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Windows 7: Dell W7 Pro Upgrade Kit

08 Dec 2009   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
Dell W7 Pro Upgrade Kit

Looking for a way to save some money, I found a person who is offering these kits, which he claims will work on any PC, is that true? Would this kit differ in what it has versus a copy directly from MS, other than the fact that it is x64 only? Would the key from this kit work to install from my MS DVDs?

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09 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 build 7100 x86

Should be fine, Dell ships two discs for the upgrade; a vanilla windows 7 upgrade and an applications and drivers disc. The upgrade works on any computer, and I can't find any visible Dell branding.
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09 Dec 2009   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

You may be correct, but the ad for this says:

What is contained in the upgrade kit:

1) Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity with Windows 7 Professional Upgrade product key
2) Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit installation DVD

This upgrade kit is from Dell, but WORKS PERFECTLY ON ANY COMPUTER!
One would think that if a second disk for drivers and apps were included, it would have been listed in the contents. If there were any kind of installation problem, would the Dell key work with a MS DVD?

EDIT: I just thought of another aspect...I bet this would install as OEM, thus only be good for one installation.
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01 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


Upgrade kit keys are supposedly locked to the underlying Vista OEM license which can only be used on that hardware.

The Upgrade is OEM version which is never able to be activated on another machine anyway.

Try it to see for yourself. Dell is usually different.
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