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Windows 7: Installing win 7 on formatted in old laptop

28 Apr 2012   #11
TWardy

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Cool, thanks for that. Im a little bit confused about the O/S Win 7 and the numbers on the bottom of my laptop. How are they compatible? Did they do that in the shop? If I put a HDD in my hdd dock (on MY working laptop not friends broken one) and install an O/S onto it how would that be compatible (like mine with numbers on the bottom) with the laptop I choose to put it in?


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28 Apr 2012   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

By "Numbers on the bottom of your laptop" I assume you mean the 25 digit product key on the COA sticker. This is the key you need to activate a Windows installation on that PC. If this is e.g. a Windows 7 Home Premium key, you can download and burn an ISO and install and activate that. Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

But if you use just any rinky dink DVD of which you do not know the origin, it may not work.
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28 Apr 2012   #13
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You would have to call Microsoft to find out if you have a valid Product Key and EXACTLY what type it is---OEM, retail, developer's, etc.

It may be invalid.

Or it may be valid ONLY on the PC to which that sticker is attached.

Or something else.

If it is a valid Product Key, you can download a legal ISO, burn it to a disk, and install from that disk--without using that disk you got from the dealer.

A lot of shops are unethical and use unauthorized versions of Windows on customer machines. There is no easy way to tell about your particular Product Key.
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28 Apr 2012   #14
TWardy

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The Win 7 disc I have is Authetic. I used it to do a clean re-install on my laptop fine using the product key. Can I use it on another laptop? I'm downloading the Win 7 HP ISO.

Thanks guys. I'm slowly getting it.
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28 Apr 2012   #15
TWardy

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

thanks a lot guys
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28 Apr 2012   #16
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The product key is good for one activated installation.
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28 Apr 2012   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TWardy View Post
The Win 7 disc I have is Authetic. I used it to do a clean re-install on my laptop fine using the product key. Can I use it on another laptop? I'm downloading the Win 7 HP ISO.

Thanks guys. I'm slowly getting it.
It may be an authentic disc. But if it is an OEM disc, it is only authentic for your system.
That also explains why it never asked for a product key because on OEM installation disks it is a hard wired generic key that works only with OEM systems of this make (they can check that on the mobo). A Gateway disc would not correctly install on a HP PC whilst it would work perfectly on a Gateway.
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28 Apr 2012   #18
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TWardy View Post
The Win 7 disc I have is Authetic. I used it to do a clean re-install on my laptop fine using the product key. Can I use it on another laptop? I'm downloading the Win 7 HP ISO.

Thanks guys. I'm slowly getting it.
Who said the disk is authentic?

Did you call Microsoft and ask them about the Product Key?

Windows disks are a dime a dozen.

What you pay for is the Product Key. Is it authentic? For what type of Windows 7?

If it is an OEM Product Key, no, you cannot use it on another laptop.

But you haven't told us anything about the Product Key and what Microsoft or whoever said about it.
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28 Apr 2012   #19
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

TWardy,
one computer = 1 license.
1 license = one computer.
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28 Apr 2012   #20
TWardy

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Haha yip, gotcha. Thanks
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