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Windows 7: Can I use the same key?

21 Nov 2009   #1

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Can I use the same key?

Hi,

I purchased a Dell laptop from a store and it originally came in Trad. Chinese Vista Home Premium, since I wanted and English OS, I think they then reinstall it to English version, I checked and the vista key they used during installation is the one as stated at the bottom of my laptop.

So now that I've registered from the dell website for a windows 7 upgrade, I only get to choose Trad. Chinese for the upgrade DVD, does anyone know if I can use the same key that will be provided to register an english version of windows 7 upgrade (if I can use my brother's english Windows 7 upgrade disc for setup instead of the chinese one from dell)?


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21 Nov 2009   #2

 

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Hi,

I purchased a Dell laptop from a store and it originally came in Trad. Chinese Vista Home Premium, since I wanted and English OS, I think they then reinstall it to English version, I checked and the vista key they used during installation is the one as stated at the bottom of my laptop.

So now that I've registered from the dell website for a windows 7 upgrade, I only get to choose Trad. Chinese for the upgrade DVD, does anyone know if I can use the same key that will be provided to register an english version of windows 7 upgrade (if I can use my brother's english Windows 7 upgrade disc for setup instead of the chinese one from dell)?
Hi OilHemmer! Yes you should be able to use the same key.
Product keys are only tied to the edition of Windows and sub-edition (In Windows 7's Case: Professional, Ultimate, Home Premium etc.). So as long as your brothers Upgrade Disk is the same edition as you would've gotten from Dell, it's fine.

Thanks,
ZeshanA
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22 Nov 2009   #3

vista home premium
 
 

Hi ZeshanA, thanks.

I'm wondering... the key that I should be getting from Dell is the free upgrade version, but my brother bought his Windows 7 upgrade from Best Buy, is there a difference? I searched in forum and people said there are differences between OEM and retail version, does that apply to clean Windows 7 installation or upgrades as well?
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22 Nov 2009   #4
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Oilhemmer, and welcome to Seven Forums.

A OEM version can only be reinstalled and activated on the same computer that it was first activated on and no other computer.

A Retail version can be reinstalled and activated on any computer as long as it was uninstalled from any previous computer first.

This applies to all types and versions of Windows 7.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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