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Windows 7: Windows Xp from Dell laptop to Windows 7


30 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Windows Xp from Dell laptop to Windows 7

Years ago I bought a Dell laptop with Windows XP. It has since died, motherboard failure, and I haven't used it in about a year. I am currently building my own desktop PC. I am also a student and have the optiofn of buying the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade for 30 bucks from the Ultimate Steal thing. My question is, if I use the existing serial number from the laptop, which is no longer in use, to install windows XP onto the desktop, could I then upgrade to 7? Is it even possible to use that serial to install XP on something other then that laptop? I would prefer to save the 100 or so dollars by using the upgrade vs the OEM full version of home premium.

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30 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello, Welcome!

I am sorry, that would be entirely illegal. Unfortunately, you will have to pay for the Full Retail version.\

~Jonathan
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30 Dec 2009   #3

WIndows 7 RC1 (32bit)
 
 

You can look online for older copies of Windows XP, that come with a COA (Certificate of Authenticity). Just make sure it has never been activated. If you can find one cheap enough, you can use it for the upgrade qualification.
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30 Dec 2009   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sclausnitzer View Post
You can look online for older copies of Windows XP, that come with a COA (Certificate of Authenticity). Just make sure it has never been activated. If you can find one cheap enough, you can use it for the upgrade qualification.
Stay away from sites like Ebay, unless you want a worthless key.
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30 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

So, even though that laptop no longer works it would still be illegal? What if I didnt want to upgrade and just use XP, would that also be illegal? I guess i dont really understand the legality of the whole thing?
Thanks
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30 Dec 2009   #6

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If you buy a laptop with the OS installed it is an OEM. Which means the OS is tied to that computer. You cannot use that number or OS for any other computer. OEM means original equip mfg. The license was purchased very cheaply from MS, with the understanding that the OS dies with the computer. You need either an upgrade (if you had a OS to upgrade from or the full retail DVD). You cannot use the OEM to buy the OS for another computer.
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30 Dec 2009   #7

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

its a pity you do not live in Europe because what you propose to do would be totally legal here , a few years ago the EU commission forced Microsoft to change the rules of allowing a defunct pc key to be reused, thats why you can always find old base chassis and ram covers with XP/VISTA key certs for sale on ebay
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30 Dec 2009   #8

WIndows 7 RC1 (32bit)
 
 

You can look online for older copies of Windows XP, that come with a COA (Certificate of Authenticity). Just make sure it has never been activated. If you can find one cheap enough, you can use it for the upgrade qualification.
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30 Dec 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

After the holiday, with this bad economy (which is not getting better soon) the price of Windows 7 will come down. I heard rumours that there was going to be an offer similar to the pre order period. $49.99 for the upgrade. BTW thats when I got mine.
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01 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Well that's dumb. I guess ill look for an xp key, thanks!
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