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Windows 7: refurbished PC COA

13 Feb 2014   #1
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
refurbished PC COA

I bought a refurbished HP SFF PC. The COA sticker says "Windows 7 Pro for refurbished PC's".
I haven't turned it on yet to see if it has a bunch of bloat ware from HP.
Can I download the Windows 7 Pro .iso and do a clean install using the COA sticker?

I bought the computer to mess around with, it won't have any important files on it and will be used by guests that come over, I don't want them touching my main PC.


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13 Feb 2014   #2
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Most refurbs have minimal bloatware - but I've never actually seen one that hasn't been in use for a while.
They are supposed to be imaged from clean (i.e. no the maufacturer's) disks from the refurbisher, so unless your was one of the bigger outfits, it's likely to be bare-bones, with possibly an AV, and an Office Trial on it.

So far as I know, the COA Key is valid in exactly the same way as a 'normal' one - and can be reinstalled as many time as you like on the same hardware, using either the refurbisher's recovery media or retail media.
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13 Feb 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Why don't you make an image of what's on there. Then you can mess with it. This is most likely not worth it though.
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14 Feb 2014   #4
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

No discs or cables were included. Just the case, keyboard and mouse. I'm going to buy a VGA cable and see what's on there later today.
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16 Feb 2014   #5
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Been busy with other stuff so I haven't bought a cable yet. There is a disc included, found it after I went through the box before throwing it out. Good thing I did, the disc is: "Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, includes service pack 1, for distribution with a refurbished PC".
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16 Feb 2014   #6
user31

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Use the activation code on your pc; it'll work fine on any 7 disc.
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16 Feb 2014   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Sounds like a vanilla install then - no bloat, if you're lucky!
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23 Feb 2014   #8
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Probably going to sell this and get a new HP.
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08 Oct 2014   #9
Geralder

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello,

I don't know if it is important any more, but I bought a refurbished Windows 7 PC here Gebrauchte Notebooks, Computer und Monitore günstig online kaufen
It is a Lenovo and was preinstalled without any bloatware. Also the activation was complete. Anyway I have done a new installation, because I change the HDD. The activation code on the PC worked fine for me and also the activation with the microsoft telephone support worked without a problem.

So in my opinion there will be no problem if you download the windows 7 .iso an install it with your key.
In the past I only had problems with .iso files from the microsoft partner website. (they sometimes don't accept any key)
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