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Windows 7: Can I use OEM Windows 7 Product Key to activate Windows on BRAND NewPC

17 Aug 2015   #1
amandeep

Windows 10 Home x64
 
 
Can I use OEM Windows 7 Product Key to activate Windows on BRAND NewPC

Hi there,

I have a Gateway DX-4822 that I bought in 2010. I am planning to build a custom pc and will probably be switching from Intel to AMD.

I have read that OEM License keys are linked to motherboards and can't be used on a new rig, but some people have mentioned that it's possible to call Microsoft during installation and lie about the situation to get Windows activated on new computer.

These threads are 1-2 years old, so I was just wondering if this is still a possibility? Will save me over $100.

Further, I know this is not the thread for this but I am planning to get AMD FX-6300 along with ASRock 970M PRO3 motherboard. Do you think I can use my old computer case?


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17 Aug 2015   #2
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

No- it's definitely not legal to do what you propose in terms of licensing. (which is not to say that it won't work sometimes)
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17 Aug 2015   #3
amandeep

Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

I know it is not legal. I am just wondering if it is still possible. I will be starting a Master's degree in Winter so I want to save anything I can.
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17 Aug 2015   #4
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by amandeep View Post
I know it is not legal. I am just wondering if it is still possible. I will be starting a Master's degree in Winter so I want to save anything I can.
We're not going to help you do anything illegal. Please read the rules.

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4) No piracy or discussion of piracy allowed at all. Such as software, music, videos and other intellectual property violations (e.g. downloading youtube videos locally etc).
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17 Aug 2015   #5
amandeep

Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

If you and I share the same definition of piracy, what I proposed is not piracy but more of a loophole/"workaround".

There are dozens of old threads on similar topic in this forum. Not trying to justify my reason. If you can't help, that's cool.
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17 Aug 2015   #6
derekimo

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No we can't help you.
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