Swapping hard drives in a laptop

My gateway Win 7 laptop died but the hard drive is fine. Put it in an external case & it works. I have a Dell XPS with Vista that the hard drive died. Can I put the Gateway drive in the Dell & use the Windows license from it on there?
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    If it's an OEM copy that came pre-installed, no, you cannot use the license anywhere but the original laptop. Even if you could it's highly doubtful that it would boot on foreign hardware without a reinstall.
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