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Windows Licensing on refurbished, donated PC's

Q: Windows Licensing on refurbished, donated PC's

quick Licensing Question..
Want to double check something.
I am in the process of sourcing some used PC's, that I can refurbish, and setup for a non Profit School for orphaned Children.

I have a few retail packs of Windows 7, and Windows XP.
can I use these retail pack licenses on the computers I manage to refurbish/Build?
I plan on offering them some basic computer training , and Ideally would like the computers to all be on the same windows version.

Kind Regards, Darren Coetzee * Don't forget to mark as Answered if you found this post helpful. *

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Preferred Solution: Windows Licensing on refurbished, donated PC's

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


I am currently setting up a KMS/VAMT3.1 host for a new cloud solution.
I got access the the license Website and at the present I am planning to offer Win2012 + Win 2016.
After many days I managed to figure out (I hope ) what to do, and I have licensed the KMS host with the relevant KMS host key so I got VOLUME_KMS_WS16 channel ready (I guess with that I can license anything below 2016 as well)
I also have created a base image for the clients with a GVLK key in it (I got them from the following site: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867%28v=ws.11%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396) and I also have defined the KMS server +
port serving. (The DNS is a hosted one which is NOT part of the Windows 2012 R2 KMS Host. So far seems resolving all right).
Now, one if my bigger issues (and huge surprise) is: I cannot see how to get the activation information from the clients.
After lot of reading and testing I can see the event logs populating with information related to the activations ( Security-SPP ) in APplication, but I find very hard to understand what the logs mean.
for example:
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP" Guid="{E23B33B0-C8C9-eeeeee-333333-F2BDFEA0F156}" EventSourceName="Software Protection Platform Service" />
<EventID Qualifiers="16384">1003<... Read more

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I have an odd request. A neighbor gave me two laptops running XP that I plan to donate to a local school. The request was that I delete all of the data before making the donation.
Can someone give me or point me to instructions for how to delete all of the data files without affecting the XP OS?
One is a Dell. The other is a Samsung and it appears that the language is set to Mandarin. So I also need to know how to change that to English.

A:How to clean a donated XP PC?

it would be best to format the hard drives, then re-install xp from an ISO file

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Any advice would be appreiated:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 1:01:37 PM, on 6/17/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\P2P Networking\P2P Networking.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\urlmap.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://www.google.com
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://neworleans.cox.net/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://ie.search.msn.com/{SUB_RFC1766}/srchasst/srchasst.htm
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.msn.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&ar=iesearch
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&a... Read more

A:Help a Member (already donated)

Reboot in Safe Mode: http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2001052409420406

.... then run HijackThis and check and fix the following entries:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [P2P Networking] C:\WINDOWS\System32\P2P Networking\P2P Networking.exe /AUTOSTART
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SysUpd] C:\WINDOWS\sysupd.exe

>> go to Start > run, enter cmd and at the command prompt type and enter:

del C:\WINDOWS\sysupd.exe

>> While still in Safe Mode I would recommend you delete the P2P Networking folder in c:\windows\system32.

If you are still having problems, describe them and post a new scanlog after rebooting.

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Hi Everyone,

Just dropping in once again to find out how I can fix this blue screen problems on this donated rig. The guy had it sitting on the floor for four years running it dirty and was surprised that it "got broken". He also gave a monitor that was blown. I'm going to try a TV repair shop for that. I've tried to boot windows in all modes, but It always throws up the blue screen b4 windows loads. If you need more pics to id this thing for diagnostic procedures then let me know and I'll get that done. I don't know which windows version, hardware components, etc.
Picture of Blue Screen

A:Diagnostic Help w/donated rig

Hi, this is unlikely to be a Malware problem, the error code you are seeing on the Blue Screen usually indicates a problem with the hard drive. Before doing any scans for Malware the hard drive needs to be tested as that may be at the root of the problem.

Identify the make of your hard drive and then use the appropriate link below to get the manufacturer's diagnostics.

These are direct links to the download (apart from Western Digital) so the download will start as soon as you click on the link.

These diagnostics are only available as ISO images to burn to CD except for Excelstore who also provide a download for a USB flash drive. Please note that this USB version is only for use on Excelstore hard drives.

Excelstore ISO for CD Or USB flash drive (instructions included in Readme.txt file)
Seagate, Samsung, Maxtor & Quantum
Western Digital Click on the Download button next to Diag504fCD.iso

NOTE: For Toshiba/Fujitsu, or any make of drive not listed, use the diagnostics from the Seagate link.

