Installation of Windows 7 on the second laptop

first post so please bear with me.

my Dell Studio 1558 running windows-7 recently deceased.  the motherboard somehow got fried.  I pulled the laptop hard disk on and recycled.  a friend gave me his old inspiron from dell (under Vista).  It is slow and freezes a lot when surfing the internet.

recently, I remembered that I have a "reinstallation DVD' for windows 7 that came with my (now deceased) Studio 1558.

I was wondering if I can replace (legally) of Vista with Windows 7?  I want to do a clean install, wipe everything off the Inspiron portable computer, and load Windows-7.

I ran a diagnosis and the Inspiron can run Windows 7.

I suppose that if I try to install windows-7, I asked for some kind of activation key (which I did not).  as my old laptop is dead and buried, is there someone or somewhere I can reach out where they can give me activation key because I really only run a version of the OS?

one last note: I still have the old hard disk of death studio 1558 - I could exploit that somehow?

hope I posted this in the right forum, thank you


Legally, the key was put on a sticker at the bottom of your Studio 1558 and is approved only for this laptop.  If you still had the key, could you transfer it on your computer 'new '? technically, Yes, but with Microsoft EULA changing all the time I don't know if its "legal", I had a key on an old computer and I transferred to a newer computer when the old man died and everything was fine.  The Microsoft Police did not stop for me or anything.

Long story short the biggest problem is anyway, that if you trashed the laptop with the key on there is no way to recover it.

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