Installing windows 7 on different computer

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  1. Chuck Lynch

    Chuck Lynch New Member

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    Hi. My dell computer completely died. Im in the process of building a new computer. Can i use the windows 7 disc on my new computer
     
  2. davidhk129

    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    First and foremost, you have to have a valid Win 7 product key for installation.

    Did the Win 7 come pre-installed in the Dell computer ?
    If yes, the product key is an OEM key. It is NOT transferrable.

    Which means, you'll have to buy a new license.

    If you buy a new license, it will come with an Installation DVD and a new product key. That makes your original Dell Win 7 disc irrelevant.

    Besides, it is not usual that a computer with pre-installed Win 7 also comes with an installation disc. It could be a recovery disc which will be no good for new installation.

    So, if you provide more info..........
     
  3. Chuck Lynch

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    I upgraded it from Xperia to windows 7. I bought the disks from a store

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    OK. That is an Installation DVD. and a retail version of Win 7 product key.
    But you still have one insurmountable problem..... a valid product key.
    The rule is .......one product key, one install.
    I am assuming that you did not uninstall Win 7 before the computer died..........
    Although your Dell has " died ", as far as Microsoft is concerned, the Win 7 product key is still considered installed.
    Therefore you cannot use the key again. If you do, you will get the error message such as " product key is in use ", and you won't be able to activate the new install.

    You can try calling Microsoft and explain the situation. They might issue you a new product key.........IF you are lucky.
    Otherwise, you are stuck with buying a new license.

    That is as far as I know how to assist you.
     
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  5. Chuck Lynch

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    Thanks for all your help.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using WindowsForum mobile app
     
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  8. Andrea Borman

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    Oh yes I didn't read that bit. If his PC is dead then he cannot uninstall the product key to use on another computer.
     

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