A user's hard drive crashed on an Inspiron 560 (Late 2009) desktop with OEM windows 7 professional. I cloned the hard drive, in hopes of retaining user preferences, data, etc, but now windows is activated but not genuine. I've tried going through windows tech support, activating via phone, even using an entirely different windows 7 key, but I cannot make the copy of windows genuine.
Is there any possible of making this copy of windows active?
Is it possible to clone hard drives in these circumstances? In the future, is there a specific process I can follow with oem windows 7 licenses to ensure that the copy of windows remains genuine (say to upgrade a users hard drive or in the case of a hard drive crash like this?)