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Windows 7: Am I going to lose my vista cd key after upgrading?

18 Dec 2009   #1
top secret

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Am I going to lose my vista cd key after upgrading?

Hi...

Am I going to lose my vista CD key after upgrading to windows 7 because I heard from many people that I will not be able to use my vista CD key in case I wanted to return to windows vista?


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18 Dec 2009   #2
5tr34k

xp, win7
 
 

im pretty sure if you keep your cd key on hand somewhere that you can still use it to reinstall vista again. not 100% sure, but pretty positive.
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18 Dec 2009   #3
top secret

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

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im pretty sure if you keep your cd key on hand somewhere that you can still use it to reinstall vista again. not 100% sure, but pretty positive.
of course I will keep it in a safe place, but in case I wanted to uninstall win 7 and re-install vista, is it going to work again??
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18 Dec 2009   #4
richc46

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by top secret View Post
Hi...

Am I going to lose my vista CD key after upgrading to windows 7 because I heard from many people that I will not be able to use my vista CD key in case I wanted to return to windows vista?
If you use an upgrade key, you are not allowed to return to Vista.
If you use the full version, you can return to Vista.

You are buying the cheaper upgrade version, and that is what it means. You have upgraded, you no longer have rights to the prior OS.
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18 Dec 2009   #5
top secret

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by top secret View Post
Hi...

Am I going to lose my vista CD key after upgrading to windows 7 because I heard from many people that I will not be able to use my vista CD key in case I wanted to return to windows vista?
If you use an upgrade key, you are not allowed to return to Vista.
If you use the full version, you can return to Vista.

You are buying the cheaper upgrade version, and that is what it means. You have upgraded, you no longer have rights to the prior OS.
I am sorry, but I still can not get it...

I have Win 7 CD with the key; how can I know if this key is an upgrade key or not?
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18 Dec 2009   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by top secret View Post
Hi...

Am I going to lose my vista CD key after upgrading to windows 7 because I heard from many people that I will not be able to use my vista CD key in case I wanted to return to windows vista?
TS

If you do an upgrade the vista key will be deactivated. Should you wish to go back a phone call to MS will be nec.

Ken J+
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18 Dec 2009   #7
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

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I am sorry, but I still can not get it...

I have Win 7 CD with the key; how can I know if this key is an upgrade key or not?
Top Secret, what does your Win7 DVD says, is it an upgrade DVD
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18 Dec 2009   #8
top secret

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by top secret View Post
I am sorry, but I still can not get it...

I have Win 7 CD with the key; how can I know if this key is an upgrade key or not?
Top Secret, what does your Win7 DVD says, is it an upgrade DVD
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or Full version?
Attachment 42493

Full version... but there is an upgrade option or custom option when I want to install Win 7
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18 Dec 2009   #9
richc46

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by top secret View Post
I am sorry, but I still can not get it...

I have Win 7 CD with the key; how can I know if this key is an upgrade key or not?
Top Secret, what does your Win7 DVD says, is it an upgrade DVD
Attachment 42492

or Full version?
Attachment 42493

Full version... but there is an upgrade option or custom option when I want to install Win 7
All CDs are the same the key determines what you can do.
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18 Dec 2009   #10
top secret

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

okay to make sure...

my key is inside the full version DVD and I can use the upgrade option and I will not lose my Vista key

is that right?

sorry for repeating the same question again and again, but I want to be sure before doing anything that might cause to loose my vista key
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