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Windows 7: can I transfer my upgrade licence to another PC


05 Nov 2009   #1

Windows: 7-Vista, Linux: Ubuntu-Sabayon
 
 
can I transfer my upgrade licence to another PC

Hi all,

The motherboard of my laptop (a 2-year old toshiba) got probably fried and I had just upgraded to Win 7 using the upgrade licence (irony!!)

All I ask is if there is some way to tell this to MS and re-activate/re-use the same licence or get a new one for another laptop.
(btw...the same goes for Office 2007 that was install on that machine)

Where I can find this kind of information?

Thanks,
m

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05 Nov 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I don't believe that this is possible ..
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05 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try to reactivate, and if it does not let you, activate by telephone.
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05 Nov 2009   #4

 

Did you activate Windows 7 before the mobo cooked itself?

According to M$ you retain the same type of licensing as the original build of Windows from which you were upgrading; so if it was an OEM build and you activated Windows 7 already then technically your Windows 7 installation remains OEM and isn't transferrable to the best of my belief.

If you haven't activated Windows 7 then all your choices remain wide open.
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05 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

When you install to a new PC it will trigger the activation alert on the new PC but don't worry just give MS a quick call and provide them the reason why yo had to install the OS on a different machine. MS will "deactivate" the old key and give you a new one that will run on your new PC and its free

Microsoft Customer Central: 1800-936-5700
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05 Nov 2009   #6

Windows: 7-Vista, Linux: Ubuntu-Sabayon
 
 

@Qdos
yes, I upgraded from a Vista HP OEM....and yes, I had already activated it (actually twice because I had screwed the first round )

@Shinobi73
...that would be great!...how positive are you on that one?

The irony is that I purchased another upgrade only yesterday for another machine, I was transfering all my stuff to start the upgrade on the other machine when I turned the toshiba on and...pam!...BLANK

Do you think I can call them right now even without installing? Just to get the new key (I'd like to get the new key rather than activate by phone...just to be safe for possible failures)
I have a conference the next week and I have to use "the only machine left" but I don't want to go trhough the long process of updating and installing all my stuff at the moment.

Thank for all your feedbacks

m
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05 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by miche View Post
The irony is that I purchased another upgrade only yesterday for another machine, I was transfering all my stuff to start the upgrade on the other machine when I turned the toshiba on and...pam!...BLANK

Do you think I can call them right now even without installing? Just to get the new key (I'd like to get the new key rather than activate by phone...just to be safe for possible failures)
I have a conference the next week and I have to use "the only machine left" but I don't want to go trhough the long process of updating and installing all my stuff at the moment.

Thank for all your feedbacks

m
Yes that would be the best option to do just to make sure that everything goes well and you have assistance on the phone to help you in case something goes wrong.

good luck
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05 Nov 2009   #8

Windows: 7-Vista, Linux: Ubuntu-Sabayon
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shinobi73 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by miche View Post
The irony is that I purchased another upgrade only yesterday for another machine, I was transfering all my stuff to start the upgrade on the other machine when I turned the toshiba on and...pam!...BLANK

Do you think I can call them right now even without installing? Just to get the new key (I'd like to get the new key rather than activate by phone...just to be safe for possible failures)
I have a conference the next week and I have to use "the only machine left" but I don't want to go trhough the long process of updating and installing all my stuff at the moment.

Thank for all your feedbacks

m
Yes that would be the best option to do just to make sure that everything goes well and you have assistance on the phone to help you in case something goes wrong.

good luck

Alright...here is my experience:

I called MS and I staied @ the phone for roughly 1 hour. First they said I couldn't do it and I got a bit mad saying that I used the OS for just 1 week. Then they got a bit more understandable and they said that I had to uninstall the OS from the previous pc...I got even more mad cause they were asking me to replace the motherboard, and uninstall....REALLY? So, do I have to replace the motherboard to uninstall the OS?...why not running it then...hahaha. I said that that wasn't my intention and that the pc was gone (I'm not spending probably more than 200 dollars for an old toshiba)

Since I thought was a matter of specs sent from the pc during the activation, I was pushing for getting a deactivation/new key thing so the operator (poor guy, I sent him twice to his supervisor to make sure to have it right) told me that: "as long as the OS is not running at the same time with another one - basically if I'm not using that pc anymore - the same key will work". And you know what's funny? Probably because I got a bit shocked by the solutions they were providing, the operator told me to call them back in case I had problem to install the upgrade ON A CLEAN HD because there is a WORK AROUND for that ...seriously? I didn't tell him that I knew it but, are they supposed to share this info?..From MS?

Well, that'd be it.

Thanks again and see you...@ the next install

m
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05 Nov 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

The Upgrade is tied to the underlying OS, so if it is upgrading an OEM XP or Vista which came with the machine, then supposedly the upgrade is similarly locked to the motherboard.

However the Upgrade itself does not profile the hardware as the underlying OEM OS did/does, nor does it even link to the underlying OS license key.

Thus there is no way to enforce an Upgrade's lock to an OEM since the Upgrade is only tracked to see that it is on one machine at a time.

If it is upgrading a full retail XP/Vista then it is as portable as are those versions to migrate to any other machine the user desires, but only one at a time.

SOURCE: Everything you need to know about Win7 license
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06 Nov 2009   #10

Windows: 7-Vista, Linux: Ubuntu-Sabayon
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The Upgrade is tied to the underlying OS, so if it is upgrading an OEM XP or Vista which came with the machine, then supposedly the upgrade is similarly locked to the motherboard.

However the Upgrade itself does not profile the hardware as the underlying OEM OS did/does, nor does it even link to the underlying OS license key.

Thus there is no way to enforce an Upgrade's lock to an OEM since the Upgrade is only tracked to see that it is on one machine at a time.

If it is upgrading a full retail XP/Vista then it is as portable as are those versions to migrate to any other machine the user desires, but only one at a time.

SOURCE: Everything you need to know about Win7 license
...thanks, I like this one. It makes perfect sense to me.

Cheers,
m
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