Can I use Dell Vista DVD on non-Dell PC

September 19, 2010 at 14:54:14
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.401 GHz / 3581 MB
Hi the names Ernie and I am new to this website. I am currently building my first pc, which should be complete by Tuesday, or more specifically, by the time CIV V gets delivered to my front door. I am hoping that I can somehow install windows 7 on my laptop and pc by beating the system, legally of course. Here is my plan:
Dell sent me a Vista 32bit reinstallation dvd when I bought my xps m1330. It does not contain any drivers or software, just the os. I was wondering if it possible to upgrade my laptops os to windows 7, then use my vista reinstallation dvd to install vista on my new computer and then upgrade my new computer os to windows 7, in that order. I am hoping that by upgrading both computers operating system to windows 7, i will have two separate and legit copies of windows 7. I never upgraded a version of windows and I am not sure how it works. I am not sure if it makes a difference but I plan on upgrading each system using my student discount through Microsoft.

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September 19, 2010 at 15:50:46
Since you can get a student discount, just buy the version of Win7 you want for multiple computers. I think it's called a family pack. You're taking the long way around and it won't work anyhow.

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September 19, 2010 at 17:54:22
You are trying to cheat the system legally? But it would be illegal so you wouldn't be cheating you'd be breaking the law.

Yep, they fixed it so you can't do that.

Send all the parts back and buy a ready make computer with the OS on it or you have to purchase a legal copy of windows 7.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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September 19, 2010 at 21:53:31
The computer is already built for the most part, I'm just waiting for the ram that should arrive on tuesday with my retail copy of Civ V from amazon. What sucks about the student discount is that microsoft only allows you to purchase a upgrade version of windows 7 so you need to have an version of windows installed already. Thanks for the info. Besides, I just realized that I am sure Microsoft will notice that I upgraded the same copy of vista twice. Silly me.

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