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Windows 7: Use Upgrade License key after install of other?

24 May 2010   #1
ewingr

Windows 7
 
 
Use Upgrade License key after install of other?

I upgraded a Vista PC with a license I had already used, with the plan of testing some specific software before deciding to stay with Windows 7 on that particular PC.

I am ready to purchase a license, and I see some in some online shops for 'upgrade from vista'. I didn't realize that type of license was available.

My question is, does anyone see any reason why I couldn't purchase one of those, and just change the KEY from the properties of the computer then register? The existing license I installed with was a full version.


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24 May 2010   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You can try inserting the new key at the activation link at rightclick Computer>Properties,

or click on start, type CMD in search box, rightclick result to Run as Admin, type
slmgr.vbs -ipk <insert your new product key here>
Then to activate windows after changing the key, run slmgr.vbs -ato

If it rejects key then run a Repair Install of Win7 which resets activation and accomplishes the necessary "upgrade" (over itself) to allow use of Upgrade version key.
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24 May 2010   #3
ewingr

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks!
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24 May 2010   #4
CassieFWinTeam

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

In general, be cautious when purchasing a key from an online retailer. There are many scams out there, and you don't want to end up with a faulty key that results in a non-genuine Windows 7. Just remember it is always best to purchase from a reputable retailer or Microsoft Partner, and if something seems too good to be true, it likely is

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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24 May 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CassieFWinTeam View Post
In general, be cautious when purchasing a key from an online retailer. There are many scams out there, and you don't want to end up with a faulty key that results in a non-genuine Windows 7. Just remember it is always best to purchase from a reputable retailer or Microsoft Partner, and if something seems too good to be true, it likely is

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
This is such good advice. I would not try to save money online with this type of product. I have been at the fourm for a while and I have seen more than a handful of happy scam victims, please, do not become one of them.
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24 May 2010   #6
ewingr

Windows 7
 
 

The advice re: purchasing is good. I never purchase from online companies that I cannot research from at least 2-3 different sources for reviews of the reseller. And unless it is well known to be good, for example New Egg, I don't purchase if there is no phone number to call.

That being said, after the initial responses about using the license above, I have made my first time purchase from a site this morning, which did meet my criteria above. I don't do that often. We'll see if I get burned.

Wish me luck
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24 May 2010   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

The best mainstream price for Home Premium Upgrade I'm finding is $105 US.

Anyone find better in mainstream?
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24 May 2010   #8
ewingr

Windows 7
 
 

I've beat that by a little bit for a Professional Upgrade, not full license. But it remains to be seen if I get burned or not.
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24 May 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ewingr View Post
The advice re: purchasing is good. I never purchase from online companies that I cannot research from at least 2-3 different sources for reviews of the reseller. And unless it is well known to be good, for example New Egg, I don't purchase if there is no phone number to call.

That being said, after the initial responses about using the license above, I have made my first time purchase from a site this morning, which did meet my criteria above. I don't do that often. We'll see if I get burned.

Wish me luck
I know the members of the forum and all that see your thread do wish you luck.
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24 May 2010   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Perhaps you can post a link to the Win7 you bought so we can have a look.
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