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I have an old computer thats been sitting around for over a year after being given it to fix during which time they decided to buy a new one anyway.
Ive finally decided to play around with it, set it up as a server, try out some different OS on it etc.

Right now it has windows media centre on it, I dont have any of the cds but I do have the product key for it. Can I use that to reinstall it?
I also have the product key for microsoft office, again I dont have the cds for it but can I use it to reinstall the programs?

I appreciate any help.
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I have an old computer thats been sitting around for over a year after being given it to fix during which time they decided to buy a new one anyway.
Ive finally decided to play around with it, set it up as a server, try out some different OS on it etc.

Right now it has windows media centre on it, I dont have any of the cds but I do have the product key for it. Can I use that to reinstall it?
I also have the product key for microsoft office, again I dont have the cds for it but can I use it to reinstall the programs?

I appreciate any help.
You would have to buy the O/S CD's (Windows 7 Preferably) I could just link you to some Torrent site's to download the ISO's for Windows 7 but I'm affriad I would probably be breaking the Terms and Conditions of OCN
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I was under the impression you paid for the license (which is tied to the motherboard not the user) not the discs.
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I was under the impression you paid for the license not the discs.
The licence should come with the disc's, I think you might be able to pay for the licence sperately on the Microsoft website somewhere (Only a guees though)
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I was under the impression you paid for the license (which is tied to the motherboard not the user) not the discs.
And you are most right, just google for some untouched version of the current OS version you have and use the key to do the install.

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The licence should come with the disc's, I think you might be able to pay for the licence sperately on the Microsoft website somewhere (Only a guees though)
Most of the times the license on pc's like HP, DELL, Sony, etc... comes with the license stick on the case (side panel), on notebook comes on the bottom... this license number is your and you have paid for. So having the right OS and version you can simple use it to perform a clean install.
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you can get most isos from microsoft's site. they allow you to install their os without a key and it will work for 30 days, but after that you need to enter a valid key that you have purchased. the key you have for it (assuming it is for xp or vista) will only work for the specific OS that it came with. and will often only work with that mobo unless you call microsoft and have them change it. you will need to get win 7 disk if you are wanting to try that. all linux shells are free, try ubuntu or linux mint or fedora 14.

actually installing it is quite easy. just fallow the instructions on the screen. it is only a bit more difficult if you want to keep your current OS as well as a new one because of the bootloaders interfering with each other. you can pm me if you have questions
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Well like I say Atom I already have the license, both on a sticker on the computer and also from the registry (Although they are different so have to check why that is, might be they installed a new os themselves)


*Update*

Thats excellent if microsoft offer the isos themselves. Actually installing it and setting up dual boots etc I dont have a problem with. I just didnt know if there was some inbuilt way to do a fresh install and wasnt sure if owning the license was enough for it to be ok to download a torrent of it. But if they offer a trial iso that can be unlocked with a code that sounds perfect for me.

Thanks for the quick replies everyone.

*Extra update*

Found out why the licenses are different.
For some reason the sticker is for media centre 2005 while the current installed version is 2002.
Edited by Isileth - 1/17/11 at 4:12am
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your welcome! good luck
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