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Windows 7 licence transferable?

Q: Windows 7 licence transferable?

Hi. I have a relatively small hdd with a genuine windows 7 op installed. Is it possibly to remove this licence and install on a larger hdd? If so how would I go about it?

Many thanks in advance. Danny

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A: Windows 7 licence transferable?

On the same PC yes, reinstall using the key code on the sticker on the side, or image the old drive to the new.

What brand/model drives are involved?
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edit: i figured out that you cant from a simple search, which is what i should've done before i posted this . . . that sucks that i cant transfer the OS AT ALL

A:OEM copy of Windows 7, transferable??

Probably not to a Toshiba board... but another HP...
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A:Error code 0cx004e002, software licence inconsistant with software licence database

Well thanks for the help, it was sure nice to get some advice

All I wanted to know was if there was any other avenue my friend could go down to get his problem sorted other than having to fork out ?100 for a new OS or ?48 (and wait 3 weeks) to get the Acer restore disks sent out. I did follow the sticky thread on authenticating Vista which guided me to system properties to click the authenticate button/tab to try to re-authenticate the user key BUT I cold not find the autheticate button/tab and so I couldnt even carry out those instructions.

Surely if my firend has had this problem with his Acer desktop then others will have too. Its easy to expect that if you have Windows Vista you should be able to use the restore function that is their for you protection built into the OS without locking it up and having to pay Acer ?48 to get it sorted because you didnt know you had to use their restore function.
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A:windows 7 licence key

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A:Windows 7 licence transfer help please

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A:licence key

Hello and Welcome to TSF

No you cannot use a Windows Media Center license key when installing XP Home on a system.
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If her laptop has the Dell System restore ( not all Dells do ) you can use that and you will not need a install CD

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I would like to start selling my builds and was wondering about licence stickers, do they come with the OEM versions?


A:Licence Stickers?

Hmmm, I don't ever recall seeing any. But I do have the COA's that come with the Windows disc.
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Hi All

I have an MSi laptop that came pre-installed with W7 that I hardly use now and am looking to use just for streaming sport, although might not even be using it for that for much longer as considering getting a Raspberry Pi or a standalone XBMC for that. Anyway I digress! I also have an old Lenovo X61 with Vista OEM.

Can I uninstall W7 from the MSi and use another free OS and then use that licence to install W7 on the Lenovo?

Any advice gratefully received

A:Can I transfer OEM Licence?

Not legally; the OEM license is tied to the MSI. A retail license would avoid that.
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I want to distribute IE8 setup with my product. Do I need to buy any licence for it. It will be used intranet thats why I can't give a link to microsoft site.

Any suggestion.


A:IE Distribution licence

Hello and welcome to the forum.

Windows has IE built into the OS. Sorry I dont quite see why you need the setup for it?

In the EULA it mentions Unauthorized reproduction or distribution is illegal

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with the practice of selling PC/laptops with recover CD's no CD's etc etc - I was wondering

1) Say I have 3 laptops all running XP home all with the licence number on the bottom TAG - lets say all different makes - so ACER, Toshiba, HP

2) Now I happen to have 1 copy of the software XP home full edition - but since the software never belongs to anyone and its only the use of the software that you need the licence for what would stop me re-installing XP Home onto all my three laptops and using the licence key on the label of each machine when asked for a licence.
so i am using the rights to use auth key mumber that came with the PC.

3) Its like a record you only pay to listen to - so it does not matter whos album you borrow as you have the license to listen to the music

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Ok, so I have a retail copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, and I installed the 64-bit version on my main computer, and the 32-bit version on my other, however, I had to use the registry workaround to activate it on both of them. My question is, would I be able to install and activate on a third computer (probably the 64-bit)using the registry workaround? I don't care if it "violates" the EULA, as long as it passes the genuine test I don't care.

I will be using all three of these computers for personal use and I don't intend on selling any of them.

A:Vista to 7, but with an already used licence

I don't think you'll get any help with that here.
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Im wanting to purchase a licenced software cd and it says:

Ghost 8.0 Corp Edition, CD/Media Kit, for License
RETAIL Manufacturer Part: 10139342

Never noticed the cd/media kit, for licence... when purchasing software before...

i figured developers/admins would know this one right away... thanks

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My brother has recently bought a custom built machine that came with xp prof pre installed, once hes hooked up to the web he needs to register his copy. Just a couple of questions...

1. what happens if he doesnt register hi pre installed copy of windows?

2. If he registers, could i install xp using the disc that came with his computer (im currently still on 98), what issues are there about the licenses on 2 different machines.

3. If he doesnt register am i then free to use the xp cd.
what im basically trying to say is can we both use his version of xp with the one cd?

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This is more a question related to XP corporate then anything else.I was wondering if corporate licensing permited you to install it on a computer to wich a person purchased XP starter edtion. Is it legal to install corporate edition as long aas the end home user has a valid starter edition product key?

A:Corporate Licence

a corporate version will only install with the corporate key
it's only leagal to install it if you have purchased that version the minimum purchase is 5 licenses which makes it to expensive for home use
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