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Laptop Was Stolen


1 month old laptop with windows 7 was stolen, it was a gateway laptop. I have filed a police report and proof of purchase with gateway. However, i do not know my windows 7 key of the top of my head because it was on the bottom of the laptop, the original gateway box does not have this information either and i contacted gateway and they said they cannot give me the key because "dispatching of windows 7 os is done by mentor media. I recommend you contact microsoft".

The reason im asking is, i am going to build a new computer and i thought instead of paying for windows 7 again why not use the copy i already payed for when i bought the laptop? Is this possible? I put my gateway "recovery dvd's" in my current desktop and i got to the screen where it asks language and the notice where it says "if you press continue everything will be restored to original factory settings", if i put those recovery dvd's in the computer i build will they install windows 7 on my new computer? Is there somehow a way to transfer over the key to the new machine?

In addition i have a broken dell laptop out of warranty, too expensive to fix, which has a windows vista key on the bottom, can i make use of that somehow?


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