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Windows 7: How to transfer retail key from 1 pc to another?legally

29 Nov 2009   #1
GreeKNastY

 
 
How to transfer retail key from 1 pc to another?legally

so i installed a retail win7 on my laptop..well im getting ready to build a new pc and i was wondering what steps do i take to transfer my key to the new pc...i plan on putting my xp back on this laptop...will installing XP and formating the drive be all i need to do or what?..
i just dont want activation issues during installation of my new pc...


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29 Nov 2009   #2
cloud8521

 

just format it. then install xp. install Windows 7 on new pc and then activate.
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29 Nov 2009   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Hello GreeKNastY,

As long as this is a retail Windows 7 and not a OEM, then you can use it on the other computer as long as it as been uninstalled (formatted) from any other previous computer first. Since it has been activated on another computer, you may need to do a phone activation instead of the normal online activation.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 Nov 2009   #4
GreeKNastY

 
 

how will microsoft know that it deactivated off my laptop?..reason im asking is because i dont want later on when i have everything on my new pc set up properly to have activation issues..
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29 Nov 2009   #5
kronwhon

Windows 7
 
 

I work for MS Licensing. As long as it is Retail and not OEM or Upgrade versions, you will be fine. OEM will only work with the same hardware configuration.

You may have an issue with Activation, but if so, there will be a phone number provided and they will help you activate again.
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29 Nov 2009   #6
GreeKNastY

 
 

oh ok thanks shawn..will do
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29 Nov 2009   #7
GreeKNastY

 
 

thanks guys its all i needed..this may be moved/deleted/closed n what not
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30 Nov 2009   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GreeKNastY View Post
how will microsoft know that it deactivated off my laptop?..reason im asking is because i dont want later on when i have everything on my new pc set up properly to have activation issues..

They don't necessarily know for sure it has been removed from the previous machine, which is why you have to do phone activation if that same computer's MAC/config has not shown up with another key since you activated, or a certain period of time has passed.

What you are doing with the robocall is trading a series of numbers which deactivate your key on the old machine and activates it on the new machine, thus keeping it on only one machine at a time.
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30 Nov 2009   #9
GreeKNastY

 
 

i see..thanks for the info bud
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30 Nov 2009   #10
Brian6121990

Mac OS X Yosemite
 
 

wait a minute...wtf?
u serious? i cant do the same with an OEM copy? o_o
i am selling my laptop and buying a new one (still have a desktop) and i cant transfer it to my desktop? =/
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