Moving Windows 7 from One Machine to Another

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MikeM87, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. MikeM87 macrumors 6502

    MikeM87

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    Hey Guys,

    I have Windows 7 installed on a bootcamp partition on my MacBook Pro and would like to migrate this to the new iMac i have just purchased. Does anyone know how i would go about doing this?


    Thanks guys!

    Mike
     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

    ZBoater

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    That doesn't sound like a good idea. Isn't Windows going to need iMac drivers?
     
  3. MikeM87 thread starter macrumors 6502

    MikeM87

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    Hi,

    Yes it would but this is going to be a fresh install so all the drivers should be picked up by the bootcamp assistant surely?

    My question is that the disc has already been used so if I use it again then will it not say that the license has already been used? I don't mind uninstalling it from one computer and putting it on another.

    Hope this clears it up.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  4. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    That depends on what Windows you bought.

    If you bought a retail copy (full or upgrade) it will most likely activate online without a hitch. You just have to make sure not to boot the old install again.

    If you bought OEM/System Builder it will not usually activate online but will force you to call in. At which point it will most likely work just fine.

    Note that OEM/System Builder licenses explicitly do not grant you the right to transfer a license from one machine to another, so if you plan to do this again you might want to consider a retail version.

    B
     
  5. MikeM87 thread starter macrumors 6502

    MikeM87

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    Hi,

    Yes it is the full version of home premium that i have.

    Thanks,

    Mike.
     

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