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Windows 7: Windows 7 Re-install - 2 Retail copies

23 Jun 2011   #1

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Windows 7 Re-install - 2 Retail copies

Hi Windows 7 people,

I am hoping this is very easy to answer.

At the moment I have 2 retail copies of Windows 7, and have one installed on my desktop machine and one on my netbook.

I am upgrading the desktop machine, basically new motherboard, cpu, ram, HD and graphics.

I believe my key is good for a reinstall but I have a slight dilema as I don't know which key is installed on which machine! I obviously have 2 but didn't make a note when I first activated them. I don't want to get it wrong and have issues trying to use the same key on 2 machines.

Anyway I can cross reference information from the netbook / desktop installs with my retails key I still have in the boxes?



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23 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 home premium x64

A key finding program will tell you which on each machine. There is a link to free one on this page
Windows 7 Key - How To Find the Windows 7 Product Key Code - Windows 7 Serial
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23 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Retail

Unfortunately that page links to Magic Jelly Bean, says it only works with Windows 7 keys when you pay $24.99 for the more advanced version?

Keyfinder | Magical Jelly Bean

Is there no way I can cross reference the product details from my Windows 7 info page to the DVD(s)? I don't actually need the key again as I have it, I just need to know which of my keys is the correct one for the desktop.
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23 Jun 2011   #4

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23 Jun 2011   #5


Use Belarc to audit all hardware and installed software including keys. Print it out and save it.
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25 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Retail

Belarc worked a treat, thanks guys.
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25 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy View Post
Belarc worked a treat, thanks guys.
Pleased to hear it and thanks for letting your respondents know.
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