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Installing Windows 7 from XP


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#1 Tamaeus

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 11:44 PM

My desktop computer has Windows XP on it, and I just bought a laptop that I use for work that has Windows 7 on it. Can I use the install disks that came with my laptop to upgrade my desktop to W7? I will be the only one using both, so it will be no big deal about the licensing thing. Is this possible?

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:04 AM

You cant upgrade from XP. You need to do a clean install of Windows 7.

The EULA does not permit you to install 1 license on 2 computers.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 02:45 AM

Can I use the install disks that came with my laptop to upgrade my desktop to W7?

Hi Tamaeus -
In a word (as above) NO - You need to purchase or download a new install -

Hope this helps a bit -

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/upgrade
A link on upgrading from XP to Windows 7 -

Regards -

Edited by noknojon, 22 September 2011 - 02:50 AM.


#4 Tamaeus

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 10:48 AM

So, in other words, those install disks are basically useless unless I need to restore my laptop. Great...

Thanks guys.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 11:41 AM

<<...those install disks are basically useless unless I need to restore my laptop.>>

That's the intent...that Win 7 is licensed only for that particular system, as will any media which accompanies a laptop.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:11 PM

That's the intent...that Win 7 is licensed only for that particular system, as will any media which accompanies a laptop.

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That's so not right! I bought it, I should be able to do what I want with it! That would be like saying that you bought a car, but you're the only one allowed to drive it.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:20 PM

Wrong! You cannot do whatever you want with it. Thats called software piracy.
You do not own any software that you purchase. You are granted the right (licence) to use it.
Read the licence agreement sometime.
One machine one use. It has been that way for a very long time.
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:32 PM

A handy link for those who actually want to read the EULA for any version of any Windows or Microsoft product:

http://www.microsoft.com/About/Legal/EN/US/IntellectualProperty/UseTerms/Default.aspx

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:36 PM

Did they change the lisencing then? Because I read online that with XP, you can use the same Product Key 3 times. With Vista, twice.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:44 PM

No such thing. It has always been "one license, one system". Always.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:56 PM

All right, well, looks like I better save my money so I can either buy 2 Windows 7 OS or 1 multi-license OS.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 01:10 PM

There you go.




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