activation of my windows vista after moving hard drive to new comp

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by lj0419, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. lj0419

    lj0419 Guest

    I moved my hard drive from one computer to another now my windows will not
    activate because of the product number was registered on my old laptop. I
    did not think I would have a problem because I simply removed my hard drive
    and placed it in this computer so I am not trying to install it again.

    My windows will not activate because of this. What can I do?
     
    lj0419, Apr 7, 2007
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  2. lj0419

    Rock Guest

    There are a couple of issues here. Firstly is the XP version OEM or retail?
    If retail it can be moved to a different computer. If OEM, by the license
    it can't be moved to another computer, whether by installation or by moving
    a hard drive with it already installed.

    Normally when moving a drive with XP installed to a different computer,
    aside from the licensing issues, a repair install is needed to get it to
    work properly unless the hardware is identical or almost so.

    Changing a Motherboard or Moving a Hard Drive with XP Installed
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

    Does it boot up? What error message are you getting?
     
    Rock, Apr 7, 2007
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  3. lj0419

    Rock Guest

    Sorry, disregard that link, I was thinking I was in an XP newsgroup...lol.
    The point about the transfer of an OEM license still applies in Vista,
    however.

    If your copy of Vista is retail, and it won't activate by the internet, then
    do the phone activation.
     
    Rock, Apr 7, 2007
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  4. 1. Open the System item in Control Panel. To do this, click Start, type System in the
    Start Search box, and then click System in the Programs list.

    2. In the Windows activation section, click the Change product key link.
    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password.

    3. In the Product key field, type the product key, and then click Next.

    4. Follow the steps in the Windows Activation Wizard to complete the activation process
    which may include activation by phone.


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    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows - Shell/User

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    I moved my hard drive from one computer to another now my windows will not
    activate because of the product number was registered on my old laptop. I
    did not think I would have a problem because I simply removed my hard drive
    and placed it in this computer so I am not trying to install it again.

    My windows will not activate because of this. What can I do?
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Apr 7, 2007
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