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27 Jan 2014   #1
aceconklin

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Question on installing windows 7 on another computer.

Hello everyone I'm new here. I just have a question. I'm currently building a new desktop and I would like if I wouldn't have to buy a new copy of windows. So my question is can I take the copy of windows 7 off another unused laptop and use it on this new build? The activation code and I have my own windows 7 CD. Also I'm not worried if I should or should't I just want to know if it would work. Or if windows somehow knows its not the computer it was originally installed on.

Thanks for the help!

-Dave


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27 Jan 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Dave, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If that is an OEM copy of Windows 7 that came preinstalled on the laptop, then you will not be able to use or activate it on another computer since it is permanently tied to the motherboard of the first computer it was activated on.

If that is a retail copy of Windows 7, then you will be able to install and activate it on another computer after you remove it from any other computer first.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Jan 2014   #3
aceconklin

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

So for a new desktop build I will be needing a fresh copy of Windows 7. Okay thank you very much! Helped me save a lot of time and frustration!
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27 Jan 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome.
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27 Jan 2014   #5
aceconklin

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

I appologize I do have another question. What if the person needed a new motherboard in that original computer? What would they do then?
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27 Jan 2014   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

They could try and activate by phone. If it doesn't activate, then they could try explaining the situation to the phone activation operator to see if they may allow it to be activated.
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27 Jan 2014   #7
aceconklin

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Great, thanks for the info!
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27 Jan 2014   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Anytime.
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