Quote: Originally Posted by mcpastor
I want to sell my Home Premium Upgrade DVD because my old computer is too old to get drivers for.
I installed Windows 7, then removed it. I'm guessing MS knows the key has been used. Is there a way I can let them know I am selling it and have removed it from my computer? I've seen (on this forum) the phone in method of registering the key. I also hear that can be a real pain for the buyer, and it may not work.
There is no explicit de-activation for Windows 7.
However, a retail upgrade license is transferrable.
Because the key has been already in use, the new owner will probably have to activate by phone if the new hardware is sufficiently different. (This would be the same as for you transferring the license to a new PC.) It's not a big deal. The first step is automated. If that doesn't work, the call is transferred to a live MS representative. If the new owner can persuade the rep that the copy is being used as allowed by the license agreement, he/she will be given a new activation code. Total time, less than 10 minutes.
I'm not sure if the deal is the same for the version purchased through the student deal. I doubt that needs to be mentioned, and I expect that the keys are no different than for a regular retail upgrade copy.