For the downloads that are in a .zip file, right click the file and select Extract Here and burn the image to a CD. (A re-recordable CD will be fine).

In Windows 7 right click the extracted file, select Open With, then select Windows Disc Image Burning Tool then follow the prompts.
For all other versions of windows (if you do not have an ISO burner) download this free software. ImgBurn Install the program and start the application. Select the top left hand optio... Read more

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Hey Guys,

I had a computer donated to my office recently. I was told it was completely wiped before it was donated but it had some viruses when I turned it on. When I attempted to go to sites such as google it redirected to a virus page. I ran both malwarebytes and avira. It found some viruses and deleted them. Now instead of redirecting it just can't find certain sites. Further scans found nothing. Help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

A:Computer Donated, Had viruses, got rid of some, still more

Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2 SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me. Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop.* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Ant... Read more

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Ok. I was given an HP Pavilion ze5700. celeron 2800 mhz 1g of memory. I was told by the donor that it had a bad hard drive but I was given a new hard drive for it by him. Old drive is a seagate 40g and new drive is a fujitsu 40 g I believe these are referred to as SATA, they plug straight into the board. I pulled the old drive out, moved the jumper to the new drive, installed the new drive. Now when I go to the bios I can test the drive and it passes all tests, (by the way so does the old drive) but when I try to load windows it boots from the disk, then says "inspecting computers hardware configuration". The drive light blinks once and then nothing happens, black screen no cursor fans running no action. With the old drive installed I can get all the way to wiping the old drive but I keep getting a crash protection screen between that and the actual installation of windows. I am stymied and truly need this unit for school. Any ideas to try will be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Help with my donated HP laptop

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Hi guys

My friendly IT colleague at work donated a Dell desktop pc to me the other week. The spec of this new (to me) machine is far superior to the pc I currently run so I was happy to accept it

The HDD was too small for my needs so I purchased a new drive.

There is a licencing sticker attached to the machine showing the activation code and the Windows version - Windows 7 Pro OA.

In my head I thought I could install a new and larger hdd, install Windows 7 Pro then upgrade to Windows 10. I recently read somewhere on the net that Microsoft plan to allow Windows 10 activation via genuine activation codes so happy days.

How wrong was I????

After reading so many articles on the net I am now more confused than ever . Some articles say I have to purchase a new licence, some sites provide links to Digital river websites, others state that Microsoft no longer support this method of distribution, others state that I should contact Dell directly, others say contact Windows, others state under no circumstance should I contact Windows......... WOW

Like I say, given my limited knowledge, I am of the understanding that I am doing nothing illegal and given that the only hardware that has changed is the hdd I should still be able to use the machine. (What would happen if the original hdd had simply failed I wonder? )

Can anyone give me layman instructions on what I should try/do next please?

I apologise if this has been posted previously but given the information overload ... Read more

A:Donated pc - licence questions

there are many different ways of doing what you want. the following is what I would do. If I had an actual copy of the original os, I would install it on the new drive and upgrade. If I did not have an actual copy of the original os, I would upgrade the old drive to win 10, create a clone (drive image), swap out the drive, and install the clone on the new drive.

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Got this computer fom dad and he has so much crap on it can you look at my hijack log and give advice on removals?
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 17:58:48, on 5/29/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe
C:\Program Files\Motive\motmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\SBLive\AudioHQ\AHQTB.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\type32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Admilli Service\AdmilliServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Admilli Service\AdmilliKeep.exe
C:\Program Files\RFA\rfagent.exe
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A:donated computer problems

Lets let the tools do some work first

SpywareBlaster 3.4 http://majorgeeks.com/download2859.html
AdAware SE 1.06 http://www.majorgeeks.com/download506.html - * NEW *
SpyBot V1.4 http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2471.html
MS AntiSpy - http://download.microsoft.com/downl...-fca2f2c6f0cc/MicrosoftAntiSpywareInstall.exe (XP and W2K only)

DL them (they are free), install them, check each for their
definition updates and then run AdAware and Spybot, fixing anything
they say.

