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Windows 7: Are Windows Product Keys limited by language

10 Oct 2009   #1
novacatz

Windows
 
 
Are Windows Product Keys limited by language

Would this work - I buy an English copy of Win7 HP and then use the product key to activate a Chinese (TW) copy of Win7 HP?

As I understand one product key works for both 32 and 64 bit editions and I am wondering if the same applies to the language.


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10 Oct 2009   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Good question.. as far as I know it does not...
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10 Oct 2009   #3
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

I would have thought you can
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10 Oct 2009   #4
QuackPot

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I think a product key is a product key as you choose you language before entering the key anyway.
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10 Oct 2009   #5
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by QuackPot View Post
I think a product key is a product key as you choose you language before entering the key anyway.
I think so too. Like if you go to Technet for example, and get a new key, you're not asked for which language. So I think yes, a HP key will work no matter what language
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10 Oct 2009   #6
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

Slightly OT but when I was working in Holland I bought a copy of Vista Home Basic (this was a while ago before I knew better or had heard of technet etc).

After installing this (the Dutch Version) I got an English upgrade to Home premium. The upgrade failed saying that I could only Upgrade to the same Language (not from NL==>ENG).

Didn't matter in the long run as I tossed Vista off tne machine and went back to XP at that period.

So Upgrade issues aren't always as straightforward as they might appear to be.

For W7 Ultimate I think you can chose the language on install anyway so its a moot point if you are using ultimate.
For the others I don't know.

Cheers
jimbo
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10 Oct 2009   #7
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

The keys should be language independent, the upgrade disks are not, are the basic rules I work with.

Saying this as Windows 7 is not actually released yet and no one except Microsoft and the OEM's have seen the upgrade build yet we will have to wait a few weeks.

I would not personally assume that anything with the Upgrade system of Windows 7 will work as past upgrades.

All indications are that Microsoft are closing loopholes in this particular area as a particular priority
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10 Oct 2009   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

HI All

There was talk about MS doing this a few years ago.

Wait & see.
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