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Windows 7: Releasing my key to Sell my Home Premium Upgrade

12 Jan 2010   #1

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Releasing my key to Sell my Home Premium Upgrade

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.

Thanks!

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12 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

what should have been done is you should have had your registration removed BEFORE uninstalling windows. while i'm not sure about MS's standpoint on a user reselling the software the EULA of many softwares says you can't(i know it's more a technicality than anything else but generally it's in their.) maybe a call to MS prior to sell to have the key registration removed would take care of any foreseeable issues, but personally i wouldn't mention my plans to resell the copy just incase. just tell them it's registered but not compatible with the system it was installed to and you would like it to be avaible for a future upgrade if necessary.
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12 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mcpastor View Post
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.

Thanks!
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.
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