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Windows 7: Software which to check Product Key with Windows CD

10 Mar 2011   #11

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Music46 View Post
So I guess OEM Disc will ONLY work with a OEM COA?

And a Retail version of Windows 7 will only work with a retail version of COA?
ALL Windows 7 disks are identical, get hold of any disk (except factory restore disks) and use any key. If you get an upgrade disk, you can still do a clean install with a workaround.
Thanks

So I guess a Windows 7 Basic disc will cover 32 and 64bit version of Pro, and Ultimate.

What it be the same for Windows Xp and Vista? Or do they need to be specific?

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10 Mar 2011   #12

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

No no no. See, Windows 7 product keys are edition specific but not architecture specific. That means the home basic key can only be used to activate a home basic install (both 32 bit and 64 bit) but it cant activate any other edition.

Windows 7 disks are generic so they contain all edition images though these may need to be unlocked. But a single pre-manufactured disk wil only contain either 32 bit or 64 bit.

Dude listen, dont get into the technicalities. As I had advised earlier, find a generic Windows 7 disk on the net or from a friend, install the edition that is written on the sticker, then activate with the sticker key.
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10 Mar 2011   #13

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
No no no. See, Windows 7 product keys are edition specific but not architecture specific. That means the home basic key can only be used to activate a home basic install (both 32 bit and 64 bit) but it cant activate any other edition.

Windows 7 disks are generic so they contain all edition images though these may need to be unlocked. But a single pre-manufactured disk wil only contain either 32 bit or 64 bit.

Dude listen, dont get into the technicalities. As I had advised earlier, find a generic Windows 7 disk on the net or from a friend, install the edition that is written on the sticker, then activate with the sticker key.
Ok...

Thanks

Sorry to be a pain Bill, but is it the same for Vista and XP?
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10 Mar 2011   #14
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

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10 Mar 2011   #15
Microsoft MVP

 

It is the same as described for Vista, but not for XP which requires specific installer for OEM or retail of each version.

With Vista you do not need to unlock all versions as you do with Windows 7 by using this method.
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11 Mar 2011   #16

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Thanks guys.

I was up all night installing the 3 Machines with Windows 7. Problem Solved.
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11 Mar 2011   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

There is some free software out there that will allow you to view your Windows "Product Keys" if you lose them and need them. I tested it and it works fine.

ProduKey
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