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Windows 7: Win 7 Ultimate OEM upgrade to second replacement laptop

07 Apr 2012   #1

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Win 7 Ultimate OEM upgrade to second replacement laptop

I plan to replace Win 7 HP 64bit with Win 7 Ultimate 64bit on an Asus N53S, a replacement for a laptop that is now trashed and on which the win 7 OEM 64bit version had been installed to replace Win Vista. Is it possible to overcome Win 7 OEM being keyed to one computer MS protocol and if so, how is it done?

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07 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Den02 View Post
I plan to replace Win 7 HP 64bit with Win 7 Ultimate 64bit on an Asus N53S, a replacement for a laptop that is now trashed and on which the win 7 OEM 64bit version had been installed to replace Win Vista. Is it possible to overcome Win 7 OEM being keyed to one computer MS protocol and if so, how is it done?
An OEM license is limited to the installation on one computer and is not legally transferable.
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07 Apr 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

When you install Windows 7 retail OEM version it becomes locked to the first mobo installed upon and is supposed to die with that mobo - even though there are reports that MS has allowed some exceptions with good excuse during phone Activation option. How To Activate Windows 7 by Phone Step-by-Step Guide

So if you want to try I would save a Windows 7 backup image of Home Premium so you have a path back, then insert the Ultimate Product Key in Anytime Upgrade to unlock the few extra features. It may well be rejected outright. Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to - Windows 7 Forums
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If so your options are to do a Clean Install of Ultimate, which I would do on a test partition or separate HD to make it easier to scrap if it fails activation and appeal. Clean Install Windows 7

I would also not consider having Ultimate any advantage unless you know for sure you need the few additional features it offers: Compare Windows - Microsoft Windows
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