Can I install the copy of Windows shipped with my laptop on my desktop?

Bniedem Malti December 19, 2012

I want to uninstall Windows 7 from my laptop, install it on a PC which I only use occasionally, and then install Ubuntu on my laptop. The problem I envisage is that Microsoft might not allow me to move Windows 7 from my laptop to my PC. If there is a way to do this, the rest of the operation is easy. I am a very happy Ubuntu user.

  1. Roberto Martinez Thellier
    January 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Install Ubuntu dual boot option, so you have two OS (Windows & Ubuntu)

  2. Darryl Kirby
    December 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

    This is why I have used Linux for the past 8 years!

  3. Freedom
    December 30, 2012 at 12:19 am

    No. Even though you paid for it and you own it, Microsoft are in control of what you do with it.

    Best advice: put GNU/Linux on your machine and never pay Microsoft again.

  4. Bniedem Malti
    December 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you all for your suggestions. And the response was really quick. I appreciate that very much. MUO you are the best; one of my favourite sites. Thank you.

  5. Âdil Farôôq
    December 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I think its not possible if your windows is specifically licensed for your Laptop. Other wise you can try installing it sometime it works.

  6. salim benhouhou
    December 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    it's OEM version you can't install it only on the laptop that it comes with .

  7. Kishore Kumar
    December 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

    you can't. try ubuntu. it is free, good interface, no virus problems.

  8. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    December 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

    You can upgrade to win8 with your 7 license then use the given serial to install win 8 in your desktop.

  9. ha14
    December 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

    if it is specific to hardware then NO.

  10. Bniedem Malti
    December 20, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Author : Jayesh Varotariya
    URL :
    try to copy you windows sireal key and use again,it work sum time....

    What happened to the above comment? I received it via email alert, yet I cannot find it posted here!!!
    Thank you Jayesh. I will try what you suggested. After all, I am licenced to use Win 7 on ONE computer and that is what I will be doing. So MS shouldn't find any objection.

    • Muo TechGuy
      December 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Horrendous spelling and grammar probably didn't help. It was deleted, most likely.

  11. Junil Maharjan
    December 20, 2012 at 5:56 am

    if it is licensed for only one pc then you cannot.

  12. mohit kumar
    December 20, 2012 at 5:50 am

    No, you can't use it.

  13. Md Nur-Un-Nabi
    December 20, 2012 at 3:08 am

    No mate, u can't use it if it's for only 1pc....

  14. Bniedem Malti
    December 20, 2012 at 12:27 am

    What really bugs me is that I am not going to be using it on more than one computer. This is a simple transfer of one and the same operating system which I was forced to purchase against my wishes.

    • Douglas Mutay
      December 20, 2012 at 6:32 am

      Very sorry for that. Maybe you can just install Ubuntu on both computer.

    • Muo TechGuy
      December 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Actually, you purchased it at a far cheaper price because it was bundled with that laptop, than you would have paid if you'd purchased through retail for any PC. It's not that hard to understand OEM licensing.

  15. Bniedem Malti
    December 20, 2012 at 12:22 am

    That's one reason I hate MS. The other is having to check for virus attacks.
    I shall stick to Linux.
    Thank you all for your help.

  16. Rob Hindle
    December 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    No it's a heavily discounted OEM licence tied to the specific machine it was sold with.

  17. Duy Nguyen Minh
    December 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    one license / 1pc you cant install in another pc

  18. Avish Kansakar
    December 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    No, unless it is licensed for more than 1 pc I dont believe you can do it.

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