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Old December 16, 2010, 04:21 PM
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Default Old PC with XP and an extra windows 7 upgrade

I have an old dell which is being replaced, and my mom was even going to throw it away.
i also have a windows 7 home premium family pack, of which only 2 have been used. I was going to give it to a friend for cheap, but is it possible for me to use the old windows xp key with my family back to install windows 7 on the new rig i am building?
also, i do not have any of the xp cd's.
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Old December 16, 2010, 04:30 PM
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nope, but you can scavenge an oem for xp. depending on how much ram the dell has, youll be ok or not :)


remember, any pc is good when mains is down for repairs,upgrades etc. having a pdf sheet with your mobo etc in front of you when you need it is priceless :)

also, get a livecd in case the drive fails, once again hassle free and lets you go on the net etc. even better for older pcs with weak performances. if you like it install the linux



edit : hold on a sec. does the pc work with its copy of xp installed or you need to reinstall?
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Old December 16, 2010, 04:41 PM
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I'm sorry, i must have been unclear.
Currently in possession: 1 old crappy dell with XP running, 1 extra upgrade for windows 7 home premium
soon to be in possession: brand-spanking new build.

What i would like to do is save the 100$ on the windows 7 OEM edition by using the family pack upgrade on the new rig in conjunction with the old XP key. The old dell would be left with an OS... it still works, and I could always throw linux on it and give it away or whatever.
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cool then upgrade away, if its got enough ram

linux would be recommended though.

pcos, ubuntu...
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Old December 16, 2010, 05:04 PM
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fuuuu, i suck at this. not upgrading the old dell. just want to remove old licence and use XP key for new build and also use windows 7 family pack upgrade (which i have an extra licence for)
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Old December 16, 2010, 05:18 PM
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Put the upgrade disc in to your new computer.


It will let you install Windows 7 as a fresh install anyways even if it's an "upgrade" disc.
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Old December 16, 2010, 05:44 PM
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Just to make sure here:
this is putting the install disk of windows 7 into a pc with no OS pre-installed.
if/when it prompts me for old key, i would use the old XP key. but there will be no XP pre-installed on it. This is my new pc being built from scratch
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Old December 17, 2010, 05:22 AM
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Even if you don't have a CD key there use to be a way of installing a copy of Win7 without activating it THEN installing the upgrade ontop of the non-activated Win7 and you would essentially be performing a "upgrade" at that point. Not sure if that still works but google is your friend (Win 7 upgrade does not ask you for the CD key of your old install, instead it wants to see a copy of windows already installed on the disk).
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