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I have two laptops that have exactly the same brand, model and hardware as each other.

Windows 7 is installed on one of them.

Would it be possible to move Windows from one laptop to the other one?

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Easiest way is to swap hard drives as suggested by Olli –  Moab Feb 17 '11 at 20:25
    
By windows do you mean program application windows? Or the OS? –  paradd0x Feb 17 '11 at 20:27
    
If they are identical, why bother? Just swap the computers and save yourself the pain. –  Blackbeagle Mar 21 at 21:23
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Yes, it is. If it's OEM license, then it's a little bit gray area, as OEM licenses are per-computer, not transferable.

You can either physically move your hard disk or clone your data (and wipe source computer, as you are not allowed to run Windows on multiple machines with same license).

There is multiple tools for cloning disks, including CloneZilla.

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When you say "not allowed to run Windows on multiple machines with same license", do you mean the software will stop us from doing it? –  Pacerier Jul 13 '12 at 18:46
    
@Pacerier this is hilariously late answer, but often, yes. You'll get "you must register this" and/or "this software is pirated" warnings. –  Olli Feb 23 at 12:01
    
is it hackable / bypassable? –  Pacerier Feb 23 at 13:35
    
@Pacerier SE does not support doing illegal things, so I won't help you with that. –  Olli Feb 23 at 13:36
    
so does that mean "yes"? –  Pacerier Feb 23 at 16:48
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