Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: windows license question

25 Mar 2014   #1
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 
windows license question

I have an old pc with xp on it. it's a dell. I have the xp install disc for this pc. I also have a dell install dvd for vista that I got on ebay. if I install vista on this PC, am I breaking any laws?

if not Id like to install vista on this older PC since XP support will soon end.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
25 Mar 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Do you have any particular reason to believe the Dell Vista install disk you got from ebay is legitimate? Or illegitimate?

Do you have any type of Product Key for the Dell Vista disk?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2014   #3
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

I do know the dvd is legit because I've seen the dell reinstall dvds before so I know what they look like. I do have vista on another dell pc someone gave me. and that pc has the COA on it. but I don't have a COA for the dell DVD I bought on ebay. I have no idea how the COA and stuff works and what I can or cant do. thats why I'm posting here.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

25 Mar 2014   #4
gregrocker

 

If it doesn't have a COA with Product Key (check again) then it most likely is just a Reinstallation DVD for reinstalling a Dell PC that came with Vista and has the COA already.

So you'd need to buy a copy of the OS, in which case I'd buy Win7 Upgrade if you can find it, or OEM which is available now on Tiger Direct for around $89 for Home Premium.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2014   #5
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

I have win7 that I paid for so I may just use that. thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2014   #6
caperjack

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by macgig View Post
I have win7 that I paid for so I may just use that. thanks.
don't activate it right away ,wait a few weeks to make sure its gonna work for you on the older computer
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2014   #7
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

its a slow pc. pentium 4. may just stick with xp... I wont be putting it online so I guess xp wont matter either way. its a dell E310 I think.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You cannot install just any Windows because you happen to have an installation disc. The disc really does not matter. That you can always get from the web. What you need is one product key for each system.

If you use your Windows 7 key (provided it is a retail key) you have to first uninstall Windows 7 from the system where it is now. If it is an OEM key, you cannot move it in any way.

One solution is Linux. There you need no product key. There are many nice Linux systems out there. If you need advice, post back.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2014   #9
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

so even though I bought an xp and vista install dvd from ebay, installing and using them is not legal unless I purchased a key?

what about in cases where someone gave me a pc? am I breaking laws if I reinstall windows on those systems from the recovery partition?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2014   #10
gregrocker

 

If you have an XP COA sticker on the PC - which you should if it came with XP - and it has a readable Product Key then you should be able to use the XP reinstall disk if it is the same version and specifically an OEM channel disk.

As already said if the Vista disk did not come with a Product Key then it cannot be used to install Vista.

The owner of any PC is also the owner of the OS copy which came preinstalled on it and is entitled to run Factory Recovery to reinstall their OS along with the preinstalled factory bloatware, or do a Clean Reinstall with just the OS disk using the Product Key on COA sticker.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 windows license question




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows 7 License Question
Ok, this is a bit convoluted so bear with me please. I have a total of 3 legal copies of Windows 7. 1 in use on my current PC, and 2 still in the wrapper in the closet. All 3 are OEM's. I will be upgrading my current PC in about 3 weeks. Motherboard and CPU, keeping the Hard Drive and Windows...
Windows Updates & Activation
MSDN License Question
hello i bought a license key from a vendor that claimed the key is oem and i trusted him. when i was reading posts in this forum i found that my license is msdn. and told to the vendor and he confirmed and he said we garante it for you a year. i live in iran and microsoft hasn't a valid...
Windows Updates & Activation
Question about license keys:
Hi, Im planning to freshly install a copy of win7 due to some unsolvable errors, when i do uninstall this win7 does it deactivate the license keys used on the computer? so i can use them on the new installation?
Installation & Setup
Question about Windows 7 retail full single license versus 3 pac .
I think this a pretty easy question for most of you but I need to understand better what I'm doing. If I am reading the single license correctly it's only good for 1 pc at a time. Meaning that I can install it on another pc when I stop using the first one. This I should be able to do many times as...
General Discussion
License Question
Hi All, I intend to purchase a new computer in the near future without an operating system. My question is if I buy a full retail version of Win 7 Pro or Ultimate to use on my present 32bit computer will I be able to use the 64bit version on my new computer when I get it. I know I...
Windows Updates & Activation
question regarding license restrictions
I have a non-OEM copy of Windows 7. I have a half dozen computers. I'm thinking of putting this on my work provided laptop. I remember hearing some complaints at the time Vista was released about problems people had when they replaced or upgraded hardware. In the instance that I get a new...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:59.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App