useing hard-drive from broke laptop

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by tom herron, May 1, 2014.

  1. tom herron

    tom herron Member

    May 1, 2014
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    I'm running XP Home on my desktop and wanted to know if I can use the windows 7 that was on my laptop. The laptop got the screen cracked and I saved the hard-drive. I hooked up the hdd and it works, but will Microsoft validate and update it?
  2. whs

    whs Extraordinary Member

    Sep 17, 2009
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    Not if is an OEM windows. You can only move retail copies.
  3. Pauli

    Pauli Extraordinary Member
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    Mar 1, 2012
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    Quite so. When you buy a car, you own it and you can move the engine to any other chassis of your choice. But when you buy a computer with a OS / program, you actually only pay for the right to use it = the program. You never own the program, period.

    A phone call to Microsoft, or a such one / or visit to the retailer might clear the picture. Generally, the wisest move might be to buy a full version, thus having all rights to use it. Apparently Microsoft has withdrawn sales of Windows 7, but there are copies to buy - and I mean legal ones which retailers have in store. I doubt their sale can be forbidden, as it is a matter of free trade.

    Anyway, you cannot have one Windows running on more than one computer, unless you have a license for more than one.

    Hope I don't confuse you. :)
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