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How can I buy just a license key for a copy of windows 7? I have a disk from an old dell so its already installed I just need the key. And whats the deal with the non genuine version. Can I use it as a trial until I can the license key or will it let me do anything? I dont want to have to wait for an OEM version to ship when all I need is the key.
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Well seeing that the key is gonna cost the same as full copy of windows I would just goto microsofts website and purchase a new copy. As I seriously doubt that a new key would work with the Dell copy anyways. I will see if I can find the link for you.

As promised here is the link to where you can purchase and download a new copy of Windows 7

http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft...win7_HPup_x_r6
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You can install Windows and leave the license key field blank during install, you'll have 30 days before it'll bother you about not having a license key.

I did that with my laptop since it came with Windows 7 Home Premium and I needed Pro on it. I already had an OEM Pro disc so I installed it, two weeks later I purchased an OEM version of Pro and used its license key.
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Well seeing that the key is gonna cost the same as full copy of windows I would just goto microsofts website and purchase a new copy. As I seriously doubt that a new key would work with the Dell copy anyways. I will see if I can find the link for you.

As promised here is the link to where you can purchase and download a new copy of Windows 7

http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft...win7_HPup_x_r6
Thats the anytime upgrade its not going to work for what I have will it? If the 30 days is basically a trial of the real thing I can just use it until I my package of OEM comes in from newegg. Right?
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Chances are it won't work. Dell's disk will be an OEM disk and has a different key series than retail disks. So if you buy a copy from microsoft it will be retail. I suggest just ordering a copy, or going to pick one up. Most stores sell Windows, even walmart and target.

As mott555 said you can install without the key, but it is a 30 day trial. After that 30 days you go into a reduced functionality state where some things won't work.
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Chances are it won't work. Dell's disk will be an OEM disk and has a different key series than retail disks. So if you buy a copy from microsoft it will be retail. I suggest just ordering a copy, or going to pick one up. Most stores sell Windows, even walmart and target.

As mott555 said you can install without the key, but it is a 30 day trial. After that 30 days you go into a reduced functionality state where some things won't work.
Why didnt people tell me this yesterday while I was spazzing out.....
Thanks you guys. You have saved me 30 days of stress. Im just gonna order it from newegg tomorrow.
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