Originally Posted by Hightower
I like the clean install option myself as there's loads of crap I don't want, but there's loads of stuff that's important too (backed up of course). But can I still use the windows 7 edition that I'm using now for the new installation on the new drive?
Yes, you can use the same licence to reinstall on the same PC. Your PC would have either:
A. Had a win7 installation dvd supplied with it
B. Have a utility to create a recovery disk set onto a number of blank dvd's (in this case the PC usually reminds you to do this soon after initial setup)
The PC will also have a certificate of authenticity (COA) sticker on the right hand side panel or top panel of the desktop tower unit with the win7 serial number which will be required.