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Windows 7: Anytime Upgrade from OEM version to full version??

03 Aug 2014   #1
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 
Anytime Upgrade from OEM version to full version??

I have Win 7 64 bit Home, OEM. If I do any anytime upgrade to Win 7 64 bit Pro, does that change the OEM to a full version?

Reason I ask, I may want to change motherboards, to a different brand, and with an OEM I wouldn't be able to reactivate it.


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03 Aug 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't even think you can get a Windows 7 Retail any more.

My understanding you can up grade from Home Premium but you will have to pay for the Up grade to Pro OEM builders.

Their might be other members with a better idea.

I personally don't like upgrades and just buy OEM builders and do a clean install.
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03 Aug 2014   #3
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

The anytime upgrades (and they are still listed on the Microsoft site) are basically the new product key and extra items are either just enabled or downloaded. Its not really a full "upgrade" installation.
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05 Aug 2014   #4
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

As it turns out, I didn't need the upgrade. I replaced my motherboard and had no problems activating the Win 7 OEM. I just clicked on Activate and it immediately activated.
I went from a Gigabyte Z77 Motherboard to an ASRock Z77 motherboard.

Funny thing, the Win 8 Pro install, which is a full version, required a telephone call and reading the activation numbers and getting new ones to activate the Win 8 (dual boot system).

The only problem, I have Microsoft Streets and Trips 2013 and it required re-entering the Product key to activate. Nothing else, such as MS Office required reactivation.
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05 Aug 2014   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Strange things do happen for the good at times.
Those two motherboards surly don't have the same bios.
I'm glad it worked
Happy computing.
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05 Aug 2014   #6
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

They are based on the same chipset - so it's likely that the only thing that triggered the re-activation requests was the MAC address on the network port.
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05 Aug 2014   #7
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Back in the Vista days, I had a PC with an Intel DP35DP motherboard. It failed under warranty and Intel replaced it with another exact same model (and BIOS) board. Microsoft didn't want to activate it and I had to make several calls until I found someone who would. They kept telling me it was not eligible for activation.
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05 Aug 2014   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Strange, perhaps they suspected you were trying to use it on more than one machine. You got it sorted eventually, glad to hear.
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