License question for a Win7 clean install on a WinXP system


  1. Posts : 1
    windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
       #1

    License question for a Win7 clean install on a WinXP system


    I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question and I apologize if it is not. Please feel free to transfer it to a more appropriate one.
    I'm planning on doing a clean install of Win7 on a Dell Inspiron 530 running WinXP and I have a license question. The Service Tag says xxxx and Dell tells me it is a WinXP system. I have the Product Key and Product ID but no restore disks. The label on the system unit says it is a Windows VISTA Ultimate OEMAct from DELL. The label is still readable (system is 2009 vintage) so I have a VISTA Product Key. The Service Tag and Express Service Code from the label matches the Dell WinXP records. I have a Dell reinstall disk for VISTA. Do I have to purchase a retail Win7 package to do a clean install? I think I can use the Product Key for VISTA from the label for the clean install of Win7. Is that true? I don't think the Vista system has ever been installed or activated. All of the Dell paperwork and online info say the system is a WinXP system. I have run the MS app to confirm the system will run Win7.
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  2. Posts : 71,272
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Hello desertdad, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    You could purchase and use either an upgrade or full retail/OEM version of Windows 7 if you like, but you will have to use the product key that came with the purchased Windows 7 instead. A Vista or XP key will not activate Windows 7.

    Clean Install Windows 7

    OR

    Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

    Hope this helps, :)
    Shawn
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  3. Posts : 1,007
    Winndows 7 32 bit
       #3

    desertdad said:
    I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question and I apologize if it is not. Please feel free to transfer it to a more appropriate one.
    I'm planning on doing a clean install of Win7 on a Dell Inspiron 530 running WinXP and I have a license question. The Service Tag says xxxx and Dell tells me it is a WinXP system. I have the Product Key and Product ID but no restore disks. The label on the system unit says it is a Windows VISTA Ultimate OEMAct from DELL. The label is still readable (system is 2009 vintage) so I have a VISTA Product Key. The Service Tag and Express Service Code from the label matches the Dell WinXP records. I have a Dell reinstall disk for VISTA. Do I have to purchase a retail Win7 package to do a clean install? I think I can use the Product Key for VISTA from the label for the clean install of Win7. Is that true? I don't think the Vista system has ever been installed or activated. All of the Dell paperwork and online info say the system is a WinXP system. I have run the MS app to confirm the system will run Win7.
    Hi desertdad,

    Welcome to Seven forums.

    Please send me your service tag on a private message so I can check what operating system was ship with. It might be possible you received a system with XP installed and we provided free upgrade to Vista as there were alot of customer who got free upgrade from us.

    And no matter if you have a product key for XP or Vista, if you are planning to upgrade to Windows 7 then you need to purchase the upgrade.

    Hope this helps. If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us.
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  4. Posts : 4,287
    W10 Pro desktop, W11 laptop, W11 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
       #4

    The fact that you have a valid Vista license entitles you to use the upgrade version (generally costs less). Just follow Brink's tutorial that he linked to above to use the upgrade media to do a clean install of Win 7.
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