In SpywareBlaster - Always enable all protection after updates
In SpyBot - After an update run immunize

Them move hijackthis.exe to a permanent location like C:\HJT - if you do not know how then

http://thespykiller.co.uk/files/hijackthis_sfx.exe - double click the DL file
And let it extract to its default folder C:\Program FIles\HiJackThis, run it from there

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Have you ever donated money to sbybot S&D?...I was just wondering if people actually donated money to them and if so how much?...Ive used this program off and on over the years however Ive never sent them money however I was thinking of sending a few bucks perhaps.

Also wanted to know can Spybot harm your computer or registery at all...I mean when I click fix problems I have no idea whats going on after that and just wondered if damage or errors in registery can occur because of the program.

A:Have You Ever Donated Money To Sbybot S&d?

Hello..I'm new to the group and this is my first post.

I have donated to a several software programers.
$10 to Spybot.
Several $10. donations to Irfanview (My alltime favorite program!).
$10. our local weather station.
$10 to Faststone Image viewer.

I donate through PayPal I hope this helps answer your question. Bye for now..Ms Koye
PS: I don't care for the updated version of Spybot...it's still a little "buggy"but I still use it.

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I am working with a local community center that received 5 donated PC's that are running MS Windows 2000 Pro. They do not have any documented passwords, so I cannot configure or remove any users profiles, clean machines, ect. I thought that I read somewhere how to bypass or access the Administrator account in Win2K.
I know I could format and re-install OS (the community center does not have the license info for the OS either), but I'd rather not, unless I have too.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.


A:Admin Password for Donated Machines

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Hello, can i use windows starter edition or windows home basic on Business? like do i have a licensing issues installing this 2 OS's in a Company?

A:Windows Licensing


You can use any combination of those versions, as long as each version has its own unique licence key. Each Windows installation requires its own unique validation key.

For corporate environments, Volume Licensing is often a better route:


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I want to purchase windows 7 pro but my Resler Said i have only windows 10.
Can i buy it and
Downgrade this license to windows 7 ?

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I had a question about an issue I come across often as I slowly begin to do side tech work... I wanted input from other support professionals.

When you are working on a PC in which Windows has become corrupt and re-installation is necessary, how do you go about it? Do you ask the client for the original disks it came with? Do you purchase a retail copy or refurbished copy?
Thanks for helping a n00b!

A:Windows 7 Licensing

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Hi all,

I have developed a digital signage application that we are shortyly going to rollout to a client who has 200 outlets.

I am not experienced in the ways of XP Embedded and have been advised on many times that I should not go down this route.

What's the most cost effective way of getting the licensing?

Is it easy to become an OEM supplier? or do I go down the volume licensing way?

Is there a minimum for volume licensing as we have a a tight cash flow for this product and can I just purchase more as and when I need then?

A:Windows XP Licensing

try this: How to Obtain a Volume License for Windows XP Home | eHow.com

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Can anyone answer this question for me?
I'm currently testing the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation version on a old HP TX2000 laptop. I'm having some problems because I can't get proper driver support for the Nvidia chipset (I used a modified INF with the most current, but still ancient, driver from laptopvideo2go). I'm also having difficulty installing Windows 8 with my Intel SSD (but works perfectly for my standard hard drive).
I'd like to get Windows 8 for the laptop because I'm still enjoying the experience. But if I see the same problems with the retail edition, I'd like to instead use Windows 8 on a different PC and revert back to Windows 7 for the old laptop.
Now for the licensing question... Can I install the Windows 8 Pro edition on another PC? Especially if I delete it off the old laptop? I don't remember how licensing works exactly. I know it's tied somewhat to the hardware being installed on. So I was afraid if I first install on the laptop and it's not a success, that I can't use it on my desktop PC.

A:Windows 8 licensing

There are two versions of Windows 8 Pro. The Upgrade and OEM/System Builder. The Upgrade can be transferred to another PC provided that PC has a licensed copy of XP, Vista or Win 7 installed at time of upgrade and gives you a choice to Upgrade or do a clean install. It has been stated that the OEM/System Builder, under the Personal Use License, can be transferred to another PC that you own but this has not been 100% verified by MS. It does not require a previous version to be on your system. Either version can be on only one PC at a time so needs to be removed from old PC. Under Windows 7 the OEM version is locked to the first PC but looks like that has changed with Windows 8.


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I have recently found out that MS/Dell no longer have COAs on the outside of their computers as they're trying to cut down on piracy. Instead, they use a SLIC table in the BIOS. Our general procedure upon receiving a new computer from Dell is to immediately wipe the factory image and install our company's own. In this case, what license key are we to use? We use an XML file to apply the key and it would suck to have to manually change it for every system.

