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Windows 7 install

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by zytok, 19 Oct 2009.

  1. zytok

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Feb 2004

    Posts: 2,325

    Location: Chesterfield

    was expecting my copy of Windows 7 to turn up today as a friend who ordered at the same time has his but mines not turned up. Question is, can I legally install his copy and just enter the serial number later when my copy turns up or does it insist on the serial during installation?
     
  2. Rainmaker

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Aug 2007

    Posts: 8,545

    Location: Liverpool

    You'd be fine to do that, no problems at all really. If you bought different versions though (eg HP v Ultimate) make sure you install the version YOU paid for. You can do that either by choosing it at the prompt that appears during install when you choose not to enter a serial, or by ripping the install DVD to a USB and removing the relevant config file.
     
  3. zytok

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Feb 2004

    Posts: 2,325

    Location: Chesterfield

    can anyone else confirm whether the full retail release allows you to skip entering a product key on installation?
     
  4. Daegan

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Sep 2005

    Posts: 1,589

    Location: Bath, UK

    Yes you can skip entering a product key on installation.

    You need to enter a product key to activate it, but Windows gives you 30 days to do this (90 days if you rearm it twice).