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Windows 7: Buying Windows 7 - Cheapest option?

28 Feb 2010   #51

windows 8.1 Pro x64

1 - use diff key for each machine, there is enough keys for this and you reduce the likelyhood of needing to ring microsoft.
2 - technically technet is only for testing and cannot be used for productivity use, realistically microsoft wont care as long as you dont get silly and start doing things like leaking/selling the keys. end of the day this is better for them than you pirating it. I expect you can get away with giving a key to a couple of family members but just be aware it is breaching the t&c.
3 - the keys still work after the subscription expires.
4 - some versions you only get one key, these are typically the VLK versions, I would stick to just using the retail versions.
5 - total keys is actually near 100 I think, you have the normal 4 editions, then repeat for N/E edition. Of course I expect you wont use anywhere near this amount.

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28 Feb 2010   #52

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chrysalis View Post
5 - total keys is actually near 100 I think, you have the normal 4 editions, then repeat for N/E edition. Of course I expect you wont use anywhere near this amount.
It is 40 keys for 7, the N and K versions for Professional and Ultimate use the Regular keys, while Home Premium has a separate key set for N.

EDIT: I just glanced at mine and it was Vista that had quite a bit N & K & Retail overlapping. There are a total of 91 Windows 7 keys.

70 Retail Keys
Windows 7 Ultimate and Ultimate K
Windows 7 Ultimate N and KN
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium and Home Premium K
Windows 7 Home Premium N and KN
Windows 7 Professional and Professional K
Windows 7 Professional N and KN

20 OEM Keys
Windows 7 Starter and Starter K
Windows 7 Starter N and KN

1 Volume Key
Windows 7 Enterprise, N, K, and KN
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