Windows key from dead laptop for BootCamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Cooee!, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. Cooee! macrumors member

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    I have a dead windows 7 pc, and wondering if I can use its windows key for bootcamp?
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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  3. Cooee! thread starter macrumors member

    Cooee!

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    My windows laptop came with windows 7 pre-installed, so should it work? I'm still confused about the meaning of OEM.
     
  4. Asuriyan macrumors 6502a

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    OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer. The product key stamped to the bottom of an off-the-shelf PC isn't a real product key, per se- it's a certificate of authenticity indicating that the copy of Windows running on the system is a legitimately purchased one. It can't be used with any installer. You'll need a retail key of some kind.
     

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