When we ran into this in the past, we were told that the COA was the real license and that any OEM key would work. We installed Win 7 from an OEM cd, used keyfinder to get the key, and use that with all of our installations. Is this still (was it ever??) a valid procedure? What is the industry accepted way to do this?

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I have a few questions regarding Windows 7 (and 8) licensing, I hope someone will be able to help me as I've asked around already and no one was able to told me for sure.
I need a licensed copy of Windows 7 (or 8, but preferably 7) for an office computer in a business company (in Europe).
I would of course like to get it as cheap as possible, preferably used or whatever it takes for it to be as cheap as possible while still legal of couruse.
So, can the retail copy be bought second hand and installed on another computer (after being deleted from the previous computer)? Can I get it that way?
What about OEM copies? Can I use one, second hand maybe? Probably not, right?
And what about the COA license? I've seen those offered online, is that legal for a company computer?
Is there anything else, any other way? I really don't know much about licensing and can't find the answers at the Microsoft pages. I emailed them but of course got no reply.
Thank you for your help in advance!

A:Windows licensing

Take look here: An Explanation of OEM, Upgrade, Academic, And Full Versions of software

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I recently bought Windows 7 Pro to upgrade from Win XP Pro.
In one of the sub windows it had a nitification that I needed to register the OS with Microsoft. I bought from TigerDirect. 1st I saw it was 2 days, then 1...So I decided to register.
The wierd thing was, there was a completely different number that was listed. When I registered, it dawned on me to change the number to the one I bought, because it took the defaulted number without any problems. When I attempted to perform that task, the prompt kicked back & said something to the effect that it was an erronious number?
My question is, will there be a trap in the future that will red flag my system? In that there will be no updates for my computer or that functions will mysteriously quit because my computer won't be accepted for support from Microsoft?
It might sound stupid. I always follow the correct path for these things. I don't purchase knock off programs or OS disks. I just want to go through the proper protocol & channels.
If this license issue comes back to bite me in the ass or if there is that possibility, then I would rather deal with it now. Please post links, experince with this sort of issue, or pass on to me that I have nothing to worry about.
Thanks for the read of this; bit winded message.

A:Windows 7 licensing.

FWIW:  If you have a valid license for the version of Windows installed...there is nothing at all to worry or fret over.

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Jedi Knights
I am creating a network at home and want to purchase Windows XP professional for the computers:
from what I understand, you cannot install XP pro on more than 1 machine (????)
IS there a difference between OEm versions and Retail versions???


A:Windows XP licensing

Yes you need a copy for each PC.

The base OS is the same but I understand a few extras are missing. And I heard Microsoft is not telling what they are.

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Lately my PC has been running slower than usual, loading into windows takes 3-minutes which is really frustrating. So I'm looking to Wipe my PC and Reinstall windows altogether. Windows itself is ?67 but I've saw a refurbished version which is around ?35 which is a huge difference for me. So i'm wondering what is the difference when purchasing refurbed version and will i run into unusual problems.

This is the refurbed version - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-Professional-Refurbisch...

A:Windows 7 refurbished

You don't have install media or a factory recovery partition?

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We received a donated HP 100B All-in-One PC for a non-profit customer, however, BIOS (Setup) is password protected. So we can't switch boot sequence or perform OS re-install, or flash the BIOS. I'm assuming that being a business model it has a security chip so removing the battery or jumper (already tried) will not remove password. What can we do? BTW, already called the lady that used to own the computer, it was a hand-me down from her brother, neither of which remember/know the BIOS password.

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So I got a new computer and gave my old one to my father. I reinstalled Windows 7 on the old one for a fresh start using the CD from my new computer because the old one didn't come with a disc, but I used the activation code from the old computer. Same version of Windows and all, but now my father is getting the but a valid copy of Windows message. So is there a fix, did I do something wrong, or should I just but new copy of Windows and install that on the old computer?

A:Windows licensing problem

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

From what I can tell, you did nothing wrong. You should be able to use most any W7 installation DVD to install retail or OEM W7. You might be interested in this tutorial:
Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

As far as how to fix the issue with that old computer, I'll have to let others comment on that.

