1. Windows Central Question's Avatar
    Hello, I currently have a windows 7 ultimate 64 bit edition (retail license, on DVD) on my laptop and I want to buy a new laptop. The new laptop isis compatible with windows 8.1, but not with windows 7. I know I can update my windows to 8.1 on the old laptop, but is there a way that after doing this I can install it on my new laptop? Do i need a DVD , or will the windows 8.1 product key suffice?
    03-21-2016 07:37 AM
  2. jmshub's Avatar
    Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are eligible for free upgrade to Windows 10 until the end of July. I'd recommend upgrading both of them to Win10.
    03-21-2016 09:08 AM
  3. AndreiStancescu's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply, but if I want to update it to windows 8.1, can I do that and then transfer it to the new laptop? How do I transfer it, then? Should I download the windows installation files on a memory stick and use it for the new laptop?
    Thank you!
    Last edited by AndreiStancescu; 03-21-2016 at 10:13 AM.
    03-21-2016 09:55 AM
  4. jmshub's Avatar
    I'm not sure I entirely understand your question.

    The new laptop you are buying already has Windows 8.1? If you want to reinstall Windows 8.1 on that PC, you'll need installation media to do a complete reinstall. You can find ISOs of Windows installation media if you look around.

    However, you won't be able to legally install Windows 8.1 on the Windows 7 PC unless you buy a Product Key for the old laptop.
    RumoredNow likes this.
    03-21-2016 11:39 AM
  5. AndreiStancescu's Avatar
    No, the new laptop has Free Dos, it has no OS. The thing is that it doesn't work with Windows 7, but with Windows 8.1.
    On my old laptop I have Windows 7. I want to upgrade it to 8.1 and then install the 8.1 on the new laptop. Can I do this?
    03-21-2016 11:38 PM
  6. RumoredNow's Avatar
    No. You can't buy a license and install on old... Then transfer license to new.

    Is there some reason you can't install 8.1 directly on the new machine?
    jmshub likes this.
    03-21-2016 11:43 PM
  7. RumoredNow's Avatar
    And I'm not sure why a machine that accepts 8.1 can't accept 7.

    I'm confused what that issue is about.
    jmshub likes this.
    03-21-2016 11:45 PM

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