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Windows 7: W7 invalid Key, Can I purchase an upgrade W8?

01 Jul 2014   #1
Bishop8175

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
W7 invalid Key, Can I purchase an upgrade W8?

I did a clean install of windows 7 when I wasn't connected. Now that I am connected I find out my product key has been used to many times (not on one of my PC's). Would I be able to purchase an upgrade of windows 8 and install that, even if my current Windows 7 is not activated?

Hope this makes sense.


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01 Jul 2014   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I may be corrected, but I would say the system to be upgraded has to be valid I'm sure.
It sounds like you may have an OEM or system Builder key. You should be able to use Other Activation and call MS to activate the w7 install, which would be the better way IMO.

Welcome to Seven Forums too.
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01 Jul 2014   #3
Bishop8175

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I know they could activate it for $99, I was just hoping to avoid paying that much for an old product.
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01 Jul 2014   #4
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Just to add to Britton30's advice,

Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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