If the computer is in another home, then you might want to install TeamViewer and set it up for unattenuated connections. Then you can set the old computer not to sleep (just while you are working to sort this out). That lets you remote into the computer anytime that you have the time :-)

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Hello everyone !

I bought an off-lease used IBM Netvista computer that had Windows XP pre-installed. There is an IBM OEM Windows XP COA sticker. What does this mean in term of license? Is this even legal? If something goes wrong, whom can I ask for support?

I have looked at the license page at Mircrosoft but am still confused . Any help?

Thank you.

A:Windows XP licensing issue

The product key on the COA is legal,but only for that computer.
You might want to check IBM for the availability of restore disks.
Microsoft does not support OEM installations,and being that
it is off lease,you will probably only get prepaid support from IBM.
Guess your stuck with us.

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Because of some funky stuff going on with my computer (corrupted files, virus, etc), I was planning on wiping everything off and starting over. Much to my dismay, I found that one of my darling children had peeled the sticker off the side of the computer with the Windows XP licensing agreement number on it. I know that's the first thing you need when reinstalling Windows XP. Is there anyplace in the system itself to find this number or am I going to be forced to buy another copy of Windows XP???

A:Windows XP Licensing number

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Anyone know where / how i can get Windows licenses (bulk or volume /corporate key) ?

yes, legit !
for Windows 7

thx for steering me in the right direction

A:Solved: Windows 7 - licensing

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Machine Apricot with Windows 10Pro (license A person A)
Machine Bobcat with Windows 10Pro (license B person B)
Machine Charger (brand new) with Windows 10Pro (license C person no one yet)

I'm wondering what the best way to do the following is... And yes, it's a bit convoluted. With Windows 7 this was not a problem at all. I am very unsure of how this is all going to work out.

In simple terms I am moving all the machines down one rung, but I need to keep the license at the same point.

Machine Apricot with Windows 10Pro (license C person no one yet)
Machine Bobcat with Windows 10Pro (license A person A)
Machine Charger (brand new machine) with Windows 10Pro (license B person B)

Is this doable?

Can I change the "admin" of a machine with a clean install and retain the same license? If I can do this, then it shouldn't be a problem. I can go about it that route.

Otherwise? Any other ideas?
How should I proceed doing this?

A:Moving Windows 10 Licensing

If you want to do complete wipes of the computers before giving them to the new users, then just do clean installs of Windows 10 Pro, wiping the hard drives/SSDs in the process - select Custom install option and delete all the partitions on the hard drive/SSD then install Windows 10 Pro to the unallocated space. The new Windows 10 installations will retrieve the digital licenses for Windows 10 previously stored on Microsoft activation servers and activate automatically.

Or, if you don't want to wipe the computers' hard drive/SSDs, then just create a new user account on the computer for the new user, change the account type to administrator. Log in with the new user account and, if desired, delete the old user account.

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Hey Guys,

I'm wondering if any of you can give me some insight on the Following Scenario:

I would like to create a virtual machine on my MBP of Windows 10 Pro for testing/troubleshooting/general tinkery. I imagine I will be utilizing Snapshots but can anybody force issues with me purchasing a copy of windows 10 to run in Virtual box as part of a single pc /virtualized domain setup? I have licenses for server 2k12 R2 but not windows. I'd like to purchase licenses for 10 and 7.

any thoughts?

A:Licensing Question - Windows and VMs

If you're just doing this for testing, then you can simply download the 180 day trial from TechNet and use that.

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Hi, I am looking for little advise. I am reinstalling my laptop windows (recovery partition has been removed) using OEM DVD with Windows 7. License on the back of the laptop is for Spanish version (laptop bought in Spain) and will like to use UK version of Windows 7. Got ISO of UK version of Windows 7 and wonder if will accept my license?
Or need to be installed in Spanish and then change language to EN.

A:Windows 7 Pro licensing and language

Because you are using the key on the sticker you will probably need to use phone activation.

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I have purchased 10 licenses for windows 7 and have installed windows 7 on 10 laptops. Lets say I Install windows 7 on a 11th laptop, will windows 7 be valid on the 11th laptop, if atleast one of the laptops with Win 7 is turned off? In other words is Windows licensing concurrent? Or can I only install win 7 on 10 laptops whether the laptop is turned on or not? Any info will help me out. How does the licensing work?

A:How Windows Licensing Works?

