Will Windows fail activation on a new hard drive after previous hard drive failed

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Published on 2012-10-18T09:58:20Z Indexed on 2012/10/18 11:04 UTC
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I have a failing hard drive which won't boot, that has Windows 7 Home Premium installed. I have a replacement hard drive on the way.

My question is will I run into problems trying to install Windows 7 using the same cdkey and DVD on the new hard drive? I assume activation will find that the cdkey has already been activated and fail, especially if a hardware ID is checked which will probably be different because even though the other hardware is the same, the hard drive will be different.

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