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Windows 7: Manufacturer OEM key

26 Oct 2009   #1
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 
Manufacturer OEM key

Hello everyone, I am planing to do a clean install on a DELL 1520 that is running Vista, It has OEM key on the bottom of the laptop, i plan on doing a clean install to Winodws 7 Pro will i be able to use that OEM key to install and activate my Windows 7 Pro

Thanks.


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26 Oct 2009   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

No..that is a vista only key.. You will need a windows 7 activation key...
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26 Oct 2009   #3
Subsonic

Windows7 x64 7600 16385
 
 

The OEM key on the bottom of the laptop is the key for the OS that came with the computer so I assume its a Vista key. You will need the key that came with your copy of Windows7.
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26 Oct 2009   #4
nimche

 
 

Do you have the DVD provided from Dell or just from Micorsoft directly. I mean that, is you windows 7 burned by Dell company?
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26 Oct 2009   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Yeah I'd like to know if manufacturers are shipping clean copies of 7Up or bloaty ones.
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27 Oct 2009   #6
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

I have a Vista DVD from dell when i purchases the laptop, but i guess i cant use the KEY to activate windows 7
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27 Oct 2009   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

No, you need to buy an Upgrade and either run it from Vista to do an in-place upgrade (which reinstalls programs, files and settings), a Custom clean install (which puts all of your files in windows.old folder for later redistribution). Or you can boot from the Upgrade disk and do an even cleaner install following this tutorial: Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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27 Oct 2009   #8
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

Ok just so i understand this, if i buy a upgrade version of windows 7, and do a custom install, i can use the key on the bottom of my dell laptop to activate windows 7 and it will be legit?.
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27 Oct 2009   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

The key on the bottom is your license for Vista, period.

The Windows 7 Upgrade package will have an insert with your new key for the Upgrade.

Forget the Vista key unless you have to go back to Vista.
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27 Oct 2009   #10
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

Ok got it, thanks.
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