Retail licenses can migrate to the machine of your choice as long as the installation on the previous machine is deleted. When activating the new install you may be forwarded to phone activation to be asked how many machines the copy is installed upon, to which the only accepted answer is one. This gives MS Activation servers the go-ahead to deactivate another machine which later appears online with that Product Key.

To delete Win7 use the booted Win7 DVD Custom install>Drive Options>Delete, a bootable partition manager like free Partition Wizard CD, or Diskpart command to Delete Partition Override from DVD or Repair CD: DISKPART At PC Startup

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We have purchased 40 dell machines and these were manually setup installing each with the required software. One of them has a issue and needs to be wiped and start from fresh.
I have been asked to make a image DVD that can be run on this case and save the installation of all the software. My problem is that all dells are oem license (sticker on the side) and had Microsoft office 2010 pre installed.
How can I get pre installed office back onto this software and take a image of the hole machine? It will be a generic build that will allow be used throughout the machines so must flag for products of those 2 softwares.
I thought acronis and a sysprep but not 100% sure it's going to work?

A:Image windows 7 oem licensing

Hi -

Please see - W7 backup software questions ...

I'm not sure about using the same image for 40 systems though, given OEM and not Volume Licensed.

Office 2010 came pre-installed, i.e., it is not a trial version that you then activated with a keycode post-Windows 7 installation (initial system boot-up)?

Regards. . .



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I've recently installed Windows 7 Home Premium on an iMac using a friend's disc and product key. I however have not activated it yet. So my question is, if I buy the Windows 7 Home Premium OEM version, can I use that to activate the Windows I've already installed without having to uninstall and install it again with the proper disc?

A:Activate Windows 7 with OEM licensing?

The new key should work...

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I have a Mac Book Pro 2013, where I intend to install Windows 8.1 Pro, either via Bootcamp or Parallel. Couple of questions for this scenario...

I understand that I'll need to purchase a license, but... What's the advantage of getting a retail/boxed full version vs. OEM 64-bit full version? Can the retail version be moved to a PC platform, if I no longer need Windows 8.1 on the Mac Book? Also...

Do I need to activate Windows during installation, or can it be bypassed and use Windows for couple of days and then activate it? By no means I am looking for circumventing licensing, I'd just would not like to use the license key, if Windows won't work on the Mac Book. The chances are the Windows 8.1 will run just fine, but having couple of days to test it would be nice...

A:Windows 8.1 licensing options...

If you have internet access windows will automatically try to activate online, if you cancel it a watermark will show up on the desktop, several settings will be disabled (like lock up screen personalization) and a notification appears from time to time. But the OS will still work.

If you simply want to test it on your mac book, I'd advise disabling or turning off any network card or wireless card, that way windows won't be able to activate.

As far as I know, when you buy an OEM version and install it on a pc, the OS is tied to that system and you can't install it on another. Retail version can be installed on multiple PCs, but can only be used one at a time, basically once you're done with a PC, you can still use your retail version for a new install.

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Hiya Everyone,
I am a newbie and would apreciate any help/advice with my enquiry.

I have a problem with the Windows XP Pro Sp2 I recently purchased.

I am unable to update/validate it as it states that it is not genuine for home use, & only has a VLK licence.

Please can anyone shed any light on this, as I know very little about software.

A:Windows XP Pro Volume Licensing Key

A volume license is for commercial users, mostly. It allows them to purchase a single media kit, plus however many access licenses that they need. That way, they don't have to go out and buy 200 boxed copies of XP. You say you recently purchased it, from whom? If someone sold you a boot-legged copy, you should consider reporting this.

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Hi All.

I would like to know where I stand with the following.

My friends computer has just died on him, So he bought it round for me to look at.
The OS was damanged so I told him the best thing to do is to wipe the system clean, and start over again.

I told him to go and get all his drivers, Licensing Info, ect.

He comes back with his windows XP Home SP2 cd, Drivers, ect.
But he stuck his COA code onto the little xp booklet and not his computer.

So I would like to know two things.

(1) Can I install windows xp using my COA code, and then somehow remove the COA from the system, so that he has to enter his COA, and details.

(2) If not, how can he get a new COA, or does he have to go out and buy all the MS XP stuff again?

Thanks for your time.

A:Microsoft Windows XP Licensing


Originally Posted by Mad Professor

Hi All.

I would like to know where I stand with the following.

My friends computer has just died on him, So he bought it round for me to look at.
The OS was damanged so I told him the best thing to do is to wipe the system clean, and start over again.

