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Windows 7: Software which to check Product Key with Windows CD

10 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
Software which to check Product Key with Windows CD

Hi,

Is there any software which allows you to test if the Product Key will work with the Windows Installation CD before going through the entire method of installing.

Thanks


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10 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

There is no authorized tool available to check whether a particular key is valid or genuine prior to the install, you need to install Windows 7 then input the key, then activate and validate online. And if you are thinking of keygens, forget it- its not possible.

If your product key has come from a legit source, that question should not arise.
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10 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
There is no authorized tool available to check whether a particular key is valid or genuine prior to the install, you need to install Windows 7 then input the key, then activate and validate online. And if you are thinking of keygens, forget it- its not possible.

If your product key has come from a legit source, that question should not arise.
I ask this question as I have four machine all with OEM Windows Key, and I don't have the OEM CDs.
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10 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

By OEM windows keys, I presume you mean the sticker keys? If yes, they will work with a regular Windows 7 dvd, rest assured.
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10 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
By OEM windows keys, I presume you mean the sticker keys? If yes, they will work with a regular Windows 7 dvd, rest assured.
Yes sticker keys.

So I need to buy a regular OEM CD which will cover all the Machine I have which are from different companies?

Is this also the case with Windows XP, and Vista?
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10 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x 64 & Windows 8.1 Core/Pro x 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Music46 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
There is no authorized tool available to check whether a particular key is valid or genuine prior to the install, you need to install Windows 7 then input the key, then activate and validate online. And if you are thinking of keygens, forget it- its not possible.

If your product key has come from a legit source, that question should not arise.
I ask this question as I have four machine all with OEM Windows Key, and I don't have the OEM CDs.
There should be a COA sticker on the side of each machine (The sticker is your key) , If you have four different stickers, one on each machine then yes you can use one Windows 7 CD. Just install windows 7 on one computer at a time matching the right key to the computer windows is being installed to. Also you may have to visit each manufacturers site to obtain drivers specific to each model.

Edit: Bill2 beat me to the punch line
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10 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

You dont need to waste money on buying a disk if you have legit sticker keys. Borrow a regular Windows 7 dvd from a friend or download a clean image off the web, install the same edition that came preinstalled on that computer, then activate with the sticker key.

Thats the case with vista. XP is different because XP doesnt have generic disks, you need to get the exact same edition and preferrably the exact same SP.
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10 Mar 2011   #8

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

For the Dell in your spec's you could:
How to use Dell Recovery, & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support
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10 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

So I guess OEM Disc will ONLY work with a OEM COA?

And a Retail version of Windows 7 will only work with a retail version of COA?
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10 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Music46 View Post
So I guess OEM Disc will ONLY work with a OEM COA?

And a Retail version of Windows 7 will only work with a retail version of COA?
ALL Windows 7 disks are identical, get hold of any disk (except factory restore disks) and use any key. If you get an upgrade disk, you can still do a clean install with a workaround.
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