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I was sold oem system builders copy of windows 7 & vista home premium from my local computer shop are these legal? can i reinstall again & again using these disks? thanks.

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  • redbionic Jul 11, 2010

    Yes answers allayed any fears i had.

  • redbionic Jul 11, 2010

    Yes answers allayed any fears i had.



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It would be really difficult for us to surely tell whether the copy of the Microsoft Windows 7 and Vista which you have purchased is genuine (or legal) or not.

To check and confirm that the copies which you have purchased is genuine, kindly refer to the "How to tell" article on Microsoft website by clicking this link:

Also, kindly refer to this article for Vista Home Premium.

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  • redbionic Jul 11, 2010

    I've done that.all seems okay.

    I want to do a clean install of windows 7 x64 over Vista x32 both my disks as i said are oem versions

    would there be any problems doing this. (is there any restrictions on reintalling on the same laptop?)

    upgrade advisor gave me the okay.

    Thankyou for your help.

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    AliTech110 Jul 11, 2010

    Many thanks for the feedback.

    Since you have already checked the upgrade advisor and the report says that your laptop supports the upgrade, there should be no problem whatsoever with installing Windows 7 on your laptop.

    Just to be on a safer side, I would suggest that you make a backup (copy the files to a CD or DVD) of all the important files on your laptop (photos, videos, documents, etc.)

    Wish you all the best and thanks once again.



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