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Windows 7: win7 retail (upgrade) key question

27 Oct 2009   #1
mckillwashere

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win7 retail (upgrade) key question

I was just consulted on by a teacher who had a student that purchased Win7 and just received it in the mail. It was an upgrade, he couldn't find a product key. He was wondering if your current os's product key doubled as your 7 key. I would assume it wouldn't, and he just over looked Microsoft's master of disguise product keys.


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27 Oct 2009   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

It is on the back of a card insert in the case.
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27 Oct 2009   #3
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

I don't like the fact that you can buy an Upgrade OS and install it as a standalone.

What's the difference between that and the actual full W7?
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27 Oct 2009   #4
gregrocker
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
I don't like the fact that you can buy an Upgrade OS and install it as a standalone.

What's the difference between that and the actual full W7?
None except for the EULA. And a workaround to install it to clean HDD.
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27 Oct 2009   #5
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Okay thank you for your reply's. Ill let him know and hope he didn't throw it away already.
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27 Oct 2009   #6
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
I don't like the fact that you can buy an Upgrade OS and install it as a standalone.

What's the difference between that and the actual full W7?
None except for the EULA. And a workaround to install it to clean HDD.
And the cost?
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27 Oct 2009   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
I don't like the fact that you can buy an Upgrade OS and install it as a standalone.

What's the difference between that and the actual full W7?
None except for the EULA. And a workaround to install it to clean HDD.
And the cost?
Exactly. I think MS is just glad that people are buying anything from them in this environment and are letting people willing to do the work have a little break.

Plus, the old Vista "upgrade over upgrade" workaround continues to work because the second Upgrade meets the criteria of having an underlying OS and a valid key.
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27 Oct 2009   #8
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

So is it cheaper or more expensive to buy the Upgrade version? You haven't asnwered the question.
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27 Oct 2009   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
So is it cheaper or more expensive to buy the Upgrade version? You haven't asnwered the question.

Newegg.com - Windows 7 Products
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27 Oct 2009   #10
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

oook..so it makes no sense to pay more for 'full version' if there is no difference between the two?


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