I purchase an older computer from work that had a clean hard drive and came with the operating system disk. The disk was misplaced, so I used the disk from a different Dell computer that I own. The problem is that the computer originally came with Vista and what I installed was Windows 7 Home Edition Premium 64-Bit. The computer runs great, but obviously I don't have an activation code for the new installation. The computer is descent, Intel Duo 2.66, 4gb RAM, and a NVIDIA Quaddro FX570 video card. Plenty good to for my son to play around on, so would like to keep it running.
Can I purchase an Activation Code to make the current installation legit?
It seems like it should be straight forward to do this at a reasonable cost, but I am not finding it this to be the case. I do have the Vista activation code on the machine that I am currently working on and I still have the machine with the activation code for the Windows 7, but this machine still running.
Would it be possible to upgrade my better computer to Windows 8 and then use it's old activation code on the machine that I am working on?.....probably a dumb idea, but thought I would ask anyway.