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Windows 7: Will this computer have the license key to Windows 7?

19 Mar 2014   #1
mmcdonald1986

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Will this computer have the license key to Windows 7?

I am strongly considering purchasing this computer. It comes with Windows 7 Professional installed, but it also ships with Windows 8.1 Pro License and recovery media, which I do not plan on using. But I want to do a clean install of Windows 7 when I get the computer. Will it have the license key to both Windows 7 AND Windows 8, or is the Windows 7 install just something they did at the factory? I'm not even sure if this question makes sense.



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19 Mar 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

How are we to know ? You should ask the seller these questions.

But if 7 is installed, by law they have to affix a COA with the key. (license)
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19 Mar 2014   #3
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Once you install 8, Seven is history. It cannot be used in any fashion.
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19 Mar 2014   #4
mmcdonald1986

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks for the reply. I am never planning on installing Windows 8. I guess my question was whether the Windows 7 that is preinstalled is a factory downgrade, or if it is a legitimate version of Windows 7 that I could clean install.

I don't have much knowledge of how the industry works and I thought that perhaps somebody on here would know the answer.
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19 Mar 2014   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

As long as it has the COA, you can reinstall 7 if you wish. If it comes with Windows 7 Professional installed, (which it does) you will be fine.

You`re gonna have to asked the seller if it comes with a Windows 7 license. (I`m sure it does)
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19 Mar 2014   #6
richc46

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The computers come with Seven with an option to use 8 as a sales incentive. You can keep either one, not both.
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20 Mar 2014   #7
gregrocker

 

Since it ships with WIn7 it will have a COA (by law) as Brian says, so you can easily do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

However if it has a UEFI BIOS there's a few extra steps which can be understood by also reading over UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums which mainly involve booting the WIn7 installation media (provided in tutorial Step 1) as a UEFI DVD or flash stick. Then delete all partitions to create and format new ones as you wish.

If it has a UEFI BIOS it will ship with UEFI install so there's no need to change from Legacy. However some users prefer Legacy installs, especially if UEFI gives them any trouble, so here is how to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7.

Feel free to ask back any questions as you go. We specialize in these reinstalls and have helped tens of thousands of users get a perfect one.
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20 Mar 2014   #8
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Since it ships with Windows 7 it will have a COA (by law)
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If it has a UEFI BIOS it will ship with UEFI install so there's no need to change from Legacy. However some users prefer Legacy installs,
NO, As the Notebook comes with OEM downgrade rights for Windows 8/8.1 Pro, there will only be a COA for Windows 8/8.1, to clean install Windows 7 Pro Legacy or UEFI you will need to buy a Product Key.

Toshiba Satellite S55-A5359 Laptop

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Laptop summary

Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Processor
Windows 7 Professional (Windows 8.1 Pro license and recovery media included)
8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory
Intel® Integrated Graphics
1.0TB (5400 RPM, Serial ATA)
DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer)
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20 Mar 2014   #9
mmcdonald1986

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Here is a quote from the seller on their webpage.

[Product Alert: This product comes pre-loaded with Windows 7 Professional as the operating system. It also comes with the Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro restore disk if you choose to upgrade from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 8.1 Pro. ]

This leads me to believe that it has actual Windows 7, and not some downgraded version, because you only get the Windows 8 stuff on the chance that you would want to upgrade it sometime down the line, which I don't.
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20 Mar 2014   #10
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If you upgrade, you lose Seven. I have seen these offers before. It is a sales promotion to get you to buy, before 8 is ready. There is no extra give aways.
It is the same as though you bought the upgrade DVD.
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