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If I Have an Activation Code on a Used Computer, Can I Download/Activate OS for


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#1 F-1DeskLamp

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 05:20 PM

There are a lot of used computers that have the activation code to Windows on the case. Is it possible to just download the OS, and use that code for free?
 
 
 


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 06:06 PM

Not legally. Windows is a commercial product that has to be purchased.



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Posted 12 December 2017 - 06:23 PM

Not legally. Windows is a commercial product that has to be purchased.

Is that a yes?



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 01:52 AM

A clean OS is a better way!  You can find legal Win 7 on Ebay for cheap $$


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 02:18 AM

There are a lot of used computers that have the activation code to Windows on the case.


It depends on what you're referring to. If you mean the Product Key on the COA sticker, if that is the valid COA for the computer in the case, it can be used to re-install the licensed version of Windows if the OS or HDD is missing. If the system has come from, say, a computer dismantler or the like, and it's not clear if the system in the case is the original, it's uncertain. The Product Key is valid for a computer, but which one?


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 07:00 AM

Well..if it's an OEM (Dell, Lenovo, etc.) license/system...it's pretty clear.  That license allows for valid install/activation only on that particular system...there is no transfer of that license/key to another system.

 

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:45 AM

So say I buy a system used, and the HDD is gone.  That activation key is on the side of the system, so how does it go?  Do I have to contact MS about it, what is the next step in the process? 



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 09:03 AM

Activation is a process that occurs, normally automatically, online after Windows is installed. If what you're referring to is the COA sticker with a Product Key, that key is entered when requested during Windows installation, and allows the installation to proceed. The COA sticker will indicate what version of Windows is licensed to be installed on that computer, as long as the case and sticker belong to what is inside the system.

If the system is a volume produced unit from the likes of Dell, HP etc, technically installation media should be obtained from that manufacturer, since their license condition is that they supply all support for Windows on their computers. Microsoft doesn't do it, so they don't supply OEM installation media. It's quite acceptable to do an installation from the right installation media if you can find someone to borrow it from, e.g. someone who has built their own system and has their OEM Windows DVD.

If the Product Key is for a full retail version of Windows, the installation media can be downloaded from Microsoft by supplying the key. But also, like OEM, if you can borrow retail installation media to do the install, that works fine.

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 09:41 AM

Thanks. 






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