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If I have a Windows 7 COA Sticker on my PC... (it isnt specifically labeled Dell COA) Is it possible that I could use that same key on a totally different PC? My dell computer is outdated. I wanted to install that license on a custom PC I've built. Will that work? I know I would have to possibly call in to activate it. Any useful info would help. Thanks guys!

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marked as duplicate by nhinkle Feb 17 '13 at 1:17

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

Yes, it is possible.


  1. Possible does not mean that it is legal to do so.
  2. Should you have a non OEM version of windows on the old Dell (e.g. because it came with XP and you bought a full retail version of windows in a shop and installed that on the Dell) then you will need to wipe the old win7 from the Dell.
    1 License -> 1 computer.
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Nah..the old Dell has Vista installed on it..its not using the Win & COA. I would also wipe the old Dell once i get Windows installed on the NEW pc. – Wayne-Z Feb 16 '13 at 15:43
@Wayne-Z - If the Windows 7 license is not an OEM license then you can install it on another system. – Ramhound Feb 16 '13 at 23:04

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