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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.

He has his own key, the dell disc doesn't need to pull the key from the board or whatever it does. Normally the Dell disc will activate windows and put in a windows key by itself if it detects your pc as dell, but he doesn't need that. He just needs to install windows, once your to the desktop you can put whatever windows key you want into the system.
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Technically you're not supposed to sell branded oem keys, cuz ya know they are already sold to the oem.
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Starting with Windows 7, the Dell key should work on any computer Dell or not. The thing is, it really isn't legal for them to be selling a Dell OEM disk to you (according to my MS license rep).

Will it work?

Most likely.

I have installed the same Dell branded windows 7 disk on many non dell systems with no issues and it _appears_ to be a normal windows 7 disk without Dell files and drivers. The only exception to this would be if there is a note on the disk indicating it is for a specific Dell model. If that note exists, then it may not work (I have not seen any of the windows 7 disks show they are for a certain model though).

I have also used Dell branded windows server 8 disks on Supermicro systems with no issues at all.

EDIT: BTW: I mean the disk AND key will work on non dell systems.
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He has his own key, the dell disc doesn't need to pull the key from the board or whatever it does. Normally the Dell disc will activate windows and put in a windows key by itself if it detects your pc as dell, but he doesn't need that. He just needs to install windows, once your to the desktop you can put whatever windows key you want into the system.

Oh, I was thinking he got the key from a dell machine, I agree the disk will work without issue, pulling the key off a dell sticker is what I see as the problem, it never worked for me before.

From what I understand, the dell windows keys look for dell hardware allowing the key to be activated. It may not be true anymore.
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Thanks for all the help guys tongue.gif I'm glad I wasn't ripped off
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mydigitallife or thedigitalriver hosts official isos provided by Microsoft, but you have to have a product key to use em. and even then they don't include sp1 on the iso image. your better bet is to find someone whos bought an oem copy of win 7 and simply ask them to rip it to iso for ya and have em send it to ya via messenger or something of the ilk. the OEM copys of win 7 will work just fine with the related product key, ie home premium to home premium and then you can have sp1 on the iso image. if you don't have a product key you will be hosed of course. but yes OP that should work just fine. it may make a few dell folders as other people have mentioned but those are easily deleted. I personally have bought OEMs of Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Win 7 Pro 64 bit, ive used the product keys and would never share those but theres NOTHING illegal about me offering to fileshare an ISO image of the original disc because they will require you to enter a valid cd key anyway and the product key makes the product valid and activated and as long as you provide your own you are good to go.
 
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Oh, I was thinking he got the key from a dell machine, I agree the disk will work without issue, pulling the key off a dell sticker is what I see as the problem, it never worked for me before.

From what I understand, the dell windows keys look for dell hardware allowing the key to be activated. It may not be true anymore.

If you did that with XP it may have been a problem of OEM key not working with retail disc's. XP has independent OEM and Retail versions for each version of windows XP. Windows vista and 7 for each version the disc is both oem and retail so ether key will work. As for using a Dell OEM key on a non dell pc I know it works as my brothers GF's broken Dell laptop's key is being used on her custom desktop perfectly fine using my retail windows 7 Home Pre disc.
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Microsoft doesn't provide links unless you get it from them. And all other sites that offer ISO downloads, are technically illegal. Even TheDigitalRiver, it's meant for paying customers of their service ( or other services that use their service ). Not like anyone cares anyways, but that's just how it goes.

sorry... i was at work when i posted that. and since edited because i forget how convenient volume licenses are...
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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.

I've had the same experience with Windows 7 re-installation disks for HP computers and Dell computers. In fact I just used a Windows 7 re0install disk for a Dell Optiplex 990 on a an older Dell Optiplex 360 and it installed and activated. I tried the same Dell disk though on an HP Compaq 8100 Elite Small Form Factor Business PC and it would not activate.
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I've had the same experience with Windows 7 re-installation disks for HP computers and Dell computers. In fact I just used a Windows 7 re0install disk for a Dell Optiplex 990 on a an older Dell Optiplex 360 and it installed and activated. I tried the same Dell disk though on an HP Compaq 8100 Elite Small Form Factor Business PC and it would not activate.
Glad I wasn't the only one, I was beginning to question my memory wink.gif
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