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Windows 7: licensing question

13 Feb 2011   #1
hatrabbit

OSX
 
 
licensing question

I know someone whose hard drive crashed so she bought a new machine. She has the Windows 7 disks that came with the original computer and she's offering them to me. Since the OS is no longer being used by the broken computer, will the registration work if I put it on my machine? In other words, would that scenario be functionally the same as if I bought a new full version? Thanks.


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13 Feb 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Provided it is in use on no other computer you should be able to achieve proper activation. You may have to use the phone method the first couple of times until they have your system logged as belonging to that key though.
This isn't the case if they are system discs meant for her specific computer. If you are dealing with a actual hologramed win 7 disc you should be fine though.
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13 Feb 2011   #3
nitroman84

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

OEM disks in most cases will not allow installation on another type of computer. Also if trying to use the key from the other computer it most likely will not work as it is tied to that hardware when activated for the first time.
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13 Feb 2011   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Depends on if she bought a retail copy of WIn7 to install on the old machine - a retail copy except for OEM can migrate for life.

If it came with the machine it is factory OEM, which like retail OEM is tied to the mobo first installed upon.
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13 Feb 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

As was pointed out - for a retail version it will work, for an OEM version it will not work.

LOL, Greg always beats me.
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13 Feb 2011   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

That's OK, Wolfgang. Nitroman beat me and MagnusCreed beat him.

Good company, all.
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13 Feb 2011   #7
nitroman84

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
That's OK, Wolfgang. Nitroman beat me and MagnusCreed beat him.

Good company, all.
One of these day's I'll cross the line first.
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13 Feb 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nitroman84 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
That's OK, Wolfgang. Nitroman beat me and MagnusCreed beat him.

Good company, all.
One of these day's I'll cross the line first.
Have to be fast around here - LOL
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13 Feb 2011   #9
nitroman84

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nitroman84 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
That's OK, Wolfgang. Nitroman beat me and MagnusCreed beat him.

Good company, all.
One of these day's I'll cross the line first.
Have to be fast around here - LOL
Very true, I'm normally still hunting and pecking my KB long after the third or fourth answer has been given.
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