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original hard drive into new tower.

by chiphed / November 28, 2009 7:47 PM PST

Hello,I have a new tower bundle and am wanting to put my original hard drive with windows vista home premium already on it into my new tower.I have tried this and it said there was a hardware change and kept restarting.Can I get around this without formatting the drive?
I have already backed up everything jusy in case.
thanks in advance.

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It's best to reinstall Vista from the DVD.
by Kees Bakker / November 28, 2009 7:57 PM PST

But there's no need to format the hard drive while doing so. Juat don't choose the format option.


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Yes and No
by Jimmy Greystone / November 28, 2009 9:09 PM PST

Yes and no. Yes you can get around it by not formatting, but no you can't get around having to at least reinstall Windows.

And if your copy of Vista came with a name brand system, it will fail to activate on the new one. This is all by design, so there's nothing broken to try and fix. You will simply have to go out and buy a copy of Vista or Windows 7 for the new system. Or you could go the Linux route as well if you preferred.

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