Question by : Can I Use the Windows 7 Restore Disc from Another Laptop?
I have a new laptop that for some reason didn’t come with the windows 7 home premium restore disc. Can I use the disc from my other laptop as long as I use the product key from the back of the NEW laptop?
The disc I have SAYS Windows 7 “Upgrade Option” from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium, but I have completely wiped the hard-drive and reinstalled windows 7 from scratch using it.
I just want input on whether or not this would work because the NEW laptop is not mine. I’m working on it for someone else and if this doesn’t work, the other person would have to pay DELL like $ 129 because it didn’t come with the software disc or I would have to find the software online which is too much of a hassle.
Any input is valued, thank you.
Answer by Simply RED
Yes you can use that even if it’s just an upgrade disc of Windows 7. Read this:
However, forget about your Windows 7 Restore Disc as it might contain drivers specific for your hardware. The best solution is by downloading an ISO image of Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 installer:
x86 (32-bit) version
x64 (64-bit) version
Note that those images are original. Theycome from Digital Rivers, the official e-Commerce partner of Microsoft. You can verify Digital River’s status as an official vendor from this Microsoft press release:
Once you’ve saved the ISO image file to your hard drive, right click on the file and select “Open with -> Windows Disc Image Burner” to burn it to a blank DVD disc.
Install the OS on your friend’s laptop and activate it using the product key.that’s on his laptop. You might just need to download and install drivers for the devices that might not be automatically detected by the installer such as the wifi adapter.
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