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How to make OEM Windows 7 legal after motherboard failure.
« on: February 02, 2018, 10:53:58 PM »
Pardon me.
This has been hasted around over and over again.
But I forget things, Especially things that are not well-defined.

My old Dell bite the dust. That was some months ago.   It had a  OEM Windows 7 pro 64 bit. I still have the DVD and product key.

I got another Dell computer and it runs Windows 10 32 bit. I also put Windows XP on it. Also I put Ubuntu on it. MBR.

I forgot about the Windows 7 DVD that goes with the old failed Dell.

Now I just got  another computer a week ago, a Gateway, with Windows 10. I thought it would be nice to have Windows 7 again, so after a lot of work I made it dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 10. GPT.

No I am not tying to cheat anybody. My old OEM machine is stone dead. I should know better,  but I forgot. It is asking me to activate Windows 7. So I put in my old product key and it says that it is not right.

A search on the Internet gives conflicting answers. One claims to be from Microsoft and it says that I can transfer the OEM license to a replacement motherboard. But apparently that is not true or else there is some odd way of doing it.

This is not a critical issue. I don't need Windows 7. Actually, I do have another legal copy I might try, but it would be a hassle to do the install all over again. It would be a lot easier, I think, if there was some way I can legalize the install I just made. I am sure I can not use the other product key, they are different versions of Windows 7.

Can I call Microsoft support and beg them for an exception?

Here is what I have legally.
Two DVDs with Windows 7 and respective product keys.
Two computers, each has legal Windows 10.

I would like to have  at least one PC  boot Windows 7 whenever I like.
No way am I trying to sell either of these computers.

Any thoughts?