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Can I reinstall windows 7 using the same OEM disc on mulitple computers as long as each computer has it's own product key?

To clarify, I got myself a custom built PC that this windows 7 disc was originally intended for. No problems. I've reinstalled windows 7 multiple times on this PC. No problems. However, a friend of mine has a laptop which has problems. This laptop has a product key sticker on the bottom of it. No Warranty, and no "recovery" disk. I'd like to use my OEM disc and his product key to reinstall windows on his computer despite my disk being used for another computer. Can this be done?
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Yes, it will be fine as long as the key and the install disk are the same (i.e. both 64 bit/32bit Pro/Home/whatever). Even better, download the ISO for the version you want directly from the microsoft site and load it to a USB stick, it will be over in 1/4 the time.

Just make sure you download the drivers first, OEM recovery disks usually include the default drivers for the particular hardware.
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you can install a windows 7 software that came from anywhere, even from TPB. as long as you are using legit keys for each machines then there is no problem.
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Yes, it will be fine as long as the key and the install disk are the same (i.e. both 64 bit/32bit Pro/Home/whatever). Even better, download the ISO for the version you want directly from the microsoft site and load it to a USB stick, it will be over in 1/4 the time.

Just make sure you download the drivers first, OEM recovery disks usually include the default drivers for the particular hardware.

why download if you already have the disc? just copy the disc to your usb
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you can install a windows 7 software that came from anywhere, even from TPB. as long as you are using legit keys for each machines then there is no problem.
why download if you already have the disc? just copy the disc to your usb

I have a disk from when windows 7 originally shipped so it doesn't have a lot of the drivers the newer ISO has, I just prefer to have the most up to date stuff on there.
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I have a disk from when windows 7 originally shipped so it doesn't have a lot of the drivers the newer ISO has, I just prefer to have the most up to date stuff on there.

makes sense, i also downloaded windows 7 with the sp1 and updates already there, in TPB.
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makes sense, i also downloaded windows 7 with the sp1 and updates already there, in TPB.

Yeah SP1 was the biggest one, I hate waiting for that to install through windows updates.
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makes sense, i also downloaded windows 7 with the sp1 and updates already there, in TPB.

Why TPB? An MS partners actually hosts them online for Direct DL:

Windows 7 HP with SP1
(x86) http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58996.iso
(x64) http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58997.iso

Windows 7 Professional with SP1
(x86) http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59183.iso
(x64) http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59186.iso

Windows 7 Ultimate with SP1
(x86) http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59463.iso
(x64) http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59465.iso
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Originally Posted by Scorpion49 View Post

Yes, it will be fine as long as the key and the install disk are the same (i.e. both 64 bit/32bit Pro/Home/whatever). Even better, download the ISO for the version you want directly from the microsoft site and load it to a USB stick, it will be over in 1/4 the time.

Just make sure you download the drivers first, OEM recovery disks usually include the default drivers for the particular hardware.

Actually the product key's "bitness" and that of the installation disk does not matter. What matters is that the product key matches the version to be installed. i.e. Windows 7 Home Premium PK = Windows 7 Home Premium Installation Disk or USB Installer
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Actually the product key's "bitness" and that of the installation disk does not matter. What matters is that the product key matches the version to be installed. i.e. Windows 7 Home Premium PK = Windows 7 Home Premium Installation Disk or USB Installer

Ah, good info. I should have remembered that as most full installs come with both disks.
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