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Windows 7: Recover Windows 7 Key from Windows 8 upgrade?

03 Dec 2012   #11
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You could reimage from your backup.

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Make sure you’re on the PC you want to upgrade. This must be a PC that is currently running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview. (Windows 8 Setup checks that your PC meets all system requirements before it installs Windows 8.)

Have your product key handy. You can find it in your online order information, in the confirmation email for your purchase, or on the packaging. The product key will look something like this:
XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX

Make a backup of everything you want to keep. Save it somewhere you can get to it later, like an external drive or a DVD.



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03 Dec 2012   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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I take very good care of my licences. I didn't lose it to misplacement it was hardware failure and other circumstances. Can't control everything.

Also it was a multiuse OEM. Had 3 uses for 3 separate computers (Or motherboard switches).

Anyway guess im out of luck. Thanks =[
I've never heard of a multi-use OEM, or even a university giving out OEM keys at all. Those keys are usualy retail, which can be transferred. I've never heard of the 3 use limit, either.

Normally these license can be obtained online, or have been sent to you through e-mail, or with paperwork when you obtained the license.
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03 Dec 2012   #13
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I've never heard of a multi-use OEM, or even a university giving out OEM keys at all. Those keys are usualy retail, which can be transferred. I've never heard of the 3 use limit, either.

Normally these license can be obtained online, or have been sent to you through e-mail, or with paperwork when you obtained the license.
Surely you can't have a multiuse OEM. OEM means one specific PC surely or have I got that all wrong!
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03 Dec 2012   #14
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alyssa Smith View Post
Well that sucks =/ I cant afford another licence -.- sigh guess I'm reformatting for another 30day trail.

Will call MS tomorrow and see what they say.


Thanks anyway
Are you aware of the rearm procedure?

How to Rearm and Extend Free Usage (Activation Grace Period) of Windows 7 to 120 Days My Digital Life

I'm not sure if it applies to the version of Win7 that you have, but it might. It's not a hack, although I doubt that it's intended for use by end users. It allows the period before Windows must be activated to be reset 3 times, giving a maximum unactivated period of 120 days.

That might be long enough to get you through the holidays.
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