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Windows 7: Can i install windows with the product key of another PC

07 Sep 2014   #1
random91

windows 7
 
 
Can i install windows with the product key of another PC

hello to every one,
i have a couple of questions, i want to format my pc and i want to install windows 7 home premium, but i have the product key of another Pc( i found it on the sticker of my laptop ), this is the question: can i use it on my desktop? my SO is Windows 7 home premium OA what does it mean OA?
sorry for my bad english


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07 Sep 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Random91, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Activation is also known as OA. It's an OEM Windows.

I'm sorry, but no. An OEM product key is permanently tied to the motherboard on only that specific computer, and cannot be activated on another computer.
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07 Sep 2014   #3
random91

windows 7
 
 

Thankyou for the reply
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07 Sep 2014   #4
gregrocker

 

It means Offiline Activation which is how it is activated at factory with an SLP mass activation method.

To use the Product Key on the laptop it came with you'd Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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08 Sep 2014   #5
random91

windows 7
 
 

gregrocker thers no difference if i use it on another pc?
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08 Sep 2014   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You won't be able to activate the OEM key on another computer.
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08 Sep 2014   #7
random91

windows 7
 
 

it's this that i want to know because my laptop is broken
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08 Sep 2014   #8
Imrankhan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I recently found this on a HP Pavilion DV6. While reinstalling Windows 8 it didn't ask for product key. Entering product key page is skipped while installation. Even the Windows 8 doesn't ask for activation after installation.
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08 Sep 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

Windows 8 is activated automatically through the BIOS if a license has been assigned to that PC at factory.
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08 Sep 2014   #10
JoeAlker

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit/Windows 8 64-bit
 
 

I did use my Windows 7 laptop activation key on a Virtual Machine, and that seemed to work ok...
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