How to recover Win7 OS when no disks were supplied when new?

By ddtoy2 ·
I have a 2-3 year old Lennovo laptop with bad MOBO. I have bought a used Dell with Win XP. Lennovo's website has nothing regarding being able to get the Win 7 recovered or able to move it. The license and key is on the bottom of the Lennovo. I paid for it with the laptop, why can't I transfer it? I can get the hard drive out and put it in an external enclosure and see if I can set up a dual boot option? Suggestion and advice will be greatly appreciated.

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most laptops come with restore partitions

by PurpleSkys In reply to How to recover Win7 OS wh ...

but you have me confused, did it come with win7 or xp? what is your goal move the OS from one laptop to another?

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RE:- I paid for it with the laptop, why can't I transfer it?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How to recover Win7 OS wh ...

No you didn't pay for it to be transferable. The Software supplied on the Lenovo which you paid for and Accepted the EULA when you first turned it on is OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer and Is Not Transferable to different hardware.

If you attempt to install 7 on the Dell from the Lenovo Recovery Partition you are committing an An Act of Piracy. Not to mention that the Lenovo has different Hardware to the Dell so the Specially Made Recovery Partition on the Lenovo can not be used to install the OS and Associated Software onto the Dell.


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re -i paid for it with my laptop

by andycadd In reply to How to recover Win7 OS wh ...

it would seem You have legal license to both xp and 7 if you "Frankenstein" the mess, take the license stickers and at least 1 component from both machines, a little glue may be necessary, and you can put whatever you want anywhere, make sure you retain the remainder in a nice box just in case someone decides to slander you, you will need some proof for your lawyer to file the suit.

I am not a lawyer of any sort and this is solely an opinion


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by jdclyde In reply to re -i paid for it with my ...

I wonder if new systems still make you re-register/validate if you change too much of the hardware? (winXP) I had replaced a video card and NIC, and it had a cow telling me to go online to re-activate. of course it wouldn't let me finish the NIC install FIRST so no way to go online and had to have a nice conversation with a MS rep.

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by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to re -i paid for it with my ...

Yep JD that still happens.

After all M$ can't be in a position of allowing any hardware changes, with OEM Software they don't make any money on it so they have to police it so hard that you are considered as Guilty before you ask for anything.


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Can't transfer the OS

by pcrx_greg In reply to How to recover Win7 OS wh ...

The OEM operating system on the Lenovo notebook is generally tied to the motherboard in the machine. You can "generally" change most of the hardware, but if you need to change the motherboard then you will have to re-activate the software with MS. Now that doesn't mean that it can not be done, I have done it often enough when a motherboard fails and an exact replacement is not available. If you call the MS activation number and explain the circumstances they will usually activate the system for you. But if you tell them that you're moving the license from one manufacturer's machine to another manufacturer's machine they will deny the request. As far as the replacement disks, most companies have a recovery program that allows you to make a set of disks when you first get the PC.www.techrepublic.comake the disks then you are out of luck unless you can buy a set of disks from Lenovo. Before Windows XP, all manufacturers were required to provide a set of recovery disks, but with XP the manufacturers convinced MS to drop the requirement if they put a recovery partition on the hard drive. The manufacturers are saving a buck to the detriment of the end user.

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