Quote: Originally Posted by themaverick
Thanks - I'll let you know how it goes- I still don't understand how I can just download a free copy of windows - do I use my serial number )OEM) and won't it need activating - inwhich case won't microsoft just tell me this copy is already activated?
You have a sticker on your PC. It has a 25 Character Key on it. The sticker is not very big, about as big as three stamps. When you have installed Windows 7 and are happy with it (you have 30 days to test it out). You then input your Product Key (the 25 character one) into Windows and it is activated. You paid for Win 7 when you bought the PC. If you did not activate it, Microsoft would eventually find out and you would see a black screen one day. If you have a problem with the activation, let us know. Thanks,