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Windows 7: OEM DVD and Windows 7 Upgrade License

24 Jun 2011   #11

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the OEM product key is installed PC 1.
the Upgrade key will be installed to PC 2.

two product keys, two PC's.

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24 Jun 2011   #12

Windows 7 Pro-x64

And what will he be Upgrading? PC1?....No. He wants to Upgrade PC2 which will not have a valid operating system.

For sure, you might get past the install of the OEM version again but it will never validate. Its key is already in use. You can't upgrade if the original version hasn't been validated. That's why they call it an upgrade. An OEM key can't be used again except on the same machine. That's why they call it an OEM version.

Retail versions are a different different case. Those you can move from machine to machine as long as it's installed on one machine at a time.
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24 Jun 2011   #13

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

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24 Jun 2011   #14
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Try what alphanumeric said, should work fine. Just use the new key provided for the Student upgrade version.
Did you only buy a key with no install DVD?
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24 Jun 2011   #15

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Normally when my students order, They get the KEY CODE in an email & a download link for the upgrade win7 version. Then for $ 15 extra they can get a DVD mailed to then in 2 weeks if they want the actual DVD.

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24 Jun 2011   #16

Windows 7 Pro-x64

I have never known an upgrade DVD to be capable of loading the entire system but Brink's tutorial, linked by Alphanumeric, says it can. However; it also says doing so is illegal and subject to key invalidation. As does Microsoft's EULA. So, I rest my case and I guess there's two "correct" opinions but one is right and one is wrong. If you want to take that chance, be my guest. I wonder how long it will be before the OP is back here asking why he can't download updates or other MS software; Or, all of sudden his system won't boot?

It's sad that this site would facilitate illegal software and I am distraught that so many of you feel that it's okay.
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24 Jun 2011   #17

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You can clean install with upgrade disk's
Win 95
Win 98
Win 98 se
Win ME
Win 2000
Win XP
Win Vista
Windods 7
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24 Jun 2011   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Carwiz, you have your opinion, of course, but I would have thought that using a loophole that Microsoft know full well exists, is vastly different to using counterfeit software.

If I order a 2-door car to save a bit of money, I'm hardly likely to refuse it if it comes with four doors. If Microsoft want to stamp down on this upgrade loophole, the ball is most definitely in their court.

They are probably just grateful that people have bought genuine software in the first place.
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24 Jun 2011   #19

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

What we have to remember here is that you are not actually purchasing the install media from Microsoft, but the Licence to use the software

As long as you meet the terms of the EULA as to eligibility for use, and if applicable the ownership of a valid upgrade path, how you actually get the software onto the system you will not be in breech of any terms and conditions.

In the above case the OEM licence is installed on a valid new build so meets the Terms of the EULA. The upgrade licence on the Digital River deal is legal as long as the OP owns a qualifying licence, (XP or Vista. Home or Pro as required for the win7 version involved).

in fact the work around for the use of the upgrade disk for a clean install was suggested by Microsoft in the early days of the student offer due to problems with the Digital River package system
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24 Jun 2011   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

That's the whole point, the EULA is very much open to interpretation.

If the way that people use the software doesn't break the licence terms then surely there's no problem.
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