Registering Win7


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Buffalo

This is my friends new laptop and it contains Windows 7 Home
Premium.(Purchased at Office Depot with Win7 on it)
Do you have to register it with MS?
What happens if you don't?
How much time do you have after you first use it before you HAVE to register
it?
Thanks,
Buffalo
 
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Colon Oscopy

Buffalo said:
This is my friends new laptop and it contains Windows 7 Home
Premium.(Purchased at Office Depot with Win7 on it)
Do you have to register it with MS?
What happens if you don't?
How much time do you have after you first use it before you HAVE to
register
it?
Thanks,
Buffalo
You don't have to register it but you need to activate it. Usually you have
30 days and will continue to receive reminders if you don't activate.
 
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Buffalo

Colon said:
You don't have to register it but you need to activate it. Usually
you have 30 days and will continue to receive reminders if you don't
activate.
Thanks, I will inform her of that.
What happens if you don't activate it?
Buffalo
 
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Doum

Colon Oscopy said:
You don't have to register it but you need to activate it. Usually you have
30 days and will continue to receive reminders if you don't activate.
I don't think so, branded OEM Windows are pre-activated and probably BIOS
locked.

Unless that has change with Win7. I bought a laptop and a netbook in the
past that came with XP factory installed and I never had to activate
Windows.
 
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R. C. White

Hi, Buffalo.

The official word can be found by starting here:
Windows 7 Solution Center
http://support.microsoft.com/ph/14019/en-us#tab1

One more click from there gets you:
Activate Windows 7 on this computer
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/activate-windows-7-on-this-computer

As the others said, Activation is required. Registration is not.

RC
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"Buffalo" wrote in message
This is my friends new laptop and it contains Windows 7 Home
Premium.(Purchased at Office Depot with Win7 on it)
Do you have to register it with MS?
What happens if you don't?
How much time do you have after you first use it before you HAVE to register
it?
Thanks,
Buffalo
 
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Alex Clayton

Doum said:
"Colon Oscopy" <[email protected]> écrivait
I don't think so, branded OEM Windows are pre-activated and probably BIOS
locked.

Unless that has change with Win7. I bought a laptop and a netbook in the
past that came with XP factory installed and I never had to activate
Windows.
I have bought 3 laptops since Win 7 came out and none needed to be
activated. I just fired them up and started using them. I did have to
validate the first time I tried to install something from MS like antivirus
but Windows never asked me to activate it.
 
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nomail

This is my friends new laptop and it contains Windows 7 Home
Premium.(Purchased at Office Depot with Win7 on it)
Do you have to register it with MS?
Maybe look at the instructions that would have come with the
laptop. If no hard copy check the HDD.
 
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Roy Smith

This is my friends new laptop and it contains Windows 7 Home
Premium.(Purchased at Office Depot with Win7 on it) Do you have to
register it with MS?
What happens if you don't?
How much time do you have after you first use it before you HAVE to
register it?
Registering a Windows OS is optional, activation is mandatory. Though
usually pc's with windows preinstalled have already been activated.
 
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Yousuf Khan

This is my friends new laptop and it contains Windows 7 Home
Premium.(Purchased at Office Depot with Win7 on it)
Do you have to register it with MS?
What happens if you don't?
How much time do you have after you first use it before you HAVE to register
it?
Thanks,
Buffalo
You have nothing to do, everything is already taken care of since you
got this Windows with the laptop. You don't need to register it or
activate it, both are already done for you.

Activation is only for those copies of Windows which you buy from a
store separately from the computer and install afterwards.

Yousuf Khan
 
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Gene E. Bloch

It may be activated but I seriously doubt it will be registered, as that
is up to the actual users to do, if they so desire.
Not to mention that at the time of manufacture, the manufacturer has no
idea who the user will be...
 
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Roy Smith

Gene said:
Not to mention that at the time of manufacture, the manufacturer has no
idea who the user will be...
They do if it's a custom built PC...


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Roy Smith
Windows 7 Professional
Postbox 2.0.0b2
Saturday, August 28, 2010 5:20:02 PM
 
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Yousuf Khan

Not to mention that at the time of manufacture, the manufacturer has no
idea who the user will be...
Usually, most OEMs put a default user id of "owner" in, which you can
then change later on.

Yousuf Khan
 
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Doum

Usually, most OEMs put a default user id of "owner" in, which you can
then change later on.

Yousuf Khan
Maybe but they don't register it with M$.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Usually, most OEMs put a default user id of "owner" in, which you can
then change later on.

Yousuf Khan
Or maybe "Microsoft".

I have seen (and had to fix) that.

It still asked me to register, IIRC, which corroborates what Doum said.
 
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