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How to access Win 7 hd in Win 8.1

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    How to access Win 7 hd in Win 8.1

    I have a hard drive in an external case that came out of a Win 7 laptop. I just gotta new laptop with Win 8 (acutally 8.1) on it now. How can I make it boot up just like it did in the Win 7 laptop? What more info do u need to help u help me?

    Thank u SO much

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    How can I make it boot up just like it did in the Win 7 laptop?
    IF by this, you mean boot into Win7 using the drive in an external case, I don't think you can. Prior to Win8, windows was not designed to be runnable from an external drive.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    If you clone to your new Notebook, you need a new Windows 7 Product key to ACTIVATE.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    What do you wish to accomplish by booting to it? It can be done but its not easy and may not be legal. If it was a factory OEM install its going fail activation right away. The drivers on it will be for the old hardware too so that may cause issues like BSOD.

    EDIT: If all you want is access to the data on the drive you don't have to do anything. Just plug it in and browse it though explorer. You may have to take ownership of some folders to look at their contents.
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