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Windows 7: Upgrading to a new computer, moving 7 license


25 Oct 2009   #1

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Upgrading to a new computer, moving 7 license

I bought the family 3-pack of upgrade licenses. Suppose I upgrade 3 machines in my house to Windows 7, and then at some point down the road, buy a new computer to replace one of my household machines. Will I be able to "move" one of these 3 licenses to the new machine?

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25 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by coorsleftfield View Post
I bought the family 3-pack of upgrade licenses. Suppose I upgrade 3 machines in my house to Windows 7, and then at some point down the road, buy a new computer to replace one of my household machines. Will I be able to "move" one of these 3 licenses to the new machine?
You should be able to, the keys are not a one time activation kind of thing and they are not bound to the first machine they are activated on.
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25 Oct 2009   #3
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Well according to the EULA, the Upgrade is tied to XP/Vista and therefore the machine if it is upgrading an OEM XP/Vista

OR

to the XP/Vista if it is upgrading a retail version, meaning both can migrate to new machines.

But according to Technet there is no way they know if you use the Upgrade on another machine as long as it is only one at a time. But if an issue comes up during activation that elevates to a telephone person, the EULA could rule if they care to dig into which Vista/XP you are using to upgrade: OEM (locked to machine) or retail (portable can migrate).
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25 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Well according to the EULA, the Upgrade is tied to the machine if it is upgrading an OEM XP/Vista, OR to the XP/Vista if it is upgrading a retail version, meaning both can migrate to new machines.

But according to Technet there is no way they know if you use the Upgrade on another machine as long as it is only one at a time. But if an issue comes up during activation that elevates to a telephone person, the EULA could rule if they care to dig into which Vista/XP you are using to upgrade: OEM (locked to machine) or retail (portable can migrate).
Interesting. I've never sat down and took the time to read the EULA so I wouldn't have known this, I just go from what I know what can and cannot be done. (Obviously I'm not always right though )
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25 Oct 2009   #5
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGamer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Well according to the EULA, the Upgrade is tied to the machine if it is upgrading an OEM XP/Vista, OR to the XP/Vista if it is upgrading a retail version, meaning both can migrate to new machines.

But according to Technet there is no way they know if you use the Upgrade on another machine as long as it is only one at a time. But if an issue comes up during activation that elevates to a telephone person, the EULA could rule if they care to dig into which Vista/XP you are using to upgrade: OEM (locked to machine) or retail (portable can migrate).
Interesting. I've never sat down and took the time to read the EULA so I wouldn't have known this, I just go from what I know what can and cannot be done. (Obviously I'm not always right though )
I only found this out trying to get an MVP on MS Technet Install forums to tell me in advance what could and couldn't be done with Upgrade media. They were wrong about almost everything that actually can be done now that we have the disks, although I got a thorough education in the EULA.

Funny, checking back in there these same MVP's are "shocked, shocked" about how the Upgrades are now functionally the same as Retail, citing the EULA and threatening that it may eventually win out with WGA issues. One MVP moderator keeps insisting that it is "best not discussed."
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25 Oct 2009   #6

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi all
getting this thread back on track.

1) Product must be a FULL RETAIL version - not an OEM pre-installed one and usually trhese days you rarely get a Windows 7 install disk in any case on store bought PC's -- it's that HORRIBLE "factory Restore" thing usually with a hidden partition.

2) Activate by PHONE. MS is usually very sympathetic to these type of activations -- I've never had any problems with this.

3) You'll be passed to an Automated re-activation service if you pass the few questions they ask like Is Windows 7 installed on more than one machine, is it a full copy etc.

4) they'll give you a great big long string of digits to enter so TAKE CARE as if you make a mistake you'll be up that well known street "without a paddle".

5) If they need more info you'll bypass the automated service and be passed to a technician.
This could happen for example if nr of activations on different machines is excessive etc. but you can still explain it for example you were trying out 5 or 6 motherboards for the best optimum configuration (although in these cases I wouldn't activate until I've tested the stuff out), or your network was so infested with viruses you got new machines etc etc.

Usually unless you are obviously trying to run a single copy of Windows on a lot of machines there's no problem with phone re-activations.



Cheers
jimbo
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25 Oct 2009   #7

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

If you re-install the original, or other, OS back onto the old computer, then the Windows 7 upgrade isn't being used anymore.

Then you can use it again on your new computer.

I've read this on several sites including MS and TechNet. There are always dissenting opinions, but I believe MS would grant this if asked by phone.
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25 Oct 2009   #8

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi Dave
No probs if you re-install on the SAME machine - I've even changed a processor without the activation being triggered. Even if the activation IS triggered it usually re-activates without a problem.

I think the OP was wanting info about changing the COMPUTER. In this case the advice I gave above is applicable.

I haven't experienced any problem at all with MS on the rare occasions I've had to activate windows by phone.

Cheers

jimbo.
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25 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi Dave
No probs if you re-install on the SAME machine - I've even changed a processor without the activation being triggered. Even if the activation IS triggered it usually re-activates without a problem.
Actually the Windows activation is triggered if the changes on the computer gets pass a particular threshold - If i'm not mistaken its around 60%. (i.e. the processor i think is around 30-35% the motherboard is 80%)

so as long as the changes / modification does not go passed that it wont trigger the activation - ergo if you replace the whole PC then you would have to call for activation
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02 Dec 2009   #10

 
 

It is possible to just use slmgr -upk and slmgr -ipk? If so, will I still be able to use the same product key? Can I reactivate over the internet this way?

I guess what I am understanding is that when you activate Windows, it sets a flag on MS servers to not let that key be activated again. So, if I use slmgr -upk it will reset that flag on MS servers so when I go to new machine, I can install OS and activate through internet. Is this correct?

Thanks,

Parallon
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