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Windows 7: Install 7 onto different machine?

24 Jan 2014   #1
mrirondream

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Install 7 onto different machine?

Hi Everyone

I'm about to receive a shiny new laptop. The only problem is it comes with Windows 8.

Now i'm not necessarily against the change to windows 8, though I'm not a fan of it's new menu system that just seems to hide things in in-obvious places...

Anyway... as a theoretical question;

Q: Can I install my Windows 7 copy from my current laptop onto my new one?

I don't know if changing machines would create any conflicts, or if there is a licensing thing saying the copy on my laptop applies to one machine only...but that's why I'm here! Hopefully you guys can tell me

Thanks in advance
MID


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24 Jan 2014   #2
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

If Windows 7 came preinstalled on your laptop it is probably an OEM license meaning it is tied to that computer only and cannot be moved to another one.

Jerry
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24 Jan 2014   #3
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrirondream View Post
Hi Everyone

I'm about to receive a shiny new laptop. The only problem is it comes with Windows 8.

Now i'm not necessarily against the change to windows 8, though I'm not a fan of it's new menu system that just seems to hide things in in-obvious places...

Anyway... as a theoretical question;

Q: Can I install my Windows 7 copy from my current laptop onto my new one?

I don't know if changing machines would create any conflicts, or if there is a licensing thing saying the copy on my laptop applies to one machine only...but that's why I'm here! Hopefully you guys can tell me

Thanks in advance
MID
There is another angle to this. If your new PC has Win 8.1 Professional, it can be downgraded to Win 7 Professional. This is only allowed with the Professional versions of the two. It seems strange that Microsoft would not allow all versions to be downgraded, but that is the way it is. Understanding downgrade rights
You would not have to buy the license in this case. To downgrade any other versions you would have to spend the $100 or so for the license which I am sure you don't want to do.
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24 Jan 2014   #4
mrirondream

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Ok folks, thanks for the quick answers :)
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24 Jan 2014   #5
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You may think it is worth it. Retail versions seem sold out. OEM versions still out there ( I think MS is still shipping them ) after the Win 8x very poor sales

55 bargain. Only 1 left. Not surprised.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Wi.../dp/B004Q0PT3I
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24 Jan 2014   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrirondream View Post
Hi Everyone

I'm about to receive a shiny new laptop. The only problem is it comes with Windows 8.

Now i'm not necessarily against the change to windows 8, though I'm not a fan of it's new menu system that just seems to hide things in in-obvious places...

Anyway... as a theoretical question;

Q: Can I install my Windows 7 copy from my current laptop onto my new one?

I don't know if changing machines would create any conflicts, or if there is a licensing thing saying the copy on my laptop applies to one machine only...but that's why I'm here! Hopefully you guys can tell me

Thanks in advance
MID
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