Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Using Upgrade Media and OEM Key

03 Jun 2010   #1

Win 7 - XP Pro - Various Linux Flavors
Using Upgrade Media and OEM Key

I searched high and low (or so I think) for this answer already.

I've seen plenty already about performing clean installs using upgrade media, but I'm not sure it applies to my upcoming question:

I'm looking to buy a PC of which the HDD has been wiped. The product key is fixed to the case (I'm assuming it's an OEM key coming from either Dell or ASUS) but the purchase of this PC does not include OS media.

I currently have WIN 7 Upgrade media that I used for another PC that had Vista. Can I use the Upgrade Media to do the install and then use the product key on the case of the PC I want to purchase? Or does upgrade media require the use of a "upgrade" key?

I hope I'm being clear enough with my question.

Thank you in advance for any help that any of you can provide.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

03 Jun 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


Yes, you can use a retail Windows 7 installer to reinstall factory OEM Windows 7, then activate using the Product Key on COA sticker on machine.

All Windows 7 installers are the same, with some versions hidden. It is the Product Key which determines which version and whether OEM, upgrade or full retail will be allowed and activate.

If you need to unlock all versions in the installer, use this tool: Ei.cfg Removal Utility Lets You Use Any Product Key With Your Windows 7 Disc
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Using Upgrade Media and OEM Key

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads for2: Using Upgrade Media and OEM Key
Thread Forum
Clean install with Windows 8 Pro upgrade media Installation & Setup
Got customer's Win7 Upgrade Key; have no install media! Installation & Setup
Can you install OEM with Upgrade DVD Media? Installation & Setup
Reinstallation from Upgrade Media Installation & Setup
I have my Toshiba laptop Windows7 Upgrade Media! General Discussion
Reinstalling Windows 7 with Upgrade Media Installation & Setup
Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media News

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:43 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33