my laptop is broken, can i use the windows 7 serial in another computer i plan to build as a replacement?
i have a hp laptop that died on me recently which is no longer on warranty.
i also have all the parts expect a hard drive to make a desktop pc.
is it ok if i use the serial key in a new hard drive now that that laptop is no longer functional?
(as in it would be cheaper to buy a new laptop no longer working)
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If the key is attached to the broken computer it is an OEM preinstalled version that can not be moved.
If you bought retail Windows you can move it.
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/7 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.
Note: If it’s an Upgrade - if you are still installing Windows and at the Enter Your Product Key page, do not enter your key and uncheck "Automatically Activate When Online" then click OK/Next to finish
If you have trouble activating Windows 7 you can call Microsoft to activate by following the steps below.
1. With Windows running click Start, then in the Search box type: slui.exe 4
2. Press Enter on your Keyboard
3. Select your Country.
4. Select the Phone Activation option, call the number given and hold for a person to pick up.