Can OEM installation disk be used on other computers?

Dell Optiplex 7010 desktop (3.3 ghz inte...
April 5, 2018 at 07:23:50
Specs: Windows, P4 2.6GHZ/PC3200 1.5gig
Hi,
I'm considering buying a Windows 7 disk that was provided with a computer (Dell) that is now junk. Can this disk be used to install windows 7 on another computer, any computer, any Dell, ???
Thanks,
... john

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#1
April 5, 2018 at 10:34:23
If it's a badged disk then generally no. OEM disks with a brand name on them (Dell, HP, Acer etc.) are configured to work with that brand of computer only; and often with a specific model - but not always the latter.

OEM disks are meant to be supported by the computer vendor who provided the disk; with unbadged - you're sort of on your own...; apart from activation/re-activation.

There were unbadged OEM disks around at one time and they will usually work on any computer. However once the disk has been activated - you can't (usually) re-use it on another computer . You can re-activate etc. on the computer where it was first used if you have changed say the hard drive - but not normally if you have changed the motherboard. Which having said... occasionally M$ seem to be a little flexible re' motherboard changes.

Personally I'd be very cautious about buying a branded OEM disk; especially if it's been used already...


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#2
April 5, 2018 at 14:58:55
If you have a product number, you can download the matching version of Windows this way.

Windows ISO Downloader
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Intern...
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Windows ISO Downloader Video Guide
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featu...

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#3
April 5, 2018 at 19:00:10
Windows 7 is available for free if you know where to look.

You can download it directly from Microsoft if you have a valid product key: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sof...

Or you can get it from here without a product key: https://softlay.net/operating-syste...


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#4
April 5, 2018 at 19:23:00
Hi,
Thanks for your help. I tried downloading a Windows 7 installation, using my computer's key, but they wouldn't allow it. It was used in a office environment, so I'm guessing that was why.
One other question. If I buy and OEM disk, badged as you call it, would I be able to use it on my present computer, when I run SFC?
..... john

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#5
April 5, 2018 at 22:15:49
"If I buy and OEM disk, badged as you call it, would I be able to use it on my present computer, when I run SFC?"
You need to Google that question.

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#6
April 6, 2018 at 00:09:36
"If I buy and OEM disk, badged as you call it, would I be able to use it on my present computer"

Possibly, depending upon the details of your computer. But you'll still need to purchase a licence key (as you have found out, your volume licence key is now invalid). So why not just use the proper generic disk that has already been linked to?


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#7
April 6, 2018 at 03:03:35
"I tried downloading a Windows 7 installation, using my computer's key"
Where did you find that key? A label somewhere on the bottom of the computer? Or a key given by the office?

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#8
April 6, 2018 at 05:48:11
"Badged" - as in they have say Dell or HP etc. on the disk - invariably will only work with the brand name on the disk; and usually only with a model of the same series with which that disk was provided originally. There are cases where "badged" disks have worked OK on other system; but it's hit'n miss...

Computer fairs (in theUK at least) often have such branded disks on sale; the vendor assuring all interested that they will work on "any" computer. However I've yet to discover it it's true or if they will guarantee that claim.

If you have a key on for win-7 then all you need to do is to download (and it's legal) the appropriate ISO, burn to a dvd and use that dvd. Remember that the key you may have will likely be an OEM so get an OEM ISO. Retail keys work only with Retails disks, OEM only with OEM disks.


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#9
April 6, 2018 at 07:15:39
Well now, that's very interesting. I didn't know there were two kinds of keys. The one I used, in my failed attempt, to download the Windows installation, was the one on the label on the computer case. This would be the volume key? It didn't work. I now have another (different one) that I got from running Lazesoft.
Maybe that one will allow me to download the iso?
... john
P.S. I tried the other key. It gave me a phone number and Transaction ID.

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#10
April 6, 2018 at 11:01:21
About volume lcenses:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/lic...

and this may help. derstand various lcenses/keys

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb...


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#11
April 6, 2018 at 13:29:43
Don't waste your money on a disc when you can download the ISO for free. Do you have a product key or not? All you have to do is install Win7 without using a key (just skip that step), then once Windows is fully installed & running, change the key to the one you have. If it doesn't work, call Microsoft, answer a few questions, & a new key will be provided.

You can also try editing the ei.cfg file to change the version.
https://www.askvg.com/how-to-choose...

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#12
April 6, 2018 at 20:24:58
trvlr - Thanks for the link
riider - Do you have a link to a site that will allow me to download a Windows 7 iso without a product key?
Thanks,
..... john

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#13
April 6, 2018 at 20:30:53
"Do you have a link to a site that will allow me to download a Windows 7 iso without a product key?"
Use the ones in post #2

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#14
April 6, 2018 at 22:24:07
The label on the PC should indicated what edition the Product Key is for: six different editions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. The "Enterprise edition" uses volume license and tailors to companies who distribute PC/portables o there Employees.

Most commercial PC's came with an OEM version of Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate.

Companies will replace OEM version with Enterprise version which requires a Volume license . So if you are lucky the OEM windows license should still work.

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#15
April 7, 2018 at 05:22:57
Hi sluc,
Thanks for that.
There is a man here who has a Dell "reinstallation disk" for windows 7. I have a Dell here, and am inclined to try it (for $10) but have no idea what "reinstallation" means.
.... john

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#16
April 7, 2018 at 05:40:11
dell windows 7 reinstallation disk
http://bit.ly/2uS2Z6e

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#17
April 7, 2018 at 06:49:06
"riider - Do you have a link to a site that will allow me to download a Windows 7 iso without a product key?"

I already posted links in response #3. But here's a link to an All-In-One ISO - all Windows 7 versions on a single DVD: https://softlay.net/operating-syste.... It's perfectly legal & works. I just tried it. 3.8GB download, just click on the blue Download button. If you use Firefox, you may have to click an "Allow" button in the upper right to start the download.

Do NOT buy a disk!

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#18
April 7, 2018 at 06:50:30
Re-installation could mean a Dell badged and configured win-7 disk which is a full version with Dell adjustments. Or it can be a Dell restore disk - which is not quite the same as a re-installation disk; in effect it's an image created by Dell for the computer it came with, and is specific to that model?


Whilst $10 isn't a lot (to many - but is to some..) I'd check out Johnw's link and explore the options it provides.


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#19
April 8, 2018 at 16:44:23
Hi all,
I bought the $10 jobby. I'll see how that works before going any further.
Thanks,
..... john

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