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If I put this HDD into my all new computer as master, will it just boot up?
10-03-2012, 01:55 PM,
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RE: If I put this HDD into my all new computer as master, will it just boot up?
like the others, but i will add that if it is an OEM version from say HP, COMPAQ, etc. then its up to the manufacturer to decide on how it tags it to the OS. some OEM's are very lenient and only tags it to the slp from a code in bios on the MB. in addition to the bios code, microsoft uses 8 different hardware checks to validate that OEM liscence. they include everything from the serial number of the cpu, memory size, network adapter mac address to the hardware volume on the hard drive.(i cant remember all of them). but more times than none all that you can do to an OEM machine is upgrade the memory or the gpu. you'll have to backup your data files, wipe the drive and install a OS.

if it is a systems builder oem version that you personally bought, then you are the OEM builder. this is why when you replace a defective motherboard, microsoft will grant you another validation code.

if its a full retail liscence then you can transfer it to a different machine, but as mwhals pointed out, you will have driver probelms. BUT, there is a way around that by using the sysrep tool within windows. we technicians use it all the time, because a customer may want to upgrade their workstations but do not want to lose all of their data or profiles.(dont think of using this method to transfer an oem version, it may not work cause you still have to have a validation and not only is it ethically and morally wrong, its illegal!)
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RE: If I put this HDD into my all new computer as master, will it just boot up? - by PwnBroker - 10-03-2012, 01:55 PM

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