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When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter?

I use Ubuntu almost exclusively. But, in order to buy the laptop I want, it's bound to come with Windows 7. I could always go the EULA refund route and try to get a refund for it.

But I was wondering if there was anyway I could transfer the license I bought via the laptop to a a desktop PC. I have desktop running XP right now that I wouldn't mind having windows 7 on.

Is there anyway I could transfer the windows 7 license from the laptop, install Ubuntu on it and install windows 7 on my desktop? I have no need for 7 on a laptop, as I won't be playing any games on it.

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marked as duplicate by nhinkle Jun 28 '11 at 1:29

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No.

The license will more than likely be an OEM license that has to stay with the laptop. This is in the terms of the license and may well be enforced by use of a special key.

I'd go the refund route and then buy a retail copy of Windows 7 for the desktop.

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Usually, the license that comes with a laptop is a special OEM license. It's BIOS-locked to that particular manufacturer, and therefore not transferable in this manner. (If you can specify the laptop model, we can confirm, as there are a few, especially boutique brands, that may differ.)

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