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The local non-profit I support received Dell desktop computers without the OS installed, and the OS sticker was removed. The computers had Windows 7 on them before. What is the best and cost effective way to get the computers licensed for Windows 10?
If you can obtain a Dell OEM disc the license key is likely still in the BIOS. you can then in place upgrade the computer to windows 10 and gain a digital license for the machines.
I did a quick Google search and this might get you the OEM media
Again keep in mind if you go straight to win10 it will say unlicensed if the computer shipped with 7. Install 7 check if it activated then do an in place upgrade with an internet connection.
I see this situation come up enough that I wanted to point out the licensing compliance issues with this approach. Sure there might still be a key left in the Bios that would let you install from OEM media, but without the COA sticker, you do not possess the license or right to use Windows 7 on those machines. That also means that upgrading to Win10 would also be unlicensed since it would be based on a Win7 license you do not possess. So yes this approach will typically let you install, activate and use Windows, but that doesn't mean you're now magically legally licensed for that use of Windows on that computer. Will anything happen? Probably not. In my experience even when Nonprofits get hit with compliance audits, the auditors become completely uninterested once they learn you're a 501(c)(3), meaning they won't get a hefty reward from non complying licensing... But if you're trying to ensure your nonprofit is using legal licensed software then this approach will not work.
Digital things seem to throw people off, so an analogy to a real world scenario seems to help make this clearer. Imagine that you're subletting an apartment for a few months that you're in another city. The month's pass, you return the key and go back to your home town. However, a month later you happen to be in that city again and you also notice you happen to have a copy of the key to the apartment you were previously subletting. Will it still open the door to the apartment? Most likely it will. But you are nonetheless lacking the permission you need to legally enter that apartment... Now if the owner or manager of the apartment happens to be a close friend of yours, maybe they won't shoot or have you arrested, but your nonetheless trespassing when you enter without permission.
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