win 7 install on new hard drive with no installation DVD Answered
I have a new hard drive for my laptop and need to install win 7 on it, as was previously installed on the old one. Being an OEM machine, it did not come with an installation disk so I either have to try and extract it from the old hard drive, or get a pirated copy.
Is it possible to simply mirror the drive onto the new one, or will it require a DVD installation?
I have the facilities to copy the drive while it is still in the laptop.
Can the activation key from the genuine pre-installed windows be used with a pirated copy to make it work without any of the "windows genuine notifications"