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Windows 7: Buying used laptop sans HD and OS

10 Mar 2017   #11
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

"...Note: Just because one buys Windows 7 in a retail store does not make it a Retail version of Windows 7..."
Right as rain! I was simply shortcut posting, if the thread starter knew what Retail meant, no sense in parroting same back. If the thread starter did not know the definitions of, and differences between, Retail and OEM -- youse guys would have posted answers to his questions In fact, my favorite Austin TX business computer store sells both OEM and Retail Windows 7 Professional.


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11 Mar 2017   #12
margrave

Windows 10 x64
 
 

Everyone seems concerned about the OS. I'd be more concerned about the laptop. How do you know it even works? Even the seller cannot know ... because there's no OS! You could be buying a $74 brick.
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11 Mar 2017   #13
atikovi

W7P64
 
 

Does say Notes: This Dell was tested with system diagnostics and passed. Key Functions were tested and found to be in good. Please note pictures are a representation of what you will get, it may not be the exact one shown on the pictures. We have more than one in stock at the time of this posting.
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11 Mar 2017   #14
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Use MS downloader to download a Win 7 pro OEM iso. https://www.heidoc.net/php/Windows%2...Downloader.exe
Bunr a DVD or install it on a USB flash disk using Rufus Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way or MS https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...-download-tool
Install on your SSD using the COA key.
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11 Mar 2017   #15
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Here's a thought...

What if the laptop's COA key was re-used on another Dell laptop of the same type, or the key was somehow activated on another PC? The OP wouldn't be able to use the existing COA key as it would already be activated.

Or am I way off base here?
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11 Mar 2017   #16
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Since COAs on computers are OEM, it would be difficult to reuse them on another machine.
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12 Mar 2017   #17
atikovi

W7P64
 
 

I pulled the trigger for this one on Ebay: Dell laptop It was listed for $200, I offered $150 and they accepted. It has the 3rd gen i5 with 8GB RAM while most others have 2nd gen and 4GB. Best part is it's still under Dell warranty until August. Most others in this price range were 5 to 7 years old. Is this a good deal?
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12 Mar 2017   #18
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

It's a good deal if you can make it work. Did you try what I wrote on post 14?
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12 Mar 2017   #19
atikovi

W7P64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
It's a good deal if you can make it work. Did you try what I wrote on post 14?
No, this one I just bought has a HD and OS and is ready to use.
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12 Mar 2017   #20
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

When you buy a used or refurbished computer you never know what they have installed.
If I were you, I would do a Factory Recover just to be sure it's clean from spyware and other things.
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