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Windows 7: W7 On Desktop, Can I Install On Laptop (Trial)?


18 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
W7 On Desktop, Can I Install On Laptop (Trial)?

I have Windows 7 installed on my desktop and love it. I have an older HP Pavilion dv7 laptop that had Vista on it that's causing me all kinds of problems since I tried to install XP on it. After a lot of searching around I'm seeing that some of the hardware that HP used on it isn't compatible with XP and that I'd have to do a lot of individual driver hunting to make it work.

Not worth it to me, because I love Windows 7 and would love to upgrade the laptop to it. Problem is, I don't know if I have problems on the laptop beyond the OS. Can I use the same disc to install Windows 7 on my laptop that's installed on my desktop, and just not register it initially? I want to make sure the computer gets up and running well and then I'll purchase a dedicated Windows 7 license for the laptop, but I hate to waste $100+ if there are larger problems with the laptop and I have to end up purchasing a new laptop with Windows 7 on it already. I don't want to try to install it out the laptop though and have it deactivate my desktop.

Thanks a ton for any help.


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18 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Josh,

If it's a retail copy of Windows 7 that you have on your desktop, then yes you can also install it on your laptop with a 30 day grace (trial) period to use it in. You will not be able to activate it on the laptop since it is still installed on your desktop. The grace period can be expanded to 120 days though. Afterwards, you will either need to uninstall it from the laptop, or purchase a copy of Windows 7 for the laptop.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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18 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I thought it was pretty self explanatory. I have a desktop and a laptop. Windows 7 is and has been installed and registered on my desktop for a long while now. You only get one install per copy of Windows 7, correct?

Desktop = Windows 7 installed and registered and I want to keep it that way

Laptop = Vista-installed, tried to switch to XP but a lot of compatibility issues, want to upgrade to Windows 7 but the laptop is having problems that I'm not sure are related to me trying to install XP and driver incompatibilities or if there are hardware issues. I don't have a copy of Vista, only XP and Windows 7. Want to install Windows 7 to make sure it's not hardware issues but don't want to buy a copy of Windows 7 only to find out it is hardware issues and have to replace the laptop with a new one that would have Windows 7 on it anyway.
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18 Feb 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Yes you can try it for up to 120 days http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-120-days.html
Then you will need to buy a key from MS
To see if the laptop will work on 7
look at this Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
Jerry
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18 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks Brink, that's exactly what I was looking for. I know it was an easy answer but I couldn't find the info specifically related to my situation. Thanks so much.
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18 Feb 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Josh. I'm glad that we were able to help.
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