I told him to go and get all his drivers, Licensing Info, ect.

He comes back with his windows XP Home SP2 cd, Drivers, ect.
But he stuck his COA code onto the little xp booklet and not his computer.

So I would like to know two things.

(1) Can I install windows xp using my COA code, and then somehow remove the COA from the system, so that he has to enter his COA, and details.

(2) If not, how can he get a new COA, or does he have to go out and buy all the MS XP stuff again?

Thanks for your time.

Just use the code that he has put stuck onto the book chances are all hes done is stuck it on there instead of the machine

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Back story (if you want to know why): A friend of mine bought this computer with Windows 7, then changed so much (stuff for lack of a better word), that Windows DVD Maker opened instead of ANYTHING else you clicked on unless you Right Click > Run in Sandbox mode the program (never seen this option before). Also, I was unable to install any programs or uninstall in programs. So re-install Windows is my default move when I don't know what else to do.

What I did:
1) I read:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

2) I made a bootable USB with:
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

and Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 (old) X17-24280.iso from:
Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

What happened:
1) The Windows 7 Pro Refurbished PCs OEM Software sticker on the laptop doesn't have a Product Key on it. There is a Windows XP Professional sticker also on the bottom, this Product Key obviously didn't work either (but I tried it).

2) Currently running Windows 7 Pro, but not activated.

What I want to do:
1) Get Win 7 activated.

What I wish I would have done:
1) Got a Diagnostic Report BEFORE I re-installed Win 7.

What I'm thinking about doing:
1) Trying to install Windows XP with the Product Key.

Computer Model Latitude D620
BIOS Vendor Dell Inc.
BIOS Version DELL - 27d70403
BIOS Date 4/3/2007
OS Version Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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A:Windows 7 Pro Refurbished PCs reinstall

The installed Product Key is the Default Key for Win7 Pro - and can never be activated.
What EXACTLY does the refurbisher's sticker say?
Most refurbishers are required to affix a proper COA sticker for the new OS alongside the old - and this should have the full Product Key on it. Many others with so-called 'refurbisher's stickers' on are in fact counterfeits.

Check inside the battery compartment - the COA sticker may be there.

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I recently purchased a refurbished HP laptop from a third party. After startup I encountered the bsod. The person I brought from said to scratch off the silver covering the full license key to activate. My problem is, I can't get it to boot so I can register the new license. Can you help please?

A:How to register Windows 10 refurbished key

Hello, Welcome to the HP Support forum. Getting the PC to boot is different from the Windows activation. Do you mean BSOD like >this< - if YES< it is  known as Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). BSOD is kind of Windows self-protection feature. If you received a blue screen error, or stop code, the computer has shut down abruptly to protect itself from data loss. A hardware device, its driver, or related software might have caused this error.What you describe could happen because of incompatible with Windows driver (most often) or because of hardware issue (rarely). In order to troubleshoot, I would need some specific information.  I would first recommend you test your hardware for issues 1. Please, shutdown the computer using the power button2. Power it on.2.1 As soon as you press the power-on button, immediately begin hitting the Esc button (like tap-tap-tap).This should open a HP Startup Menu which may look similar to this one 3. Choose F2 to open System Diagnostics. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform System Test >> Quick test.This will check major hardware componets for issue (do it just in case) . Here is more info >> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03467259#AbT1 If there is no Quick test available, please perform Hard Drive test and Memory tests  

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I bought a refurbished windows 7 computer and after the set up i went on internet explorer to download a better browser and then a coloured screen appeared so i had to hold in the power button and start it up again and then it did it again please help urgent.

A:Refurbished windows 7 computer

We are going to need more info. what is the make/model of the pc and what version of 7 is on there? Where did you purchase it from? What did the error state?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3995 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Hard Drives: C: 148 GB (99 GB Free); E: 7 GB (7 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 01TKCC
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

I replaced VISTA but Windows 10 is still slow in spite of some tweaking.

What else can I do?



You only have 3 to 4 Gb of RAM and you have less than 100 Gb of disc space.
Provide us with your computer brand and serial or service tag number.

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There was a garage sale and this person was selling this desktop for free.

It came with OEM (I believe, because it had the sticker saying this was designed for XP, and booted to XP) with XP, and I also got a windows 7 install ISO from Microsoft Tech Support awhile back for a different problem. I used that ISO to install, and i'm currently running unactivated.

