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Windows 7: General Question

20 Jul 2013   #1

Win7 Pro 64bit
 
 
General Question

I have a Laptop that had a hdwe failure and it has Windows 7 Home on it..I have since bought a new laptop with Win8 on it...My question is,I made a recovery set with the old laptop on 4DVD's can I use those on a different machine since the laptop is dead?
I have a Game machine that has XP on it and want to load it with Windows 7,I would of course wipe the drive first and start fresh.
Might be a dumb question but thought I would ask.


JC


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20 Jul 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello JC, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but no. An OEM product key of Windows can only be activated on the exact same computer it was first activated on, and not on any other computer.
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20 Jul 2013   #3

Win7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thats what I thought but just wanted confirmation from the experts..Thanks for the reply..I'll be buying Windows 7 for the game machine.

JC
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20 Jul 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome JC.
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20 Jul 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

I suggest Upgrade version since you have XP, and later if the machine dies it can migrate as often as you want as long as there's a qualifying copy of XP or Vista on hand or which came with the PC.

Steps for Clean Install Windows 7 . When you boot the Upgrade disk it will see any OS on the HD to allow use of Upgrade version key during install. If there's no OS or a new or wiped HD then leave the key blank, after install do the quick workaround in Option 3 of Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version to activate Upgrade version on new or wiped HD.
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