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Windows 7: I lost my MS Win7 Product Key

16 Aug 2011   #1

Win7 Pro 64
 
 
I lost my MS Win7 Product Key

I can't find my Windows 7 DVD & Key and I need to re-install Windows7-

If I retrieve my MS Windows 7 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

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 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

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks-
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16 Aug 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Golden is correct. You can use any Windows 7 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

 
 

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

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks everyone!
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