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Branded versions of Windows-7 ?


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I was thinking about purchasing several 'Branded' W-7-Pro Disks & Codes,

but was wondering if the License-Code that comes with them are the same type number as the number that comes with normal retail type?


In other words, can I use the 'Branded' Code, when installing W-7, using a retail Disk which I already have?

(If so, the Codes are all I need)


Has anyone here installed a Branded version or know about the Code number?


Note: Branded copies are made to be sold thru companies like Dell and HP, which must be different than the OEM versions

and they can be purchased at a lower cost.

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branded/public W7


Hi Toppack,

Dont know if that will work, but i do know that W7 checks (MS) your product code, everytime you start-up.


its part of the W7 package. Mr Bean spoke of a solution to this check about a month or so ago, HOPE he's OK, SO my answer is i dont think big brother will allow it.



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i dont think big brother will allow it.



If the Branded versions use the Same series of Code numbers,

then I think it should install with no problems,

but if the License-codes are of a different type or series,

then it may not.

I've been searching internet to find Info about Codes,

but so far No one seems to know ???


I may have to buy one to find out? :-?

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Well, I found one guy that said that when installing Branded versions

you do Not type in the Key-code, like is done with retail version,

but it is possible to extract the code number after it is installed,

(using a Run-command-line utility)

but not all Branded versions will install on a PC that is not That brand.


Not all branded intalls are the same.

I think it's the HP version that will Not, but some Dell versions will install on any PC.


So, it appears that what I was going to do is possible, if you are careful which branded version you get???


I'm starting to think it's Not worth the Gamble, for the $50. saved per PC, though?

Although I need four codes which adds up to $200. total ???


Bill we love you Man, But:

Microsoft is charging way Too Much for W-7 retail version.

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Yep Almost, I really am surprized that he has not become a Presidental candidate yet. :wink:

If he did, I might even vote for him. He certainly knows how to get things Done.


When he starts buying up other countries, we will know he is 'On the Move'. :lol:

I think he should Start with buying the UK. :lol:

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The codes are the same type (25 didgits) and if they are retail will come with a large COA (Certificate of Authenticity) - Volume Licenses will be like the ones you get with a new PC and special ones Like Internal and Action Pack Software will have just an orange strip like these (I blurred out the product keys). More info on COAs and Licencing here:









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