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How to use a Windows XP Product Key with Windows 7?

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#1 smithcraig


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 04:57 PM

Hey Everyone,

I am building a Dell D620 laptop and was wondering if I need a new copy of windows 7. I have this Dell D620 laptop from a while back which has a Windows XP product key underneath the battery compartment, the laptop is currently running windows 7 and I was wondering how I can use that XP key to activate a copy of Windows 7 when I install Windows 7? Can I just enter that code into Windows 7 or do I need an upgrade pack or something?

Thanks :thumbup2:

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 05:01 PM

Simple answer:  If you don't have a valid license for Win 7, you are not legally running Win 7.  An XP key is not valid for any O/S but XP.  If you contact Dell and anyone tells you otherwise...let us know and I will spread the word



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Posted 17 October 2014 - 06:23 PM

To add to what hamluis already said.
To be able to use that XP key you would have to install the exact same version of windows that key matches. If it was Pro you install pro, if it was home, install home. Then have the key for the upgrade version of Windows 7 that was possibly installed on top of the original version of XP. So long story short you'll need the correct version of XP and the upgrade version of Windows 7 and the associated keys to each.

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