 64-bit installation)?

    Any other advice on the procedure?
  2. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
    Microsoft Community Contributor

    May 25, 2009
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    This post suggests that they will let you install Windows 7 on up to 3 PCs.
    I'm not sure if that is true or not.

    Reinstall Windows 7 on to a different computer - Windows 7 Forums

    This post also suggest that transferring it isn't a problem.

    Can I transfer a Windows 7 license to another computer? - Super User

    I'd say just go ahead and install it and if you have any problems activating it call Microsoft.

    I didn't find anything that specifically says you can't install it on more then one computer as long as it's done one at a time.

    Here's a post about deactivation.


    #2 MikeHawthorne, Sep 22, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2011

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