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Can I run a Vista OS C drive on a new Windows 7 or 8 computer

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My Dell Vostro is giving lots of problems (mechanical not software) 


I have some programs on my C drive that I will not be able to replicate. If I purchase a new computer with Windows 7 or 8 installed would I be able to install Vista OS and operate the old C drive as the primary drive.


I already have a cloned copy of my C drive in case I have a major failure.



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If the drive is out of another OEM computer then not legally as the Vista OS is tied to the old computer. If it's a full retail version then yes, you should be able to install it in the new computer. You will probably have to do a Repair Install so it will run with the new hardware.

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