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Windows 7: I lost my MS Win7 Product Key

16 Aug 2011   #1
Buckman1

Win7 Pro 64
 
 
I lost my MS Win7 Product Key

I can't find my Win7 DVD & Key and I need to re-install Windows7-

If I retrieve my MS Win7 Product Key (with Magic Jelly Bean Key finder), can I use my brothers

retail/boxed Windows 7 installation disk and enter 'my' legal Product Key?

Thanks-


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16 Aug 2011   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Yes, I belive you can, as long as its a retail version of Windows, and not an OEM version.

Please wait until someone more senior has confirmed my reply before proceeding.

Regards,
Golden
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16 Aug 2011   #3
Buckman1

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks-
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16 Aug 2011   #4
gregrocker

 

Golden is correct. You can use any Win7 retail installer for the same version to reinstall with your own Product Key, whether it's the Product Key which comes in the retail box or on the COA sticker on a factory OEM machine.

I would double check the installed key using Belarc Advisor which will also give you a complete audit of all of your hardware and installed software along with all Product Keys. Belarc Advisor - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Here are tips for getting a perfect reinstall using this method: Reinstalling Windows 7.
In the first paragraph I deal with how to unlock all versions in the retail installer in case the DVD isn't the same version.
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16 Aug 2011   #5
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post

Yes, I belive you can, as long as its a retail version of Windows, and not an OEM version.
If both the versions match, it's fine using an OEM disk to install - it's the key that counts.

If it is an OEM disc though, you may have to ring MS to activate since OEM discs are meant for "one off/one machine" automatic activations.

EDIT: Ninja'ed
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16 Aug 2011   #6
Buckman1

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks everyone!
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