Hard drive question...
Posted 08 August 2015 - 12:24 PM
Posted 08 August 2015 - 12:34 PM
Hi mopar440 (nice big block), welcome to Geeks to Go!
Technically, there's nothing stopping you from cloning the drive using the right software. However, an OEM license of Windows is only licensed to the machine on which it was originally installed, and is non-transferable. New system, new Windows license.
Vista activation has an algorithm that looks for changes to a system. It will probably detect it's installed on a new system and throw an activation error. Finally, unless the systems are very similar, Windows will likely even refuse to boot. There are ways to fix that boot issue, but we'd be getting the cart far ahead of the horse to offer instruction now.
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