Using OEM HP Windows 7 Home Premium key to activate Retail Windows 7 Home Premium?

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  1. ttone

    ttone MDL Novice

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    #1 ttone, Apr 7, 2013
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    Hey,

    I bought a new harddrive since my old one keeps bsoding, but I installed windows 7 home premium retail version acidentally.

    So the question is, is it possible to use the key that's on my dying harddrive to activate a retail copy of windows 7 home premium that I got off the net? From what I've heard, it is, but I'll have to call Microsoft? Does anyone have any experience with that? I was reading the OEM dump but i dont know if you can use it on a secondary harddrive as a slave

    Thanks
     
  2. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    What is your laptop model?? It came with Windows 7 or not??
     
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  3. ttone

    ttone MDL Novice

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    Yes it came with windows 7, it is an hp desktop. Typo about laptop, sorry
     
  4. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    You need to install appropriate cert and an edition specific key. Read here (6.F.a and 6.F.b); you can grab certs from here and keys from here. Alternatively you can use this; it willn't install the loader part as you already have SLIC.

    :)
     
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  5. alicepattinson

    alicepattinson MDL Member

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    I havent tried it, but you can try Tito's advice. pretty sure it will work :)