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So basically i ordered the parts but forgot the cd drive so I ordered that a few days after (it comes in a couple of days), so instead of waiting for that to install the OS I hooked up the internal HD to my other desktop and installed the OS on there. I booted into the drive properly and did some installations on it (so I know the drive is bootable etc).

The OS installed on the HD is Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Today I finish the build, hook everything up and the HD is recognized by the mobo as you can see :



AND when I click F8 to go to boot menu the only drive that comes up is obviously this :



So after hitting enter I'm left with this :



What am I missing here? I'm assuming a combo of recovery console + commands? What might these commands be?

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You can't use a Hdd with an OS installed from another PC. The OS has to be installed in the PC it is to be used on.
I assume you mean you have a DVD optical drive on order. Windows 7 is on DVD.
 

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If it were Windows XP I'd say you were right in thinking you'd be able to do this. However...I believe that Windows 7 has bumped up their piracy prevention measures. What happens when you install Windows is that it takes note of every piece of your computer (HDD, RAM, GFX Card, Processor, etc.), and if enough of those change, Windows says "Hey, wait a minute...are you trying to run this O/S on a different computer?"

Even still, if it were Windows XP, you'd get a message saying that "Significant hardware changes have occurred since the last time you ran windows" and thus the O/S would run like molasses in the snow.

Even if you were able to circumvent this security feature, note that Windows optimizes itself for the hardware that was installed at the time of the initial imaging, so it'd be pointless as it would not run as well as if you had just gone ahead and installed it on the "real" computer.
 

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That's incredibly odd as I'd figure home-town computer shops install OS's on HD's all the time in different comps than they plan to install them in.

I digress, thanks I will just reformat the drive and install a fresh copy I suppose.
 
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