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  #1529297 9-Apr-2016 23:38
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Try installing Mint as an alternative OS on that second PC.


It's free and can be interesting to expand your computer knowledge.





Thanks i never used mint and i honestly dont know how to use mint as operating system. for this i have to learn mint first?



Mint is a variant of Ubuntu/linux but has a desktop which is windows like.


Google it and download it. Then you can either put it on a USB stick or burn to a DVD and reboot.


It comes with an Office suite and to be honest, if you are looking for an internet browsing office machine it will do it fine.


Games getting better with Steam improving things greatly but its not as a good as windows.


Ultimately you going to have to try an alternative OS or buy a legal windows licence.







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  #1529319 10-Apr-2016 08:57
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If there is a sticker with a Microsoft licence key on the computer itself this should allow you to install the OS again using that licence. If it's a laptop then it could have a sticker on the bottom - though it may only be a licence for XP.

Thanks Geek4me i have checked it, I found a sticker with license key, but 2 digits are removed from sticker,

If it has the sticker, I'm pretty sure a call to Microsoft support will get a working copy going. With all the other info on the sticker, they can surely tie it down to which licence and tell you the last 2 digits.

Also, is it a Dell? If so, ones less than about 5 years old have product codes built into their TPM, and Dell can look up the asset tag hard coded in the BIOS to find its details too...


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  #1529502 10-Apr-2016 14:48
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@Nathan already answered this on the first reply.


No you can't use one key on two PCs.


End of story, thread locked.





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