Solved

Can you do a hard drive swap to a new tower, and windows still boot and function?

I am working on someones computer, there tower wont turn on at all. I have not looked at the computer yet. From what they described either the power supply or the mother board is gone. If the motherboard is gone, can i take her hard drive and put in it in another tower and windows still work? Without reinstalled windows. They have windows Vista installed, factory image. The other tower is an HP Pro Desk 600 G1. There computer now is an e-machine or a dell.
12 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about hard drive swap tower windows boot function
  1. Yes, it should work, you would have to install correct drives on it. Also if she is running windows 10 Microsoft would deactivate her windows do to hardware change. She would need to call Microsoft and activate windows again.
  2. Quote:
    can i take her hard drive and put in it in another tower and windows still work? Without reinstalled windows.


    Highly doubtful.
    I've had little success in moving a drive with included OS to a whole different system.
    In one case, even almost identical Compaq laptops. Does not boot.
  3. I just moved my ssd from my pc to laptop. No issues whats so ever
  4. There should be no driver conflicts or cpu conflicts due to a hardware change then right. Other than installing new drivers.
  5. If you work on Personal computers, it will be advantageous for you to know the myriad licensing regulation surrounding Microsoft software.

    Operating systems pre-loaded from companies like HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc. are not transferable. You cannot within the terms of the license transfer them to another computer. For the terms of this discussion, "another computer" is defined by the motherboard. Many HP, Dell, Lenovo computers will activate based on a SLIC in the BIOS. THat means you can't even activate them on a different computer/motherboard.

    OEM licenses can also not transfer to a different motherboard.

    Retail licenses are not subject to these restrictions.
  6. I have tried it with various HDD and it has never worked with Windows XP or Windows 7, unless the motherboards were literally identical.
  7. Basically doing that violates the oem license. right
  8. With Windows 10 they allow it, but they will deactivate windows. It still works, with a message in the corner. Just call them up and they will re-activate your windows.r
  9. Sigh.
    Will it work? Probably not.
    If you've never seen it fail, you simply haven't tried it enough times.

    But you have nothing to lose by trying.
  10. Last question. Would it be considered legal to transfer the windows install like this?
  11. Drew125 said:
    Last question. Would it be considered legal to transfer the windows install like this?


    If it works, doubtful it will activate normally. You'll have to ask MS to allow activation with a whole new system.
  12. Best answer
    Tolik_ said:
    With Windows 10 they allow it, but they will deactivate windows. It still works, with a message in the corner. Just call them up and they will re-activate your windows.r


    Seeing as the OP is talking about Vista, reference to Win 10 doesn't really matter.

    And even if it were Win 10, an OEM Win 10, or Win 10 Upgraded from something else....the same. Only works with the original motherboard, unless you call MS and convince them why.
Ask a new question

Read More

Hard Drives Windows Computers Boot Systems Motherboards