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Windows 7: How can I know if license would be valid for re-install on same lapto?

04 Mar 2014   #1
b0bl335wa993r

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How can I know if license would be valid for re-install on same lapto?

I got the Windows professional OS pre-installed i.e along with my laptop. In the same way my brother got Windows Ultimate. My brother's is planning to do a clean install. Can he use the same key that is on the sticker of the installation disk that came along with the laptop or purchase a new one? I mean does it become invalid if he formats and re-installs on the same laptop? If yes how can he avoid re-installation?


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04 Mar 2014   #2
theog

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
If yes, need to use the key.
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04 Mar 2014   #3
b0bl335wa993r

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

No, we don't have any recovery disk
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04 Mar 2014   #4
theog

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I would make the Recovery disks.
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05 Mar 2014   #5
b0bl335wa993r

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I would make the Recovery disks.
Sorry, I didn't understand what's the connection between Recovery disks and clean re-install.
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05 Mar 2014   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by b0bl335wa993r View Post
I got the Windows professional OS pre-installed i.e along with my laptop. In the same way my brother got Windows Ultimate. My brother's is planning to do a clean install. Can he use the same key that is on the sticker of the installation disk that came along with the laptop or purchase a new one? I mean does it become invalid if he formats and re-installs on the same laptop? If yes how can he avoid re-installation?
As long as your brother clean installs Ultimate, he can use the key on the sticker. Same with yours, you must install Professional and you are allowed to use the sticker key. There is no limit on the number of times you can reinstall as long as you do not change the motherboard. == Theog was suggesting you make the recovery disks, as he put in his post #2 above, before you clean install. It is more than a suggestion. It is a MUST.
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06 Mar 2014   #7
b0bl335wa993r

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
As long as your brother clean installs Ultimate, he can use the key on the sticker. Same with yours, you must install Professional and you are allowed to use the sticker key. There is no limit on the number of times you can reinstall as long as you do not change the motherboard. == Theog was suggesting you make the recovery disks, as he put in his post #2 above, before you clean install. It is more than a suggestion. It is a MUST.
Thanks Bigcmk, I'll look in to that recovery disk thing. I didn't make one till date, I'll try one.
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06 Mar 2014   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Are you saying your brother`s laptop came with windows Ultimate installed ? ( That`s a little unusual ) you better make sure that`s what his COA says.

And yes, he should be able to use the key that came with the installation media again.
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06 Mar 2014   #9
b0bl335wa993r

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Are you saying your brother`s laptop came with windows Ultimate installed ? ( That`s a little unusual ) you better make sure that`s what his COA says.

And yes, he should be able to use the key that came with the installation media again.
Yeah, I don't know why you are saying it's unusual. Here at my place we have the choice of selection of OS when we purchase. Recently one of my friends got a laptop with Linux (maybe Red Hat, IDK for sure) and it costed him some 4500 INR i.e 75 USD less than a Windows OS version of same laptop. My brother got a DVD with that Windows key.
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06 Mar 2014   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

99% of all computers here are sold with Windows 7 Home Premium.
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