The product key for XP doesn't work.

The product key that magical jelly bean found says it's default.

The product key that was actually designed for this ISO didn't work either.

What can I do about this? With buying a licence being last.

Willing to try other options...

A:Refurbished PC Windows 7, problems.

You can try contacting Microsoft to see if they will activate it. If not, you are most likely looking at purchasing a license (if you can).

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Basically I am just building my new pc and need to get a copy of windows 7. I plan to get windows 7 home premium 64-bit OEM edition. When i went to buy it for 73 i noticed there was a link advertising it for 43. This is from Amazon. The only difference i can see is that this one is refurbished. Just wondering what this means, since it only has one use so how can it be refurbished? does it mean they have just re-used an old disc and got a new product key for it? is this legit or is i better to get the full price new version? thanks for any help.

A:Refurbished windows 7 question

A refurbished OEM would be illegal since the OEM version cannot legally be re-used as it is tied to the specific hardware.
I would steer well clear.

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Hello, I volunteer for a nonprofit inner-city community center in Baltimore and we want to set up a community computer room.

We've got about 20 Dell towers donated from a local government agency. I'm told they had sensitive data on them so they were wiped. Many don't have any hard drive, but several do have an 80 gig SATA hard drive, so we tried to get them going. We have a multi-seat XP license to install on them.

Not one of these will recognize the screen, the keyboard, the mouse. No system startup, no cursor, just a black screen.

We've tried every tower, several monitors (which are brand new), different mice, keybds, etc, nothing. The hard drive is connected, I think I can hear it spinning, but it doesn't seem to make the typical click sounds of a booting hard drive.

I would suspect busted motherboard or something, but 8 of these computers are doing the same thing. I'm no technician, but nothing seems amiss inside. I've installed linux on computers so I have some experience, but this time...

Any ideas where to start? Might they have erased the bios? Should we dump these suckers and find a better donation?


A:wiped donated computers: all black screen, no boot

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How can I change 2 licensine codes of windows on 1 licensing code on windows ?
I have Vista and xp both licencing
and want 1 licensing code of windows

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1. Can Windows 7 be allowed to downgrade to XP NOW?

2. If yes, is there any licensing isues?

3. Which license is being used? Windows 7?

4. Is the license still valid?

5. For how long this XP(downgrade from windows 7) can be used?

A:Can Windows 7 downgrade to XP NOW? Any Licensing isues?

Understanding Downgrade Rights

I hate to respond with just a link but I think that covers it from the horse's mouth so to speak.

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I recently installed a new mobo and proc, to a e-machine that had a COA Window XP home license on the side. I was wondering if I reinstalled windows Xp from scratch with the license on the side of the case will it still work or has to many components been changed?

A:New parts valid for windows licensing?

One thing is the install disk is for an emachine and this might not want to recognize the new motherboard because the OEM software is usually written to look for specific motherboasrd and this computer no longer has the correct motherboard.

You might need a new windows XP install disk. I would try doing a repair-installation of windows using the emachines install disk to see if it is going to work, one thing you are going to have to do is install all of the drivers for the current motherboard from the motherboard driver disk.

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This is my first post, I hope to be lucky and somebody can help

My problem is about the understanding of the Volume Licensing procedure through KMS. I've been reading all day about it and I found out many things that I didn't know at all, but in any website I visited I got the answer for the following questions:

When you buy a Volume License, how do you count what you need? I mean, for example, I have a stock of 120 computers which I want to install Windows 7 Professional x64 (let's say those computers don't have any current license at all). But I have more than 120 users, because the company has two shifts, morning and afternoon. It's not exactly about 2 users per computer, just let's count that there are more users than computers, because the users can use one day one computer and the next day change to another different computer because it's free and nobody is using it in that shift. Totally random I mean.

What I should tell Microsoft? I want a Volume License key for 120 computers? or I want a Volume License for x number of users?

My second doubt is how those limits work. I mean, if I deploy the image with the Volume License to those 120 computers now and in two years I want to clean the computers and re-apply the clean base image to make the computers be fresh again, does that count for the limit?, I would have 240 PC's as for license count?

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A:Windows Volume Licensing misunderstanding

can get you part way there.

1 licence = 1 comp, (the number of users per comp is irrelevant to MS)

Re-applying an image 2/3 years later doesn't matter either

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