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  • Question

  • I have a version of vista that I purchased a few years ago but now have a different computer.  Can I download that version on my new computer since my old computer is not being used?


    Wednesday, April 6, 2011 2:28 PM

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  • "tbirnesser" wrote in message news:2dc69b23-3e56-42f3-aa8b-0f9c29dd8efc...

    I have a version of vista that I purchased a few years ago but now have a different computer.  Can I download that version on my new computer since my old computer is not being used?



    If you mean can you INSTALL Vista on your new PC, then the answer is 'it depends'.
     
    If the License for your Vista is a Full Retail license, then yes - you will probably have to activate by phone.
    If the License for Vista is an Upgrade license, then only if there is a qualifying license already installed on the PC.
    If the License is OEM, then no - OEM licenses are tied to the first computer they are activated on.
     

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Wednesday, April 6, 2011 2:59 PM
    Moderator
  • If the version you have of Windows Vista is a "Full Retail" version, the answer is yes once you remove Windows Vista from the old computer by reformatting the hard drive.  Any other Windows Vista version (such as an OEM or Upgrade version) and the answer would be no.
    Carey Frisch
    Wednesday, April 6, 2011 3:00 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • "tbirnesser" wrote in message news:2dc69b23-3e56-42f3-aa8b-0f9c29dd8efc...

    I have a version of vista that I purchased a few years ago but now have a different computer.  Can I download that version on my new computer since my old computer is not being used?



    If you mean can you INSTALL Vista on your new PC, then the answer is 'it depends'.
     
    If the License for your Vista is a Full Retail license, then yes - you will probably have to activate by phone.
    If the License for Vista is an Upgrade license, then only if there is a qualifying license already installed on the PC.
    If the License is OEM, then no - OEM licenses are tied to the first computer they are activated on.
     

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Wednesday, April 6, 2011 2:59 PM
    Moderator
  • If the version you have of Windows Vista is a "Full Retail" version, the answer is yes once you remove Windows Vista from the old computer by reformatting the hard drive.  Any other Windows Vista version (such as an OEM or Upgrade version) and the answer would be no.
    Carey Frisch
    Wednesday, April 6, 2011 3:00 PM
    Moderator
  • THANKS

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011 4:48 PM