Can I use Windows product key with other CDs?

By sspeedy43
May 11, 2010
  1. So i just bought a relatives 2006 core duo mac, i cant do anything productive on the os. So i need to install Windows on bootcamp. So my question is...... If my friend bought a pc that came with windows xp and then upgraded to windows 7, can i use ANY windows sp2 cd and put his code in (the sticker on back of the computer) Cause now he is using windows 7.
    I don't want to go through the process just to find out it wont work. I already did that with my version of XP ( non sp2 thats why it didn't work)

    Thanks in advance, Speedy43
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    In a word... No
  3. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 899   +15

    well you can always try. but most likely its a NO. lol
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Why can't you do anything productive on the OS? What are you trying to do? You aren't going to have a slew of things to tweak to get the OS to run optimally on your hardware.. So I don't know what is preventing you from being productive, is it that you can't find the right programs to do what you want?

    I use both Mac and Windows every day and I don't feel much difference in productivity between them, but maybe you are doing a specific task (or wanting to) that Macs don't have an equivalent for...
  5. sspeedy43

    sspeedy43 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Well i have a Zune HD and the zune program will not work with snow leopard, also a lot of my games are for windows and will not work with mac. I am getting used to it but i feel like a baby with this os. I have had a lot of experience with a pc. i had one sence i was 3. The only reason i got this is that i got a great deal from a relitive, 2,000$ mac for only 400$ with snow, adobe cs3, iwork, ilife. Super deal.
    So i cant function quite as well as i do with XP so, yea i only have the 2002 version and dont want to buy a new one.
  6. sspeedy43

    sspeedy43 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    well actualy he did not upgrade, he wiped the hard drive and then installed a fresh copy of 7 with a new key code, that means that other code is not in use.
  7. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 899   +15

    honestly, if you are eager enough, just setup bootcamp and set aside a small partition for windows. insert your windows CD and start installing in that particular partition. then you will know if it works or not. if it doesn't, go back to bootcamp and delete the partition.

    im not sure about imac, but for 2009 macbook pro it's actually easy to install windows. quick and painless.
  8. sspeedy43

    sspeedy43 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Well will windows 7 work on my imac? ( early 2006, intel based)
  9. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 899   +15

    hmm. im not sure about that. i never own any mac. just helping friends with. check this out:
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