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I won't work on anything but a dell system. It has to do with the motherboard serial or other information stored on it which the key is linked to. I am sure there is some hack you can do or if you could get a hold of a dell bios that will run on your board but you will lose all of the good features on it.

This is what you needed to buy.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
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Should work, it will most likely install a bunch of proprietary bs files that you'll have to manually delete though.
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I won't work on anything but a dell system. It has to do with the motherboard serial or other information stored on it which the key is linked to. I am sure there is some hack you can do or if you could get a hold of a dell bios that will run on your board but you will lose all of the good features on it.

This is what you needed to buy.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

The disc will work
The disc will not activate the built in key on the disc as the system is not dell.
All you need to do is right click on my computer and go to properties and activate windows. Then type your OEM key.
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If it for some reason wont work you can call Microsoft and tell the your old pc'c mobo died and you bought a new one to make it work and need to know how to make you're windows disks work.

It should work fine, but if it doesn't it will install and not update because it thinks it should be on another pc and your installing it illegally, which MS can change on there servers by unlocking your serial num.
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I'm curios now about where the disc came from. I have a product key that came with it like i said earlier, and the disc says that it is a reinstallation disc for distribution with a dell pc only
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Believe it or not but if you have a laptop that you never reinstalled windows on then the key on the bottom has never been used. From the factory laptops use a Key that is imaged onto many laptops already preactivated, the key on the bottom is for OS reinstalls and for a COA. Pretty much all my windows 7 machines got their key that way tongue.gif

Probably not the most legal thing but Key was never used a single time so MS fault for making it so easy.

If you are worrying about the disc just download a new one and toss it on a flash drive. Installing from a CD is slower anyway. Probably just tossed it in as any windows 7 disc will do, it could be a HP OEM disc or even a MS one still will have the same end result.
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Lol I almost feel like a cheater using this disc
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post #18 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by DzillaXx View Post

The disc will work
The disc will not activate the built in key on the disc as the system is not dell.
All you need to do is right click on my computer and go to properties and activate windows. Then type your OEM key.
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Originally Posted by DzillaXx View Post

Believe it or not but if you have a laptop that you never reinstalled windows on then the key on the bottom has never been used. From the factory laptops use a Key that is imaged onto many laptops already preactivated, the key on the bottom is for OS reinstalls and for a COA. Pretty much all my windows 7 machines got their key that way tongue.gif

Probably not the most legal thing but Key was never used a single time so MS fault for making it so easy.

If you are worrying about the disc just download a new one and toss it on a flash drive. Installing from a CD is slower anyway.

Maybe you're right and maybe it depends on the manufacturer but it has never worked for me in the past, and I have tried several times. The keys would go from dell to dell but not from dell to custom pc, it has been a few years since I've tried though.
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it all depends how you look at.

Such such a site - ISO all versions with sp1 = nothing, now that's a bargain biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by DzillaXx View Post

The disc will work
The disc will not activate the built in key on the disc as the system is not dell.
All you need to do is right click on my computer and go to properties and activate windows. Then type your OEM key.

I agree the disk will work. I work for a company that buys all Dells and we have used the Dell oem disks on PC's other than Dell's. I have piles of different Dell OEM disks.
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