Installing OEM Windows 7 on another computer after first one died

I recently purchased a laptop without an operating system, and the seller separately sold me an OEM version of Windows 7 Professional. I installed and activated this version of Windows. I have to return this laptop because I wasn't satisfied with it. The seller will refund me the price of the laptop, but not Windows. Can I re-use this version of Windows or do I just have to eat the cost?

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Last updated September 11, 2018 Views 10,192 Applies to:
OEM can not be moved to a new computer. You'll need to buy another copy to install Windows on a different computer.

Can You Move Windows 7 To A New Computer 

If it's a retail Full or Upgrade license - yes. You can move it to a different computer as long as it's only installed on one computer at a time (and if it's a Windows 7 Upgrade version the new computer must have it's own qualifying XP/Vista license). The previous Windows 7 installation on the old computer must be formatted/deleted. You might have to call Microsoft and explain what happened to complete the activation. Activating it on the second computer will automatically in effect "deactivate" the license for the first computer. The key will work with both 32 and 64 bit, but only one can be installed at a time.

If it's an OEM license - no. OEM licenses, including Windows preinstalled on a computer before purchase and Windows bought separately, are tied to the first computer they are installed on and can not be transferred to a different computer. To install Windows on a different computer you will need to buy another copy.

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