Using windows key on diffent type of windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by bazookafx3, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. bazookafx3 macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    So I purchased the Windows 7 Home Premium for only $30 (student discount) but they only really gave me an EXE to upgrade with, which is useless for running bootcamp. But my friend bought Windows 7 Home Premium for the full price and I was wondering if I would be able to use his disk but my product key?
  2. mousouchop macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    New York
    Yes and no. You can install with his disc. If you are installing on a Macbook with a virgin bootcamp partition, that being that you have never had an install of Windows on that computer, your key will not work.

    Install with your friend's disk, do not put in your key at the end of installation. Instead, complete installation and open Windows 7 (it will be in "Trial Mode"), complete the steps in this tutorial:click here, restart, open Activate Windows app, enter your key and you are done.

    This is the method I used to great success!
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    X15-65733 is Home Premium x64. If you want the 32-bit version, you need X15-65732.
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Heck I wouldn't know; I ordered mine from MS and got the retail copy, which I'm backing up right now :) Haven't been this excited for a windows os in...ever? haha

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