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Windows 7: Convert OEM key to retail

14 Apr 2010   #1
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 
Convert OEM key to retail

Is there ANY way I can convert my OEM 7 HP key to a retail key. Reason being is I plan on selling my laptop, replacing 7 with vista (key from sticker), and using the windows 7 on a computer im building. Is this possible in any way?


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14 Apr 2010   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No, otherwise there would be no reason to buy a retail key. Just get another copy of Windows 7.
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14 Apr 2010   #3
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

I'd contact customer support.
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14 Apr 2010   #4
madmansam

win7 ultimate 32 , 64 ,XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cclloyd9785 View Post
Is there ANY way I can convert my OEM 7 HP key to a retail key. Reason being is I plan on selling my laptop, replacing 7 with vista (key from sticker), and using the windows 7 on a computer im building. Is this possible in any way?
I am sure you can find your OEM key on your system with the help of a third party software ie. Belrac adviser or SIW.
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14 Apr 2010   #5
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madmansam View Post
I am sure you can find your OEM key on your system with the help of a third party software ie. Belrac adviser or SIW.
Not sure if Im just not understanding, but I know the OEM keys, I just want to know if there is a way to pretty much install it on a different computer.
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14 Apr 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Sorry, but the answer is not. Those keys are sold a lot cheaper than regular retail keys. The intent was so that mfg like Dell can buy them in great quatity at a cheap price. What you want to do is not possible. Sorry. If we can help in any other way just post.
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14 Apr 2010   #7
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

No thats ok. Thanks all of you. just me trying to save money in a bad economy :'(
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14 Apr 2010   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I understand, almost everyone is hurting with the way things are. Sure hope things get better, soon.
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18 Apr 2010   #9
gregrocker

 

There have been increasing reports of MS making exceptions on changing hardware completely with OEM key. Here is a thread to read: Post your OEM Activation Experiences

It might be worth a try, especially if you have a good story about installing it on the wrong machine, etc.

I can understand why you would want to migrate 7 with the Vista license in place, but you might get a better price selling it with Win7 if the buyer is smart.
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18 Apr 2010   #10
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

cclloyd,

If that HP machine has a vista COA sticker, then obviously it came with vista oem preinstalled. So how did it become OEM 7?
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