Hard Drive Swap?

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    tezzaq

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    Some time ago I replaced an IDE hard drive with Windows 8 installed for an SSD drive onto which I installed Windows 7. I would like to know if I can temporarily swap back to the IDE drive (Windows 8) while I obtain the Windows Product Key (embedded in BIOS apparently) and then replace the SSD drive (Windows 7), or boot from an external docking station and if so how do I do that?


    I am totally confused about the BIOS. Does a different OS change the BIOS details? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
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    If you are just swapping one drive for another then as long as it contains a operating system it should work
    without problems. Not heard of anything embedded in BIOS. The Windows Product Key SHOULD BE ON A STICKER.

    If a system has contained a verified working and registered copy of windows then there are programs freely available
    on the internet to interrogate a working copy of windows and recover the legal Windows Product Key.
     
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    Thanks for your reply and information something back.
     
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