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Old 02-23-2010, 01:15 AM #1
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Legit windows 7 activation question

I purchased an ASUS Laptop with a legit copy of Windows 7 on it, it also has the windows 7 key on the bottom of the laptop.

Im currently using Windows 7 32bit RC on my desktop, well the RC is about to expire, if i found an OEM 64bit version of windows 7 could I just put it on my desktop and punch in the key off my laptop?
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:18 AM #2
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probably not. 1, that key is already registered, and is probably an OEM key to boot, and 2, if the laptop is 32-bit, i doubt the key would work to activate a 64-bit version.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:20 AM #3
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laptop is 64bit.

and cant you use the key 3 times?

I know with vista they did that code in th hardware so its always activated. I remember because everyone had Dell versions of vista ultimate hahaha
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:22 AM #4
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As long as the OEM is the same for both machines, it will probably work. Even if it doesn't, you have 30 days to figure out what to do next.

Now if you intend to use a retail (ish) copy of 7 and use the OEM key, I think that will decrease your chances of success.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:24 AM #5
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Ugh.

I got a feeling finding an ASUS version is going to be a *****.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:58 AM #6
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Unless you crack it... no.

The laptop has an OEM key. Meaning during installation certain data has to be found to authenticate (generally supplied by info coded into the BIOS). So if you try to activate it on a machine without that it will fail.

Do some googling. Lots of "helpful" info.
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:03 AM #7
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Hmm, I got a helpful link from someone on WBB.

Imma give it a shot.

EIther way, I got ~5 days to figure something out, or its gonna be linux for a bit.
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