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Windows 7: Is it legit?

17 Mar 2010   #11
prroots

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Tews is correct as of Vista; however, the Windows 7 license changed a bit.

It is now illegal to use an OEM key unless you are planning on selling the machine to someone else.

If you are doing a clean install on a fresh-built computer without any OS on it, you should buy the full retail version.

If you have a previous qualifying OS (basically any Windows), you can use the Upgrade license.

It is possible to do a clean install with an upgrade version: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Interesting. Thanks

Any hints on where to get the best deal?
Pete


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17 Mar 2010   #12
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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17 Mar 2010   #13
prroots

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

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Thanks. This is a lot cheaper for $70. Why wouldn't I go that route:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Anytime Upgrade from Home Premium - Operating Systems
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17 Mar 2010   #14
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Their were a lot of keys for sale on ebay but "somebody" brought it to Ebays atttention, and the items were removed. So the legitmate ways offered here are the best way to go. Fabe
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17 Mar 2010   #15
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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Thanks. This is a lot cheaper for $70. Why wouldn't I go that route:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Anytime Upgrade from Home Premium - Operating Systems
I don't know what the licensing is for Anytime keys. Is it legal to use them to upgrade from any other edition or Windows version?

Put it this way: if you post here saying you did so, I will not flag you for piracy. At the same time, I can't endorse it because I have no idea if it's legal or not.
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17 Mar 2010   #16
prroots

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prroots View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Thanks. This is a lot cheaper for $70. Why wouldn't I go that route:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Anytime Upgrade from Home Premium - Operating Systems
I don't know what the licensing is for Anytime keys. Is it legal to use them to upgrade from any other edition or Windows version?

Put it this way: if you post here saying you did so, I will not flag you for piracy. At the same time, I can't endorse it because I have no idea if it's legal or not.
I was assuming that anything for sale on a legitimate site like NewEgg.com would be OK. I am not interested for myself, but I have friends who are interested in upgrading from Vista Home Premium. I don't want to mislead them; hence my inquiry. As an aside, there seems to be a lot of uncertainties regarding this issue.
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17 Mar 2010   #17
Guntmeister

Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

The Anytime Upgrade is to upgrade Win7 Home Edition to Win 7 Pro. This will not work to upgrade from Vista or XP. You must have 7 Home already installed.

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Pros: Much easier than most upgrades. No disc. Just type code into the Anytime Upgrade utility which is built into Windows 7. Takes about 10 minutes.
Cons: Requires an Internet connection to download the update.
Other Thoughts: Many deals on PC's come with the Win7 home edition. This is a inexpensive and simple way to get pro. Among other things, Pro gives you domain connectivity, RDS and XP model.
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