I have a Windows 7 HP Key and was wondering how I would go about reinstalling my machine. The obvious way would be to just backup all data, format the drive, and install Windows anew.
I explicitly do not want to go this way, because I want to ensure that all my programs are running how I need them BEFORE formatting the hard drive. So, obviously, I need to run two installations at the same time.
Considering that I don't know how long it will take for me to get all programs running on the new installation, I probably will need to activate the key on my second installation.
That raises the question in the title; What exactly will happen when I do this? I can think of three possible outcomes
- The old windows installation will deactivate, because a new one is activated
- This makes the most sense from a corporative POV I guess, so you can be sure that the same key is always only used on one installation only
- The new windows installation can not be activated
- This would bring a follow-up question: how do you even deactivate a windows key, so you could use it on a new installation?
- Nothing happens(tm): I can use both installations as usual with the same key activated
- This would seem strange, because: What's the point of activating it if it isn't somehow tracked on the MS servers?