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Windows 7: Activating Windows 7 N with a regular (non-N) key

01 Jul 2014   #1
Speedbird737

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Activating Windows 7 N with a regular (non-N) key

Hello,

I was wondering if it's possible to activate an N-edition of Windows 7 (e.g Windows 7 Home Premium N) with a non-N (e.g Windows 7 Home Premium) product key?

Thanks in advance.


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01 Jul 2014   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums.

I don't think it's possible, the non-N key is generally for activation in the US while the N versions are for Europe. You can give it a try though, nothing lost.
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01 Jul 2014   #3
Speedbird737

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

My computer came with Windows 7 OEM licence and I'm in Europe. I have reinstalled Windows several times (using non-N media) and it has always successfully activated. I have to reinstall again pretty soon, I might give it a try.
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01 Jul 2014   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Let us know how it works for you.
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01 Jul 2014   #5
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

It won't work.
It's not the location that matters, but the Key itself is locked to only one version.

You can download whichever version you are likely to want from the links at this site...

http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft
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01 Jul 2014   #6
Speedbird737

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks.
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01 Jul 2014   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
It won't work.
It's not the location that matters, but the Key itself is locked to only one version.

You can download whichever version you are likely to want from the links at this site...

http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft
Will the non-N key activate in Europe then with a proper ISO?
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01 Jul 2014   #8
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Definitely! Very few people in Europe actually use N which is the full edition without IE. About the onlpeople who do are corporations because they can limit access to those who need it :-)
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01 Jul 2014   #9
Speedbird737

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
It won't work.
It's not the location that matters, but the Key itself is locked to only one version.

You can download whichever version you are likely to want from the links at this site...

http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft
Will the non-N key activate in Europe then with a proper ISO?
Yes, it will.
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01 Jul 2014   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Okay, thanks guys.
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