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Windows 7: Windows License Summary (Quick Comparison Chart)

01 Apr 2014   #1
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 
Windows License Summary (Quick Comparison Chart)

Hi guys,

I have found this handy comparison table for the most common types of Windows Licenses.

Source: What Microsoft won't tell you about Windows 7 licensing | ZDNet

Hope it helps.


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01 Apr 2014   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Thanks for posting that :-)

Bookmarked.
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01 Apr 2014   #3
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Shame it's not factually accurate

Both OEM licenses are valid for both bitnesses, so long as proper installation media are used
It's simply that the media are only provided for one bitness, rather than both, as in Retail products.

I suspect that the chart's creators will wriggle out of that using the word 'Switch'

Anytime Upgrade licenses are also valid for both bitnesses - and/but require the appropriate bitness qualifying OS to be installed and activated/validated before it can upgrade the system

OEM Licenses require clean installation (they don't just allow it).

Retail Upgrade licenses can be clean installed(with a bit of fiddling), and as far as I am aware, they don't require telephone activation.


ALL Windows Licenses require Activation - it's just that it's not visible in the case of OEM_SLP Keys (until something goes wrong), and there is the alternative of KMS Activation for Volume Licensing editions (Pro and Enterprise).
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02 Apr 2014   #4
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Thanks Noel.

Maybe the well-experienced members and 7eterans of this forum can create a more accurate comparison chart. I like the layout of their table though.
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02 Apr 2014   #5
NoelDP

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There are a lot of 'if's' and 'but's' around the subject - I've never seen a full rundown yet, although I've attempted to make a few myself.
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