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Windows 7: Transfer Win7 Upgrade License?


24 Jun 2011   #1
bgwin7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Transfer Win7 Upgrade License?

I upgrade my Vista OEM laptop a few months back to Windows 7 Home Premium using Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade edition, and would like to know if its possible to transfer that upgrade to my WinXP OEM desktop? Does the OEM editions of Windows affect the ability for a license transfer?


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24 Jun 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

1) Reinstall your Notebook with Vista, first
2) Install upgrade to desktop.


Did you make your Recovery disk for the notebook?
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24 Jun 2011   #3
bgwin7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for your quick reply.
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24 Jun 2011   #4
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

Depending on how strict Microsoft are with the EULA of the upgrade it may not be legal within the EULA to transfer the licence in this case.

The problem is that the upgrade takes on the EULA of the upgraded install and therefore in this case would be an OEM copy of win7 which is not transferable.

It is likely that the new install will fail automatic validation and will need to be manually validated by a Microsoft Agent. They may or may not allow this upgrade.

If the cause of this upgrade was a major hardware failure then it is more likely that the transfer would be allowed, but a basic change of mind is not certain to be accepted
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24 Jun 2011   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Vista & Win XP are the OEM's. Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade edition would be Retail.
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24 Jun 2011   #6
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Vista & Win XP are the OEM's. Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade edition would be Retail.
This is where the problem arises ...

When using the retail upgrade on the original Vista OEM system the licence of the upgrade took on the restrictions of the original vista licence, this in effect makes the win7 install into win7 Home Premium OEM, which would not be transferable to the XP system.

this is one of a few parts of the Upgrade system which is open to interpretation and I'm not sure how Microsoft would treat this
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24 Jun 2011   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Once you have Upgraded with a upgrade key, all support from OEM is lost.
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24 Jun 2011   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you upgrade from Vista OEM & Win XP OEM to Windows 7 all driver support should come from Microrsoft.Which is the biggest problem.
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24 Jun 2011   #9
bgwin7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

My parents are using the desktop with Windows XP and I thought it would be of good use to upgrade it to Windows 7 since I'm buying a new laptop. They would never spend the money to buy Windows 7. I've tried explaining to them that WinXP is far old and Microsoft is really no longer supporting it as seen with the new IE9.

I guess I'm going to have to contact Microsoft?
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24 Jun 2011   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You can migrate full or upgrade version retail Win7 to any computer of your choice, as long as it isn't retail OEM version and there is a qualifying XP or Vista OEM or retail license underlying - though it doesn't have to be installed. Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Best to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor now to see if any issues are flagged.

The WIn7 installer is driver complete with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for the model Device or computer.

You might want to start with a Dual Boot to compare the OS's and more gradually migrate from XP to Win7. Since Win7 will configure the Dual Boot menu when installed on it's own partition (created by shrinking XP partition) this is very little trouble to install although we will have to help you later if you want to remove XP. Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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