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November 25, 2009 2:39:02 AM

I wasn't too sure how to title this thread so please forgive me.

I ordered a new laptop a few weeks ago and when it was received, it had Vista installed and not Windows 7 which I had ordered, but the manufacturer is going to make everything right and send me a image disc of Windows 7.

Which leads me to my question, now that I have a key for Vista and a key for Windows 7 because of the screw up, can I use the Vista key and install Vista on my other PC and then upgrade to Windows 7?

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a c 215 $ Windows 7
November 25, 2009 2:40:57 AM

There is nothing really stopping you from doing so, but technically the Vista key you have is an OEM key, and must stay with the laptop.
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November 25, 2009 2:52:35 AM

What about the W7 key, it's never been registered to a PC.
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a c 215 $ Windows 7
November 25, 2009 3:27:16 AM

Did the laptop come with a Vista serial, and Vista pre-installed? Or Vista installed, a Windows 7 serial, and Vista recovery disks?
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November 25, 2009 3:30:08 AM

It came with the Window 7 serial key, Vista installed with a partitioned back up/ recovery image of Vista.
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a c 215 $ Windows 7
November 25, 2009 3:31:38 AM

Ok... so where did the Vista key you mentioned in your first post, come from?
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November 25, 2009 3:48:03 AM

installed
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a c 215 $ Windows 7
November 25, 2009 4:00:05 AM

You didn't pay for that key, so no you can't use it on another computer. Vista was installed on your PC by the OEM by mistake.
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November 25, 2009 5:01:37 AM

I can use it on my laptop now, right? so yes, I did pay for it. If I never change it over to W7, it will still be legal. Basically the way I see it is, I have two legal OS's due to the mistake of the laptop manufactor, so I don't see why I can't make good use of it. It's not like MS didn't get there money for it, it was paid for by the manufacturer.

I'm going to call MS and see if I can do this...I know that quite a few people have upgraded to W7 from Vista and then installed the upgrade on a different PC (not the PC which has the OS which qualified for the upgrade).
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a c 215 $ Windows 7
November 25, 2009 10:57:25 AM

No you didn't. You paid for the copy of Windows 7 that should have come with the PC originally. I highly doubt Microsoft is going to go along with this, but you're welcome to call them and ask.
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