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Moving Drive With Win 7 To Backup Computer Without Activation


I would like to come up with a way to provide a full backup computer to my customers (offline, process control application). Currently doing this with winxp and a hot-swap raid-1 enclosure. If anything in computer1 dies, can quickly move the cables and the drive over to computer2, boot up and keep running. Now moving to windows 7, more strict activation issues. Getting a separate windows license for each computer is not a problem, but how to either change the license key easily after the swap, or avoid activation altogether?

Typical system is offline, possibly abroad and would like to make the fail-over as easy as possibly for customers. Currently using oem license but open to other ideas. Have tested with retail copy of windows 7 pro and get 3-days to activate after moving to backup computer, same as oem. Would volume licensing help me here? Other ideas?


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