Question About Win7 license key.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Alien1, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Alien1

    Alien1 MDL Novice

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    I have a Dell Inspiron which came with Windows 7 Home Premium, unfortunately the motherboard took a dump. Dell is taking it back under warranty and says it will be 4-6 weeks before it gets returned. Ok my question is can I install Windows 7 on another one of my computers and use the Dell license key and have it as a genuine copy? Since I do own that copy of Windows it should be legally OK right?
     
  2. tcntad

    tcntad MDL Guru

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    You probably can since keys arent locked to any specific brand or so, just edition.

    Altho i woudnt try that.. just in case.
     
  3. WinFLP

    WinFLP MDL Senior Member

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    If it's the CoA key (from underneath the machine) you will have to phone to activate. Tell them you have a dell, you had a virus and had to reinstall.

    If it's the SLP key (pulled from a keyfinder), you would need the other prereqs for SLP activation (cert, either SLIC2.1 BIOS or loader)
     
  4. Alien1

    Alien1 MDL Novice

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    Thanks guys, I think I will just rearm my eval copy till I get back my Dell. I also noticed before sending it out there is NO COA sticker anywhere on my Dell , not that that really matters to me, but will give Dell a call to see why they never placed a sticker on my machine. I also Called MS and said that ONLY if the machine were Dell installed the OEM is no longer functioning, I may then reactivate on another machine via their phone activation since I still own that copy of Windows, so in a way thats good news. Again thanks to both of your responses.
     
  5. urie

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    #5 urie, Jul 16, 2010
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    You didn't mention Model number or if this was Dell Inspiron Laptop or Desktop if it is desktop you do not have COA Key you have Windows 7 Home Premium OEMAct Key I,E, SLP key it is situated on top of your case towards the back.
     
  6. Alien1

    Alien1 MDL Novice

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    It is a Laptop.
     
  7. beamslider

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    Not legal as in complying with the license. Probably work if you are talking about the key from the computer that is for online activation but a definite violation of the license agreement.
     
  8. urie

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    I don't think COA Key would work on another machine also his support is from dell not M$ infact did M$ not do away with COA activation after Window XP SP1 or 2. because peeps could go into computer store and copy key from COA sticker i may be wrong here.
     
  9. WinFLP

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    XP I've activated CoA keys online no problem. Windows Vista and Windows 7 I believe require phone-activation. Again, give them a sob story about having to reformat due to a virus.

    CoA is the key on a sticker on the computer, regardless of whether it's laptop or notebook. And from large OEMS they have the CoA key which is unique and different from the SLP key they use to image the machines.

    In all cases a violation of terms. It is supposed to only be used on the computer it was attached to.
     
  10. urie

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    WinFLP MDL Senior Member

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    The key on my dell Optiplex desktop has a professional key that is not in repository.
     
  12. tcntad

    tcntad MDL Guru

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    Beacuse its not a OEMSLP key..
    The ones on the sticker is OEM only..

    Or did you mean the installed key? :p
     
  13. WinFLP

    WinFLP MDL Senior Member

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    I know it's not an OEMSLP key, it's urie that was claiming it was. I said
    The installed key on that machine is also an XP VLK because work is stuck in 2001.
     
  14. Alien1

    Alien1 MDL Novice

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    Well I called M$ and like many here mentioned it is against their policy, to use the key for another machine while the other machine is still legally active, they told me I can install Windows 7 if I wanted and use the rearm method till my laptop gets returned to me from Dell. The woman did mention that if the computer went totally dead I could use their phone activation and tell the service rep what happened and they will provide me with another key. But for now just wanted to say thanks to all who responded and gave their accredited knowledge.


    P.S. Dell told me they no longer are putting these COA stickers on laptops, and gave me some reason I don't comprehend.
     
  15. devans123

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    Sounds like Dell was being helpful, good to see.
     
  16. urie

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    I didn't say it wasn't OEM NON:SLP
    I was talking about new dell desktops at that time you never mentioned whether your machine was laptop or desktop.
     
  17. MasterDisaster

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    This will help you understand the difference between a OEM:NONSLP and OEM:COA keys.

    The key that comes on a sticker is a OEM:COA key.
     
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