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14 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 10 Pro x64

As long as that 2000 or XP install isn't OEM (and thus tied to that other computer), you could indeed use an existing stand-alone 2000 or XP as a qualifying license (you just can't use that 2000 or XP license again legally, as it is also tied to the Win7 machine you installed the Win7 upgrade license on). I'd suggest what others have suggested, buy the upgrade or an OEM copy and do a clean install with one of those, preferably the OEM license - it will save you some money, and you'll have the same Windows 7 install on the other end as you would with a full retail version.

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14 Aug 2010   #12

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darician View Post
The real answer is they wouldn't. And there is technically nothing stopping anyone from doing it. It's more or less a legalese issue than anything else. Officially, I have to say that you must purchase the full version of Windows if you don't own any qualifying versions to upgrade from. Unofficially, what you do is your business.

And the fact is, a lot of people will qualify for upgrades as most people have at least one computer with Windows 2000 or XP.
Does Windows 2k qualify for the use of a Win7 upgrade license? I though that Microsoft eliminated that option.

(I believe that some people pre-ordered Win7 based on some statements on MS web sites that were later changed. MS may have accomodated those people on a one-by-one basis.)
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14 Aug 2010   #13

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1

Since the OP is building a new system and needs to purchase some verision of Win 7 here is the bottom line as i see it. Prices from Newegg for comparison only.
Win HP OEM $99.00
Win HP upgrade $109.00
Win HP Full S 179.00
prices for pro a few bucks more.
I still recommended that the OP go with the OEM.

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14 Aug 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP


The problem with OEM is that it cannot migrate, and there are only spotty reports of MS allowing a change of mobo so this cannot be relied upon.

For $10 more with Upgrade you have the flexibility to migrate your OS to any machine of your choice, as long as qualifying XP/Vista are also retail and not OEM tied to hardware.
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14 Aug 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I've done the change of motherboard with an OEM version of Vista and it went through smoothly. Had to change it because the old one died out on me. Funny story though, with the new one, I went to reinstall Vista on it about a year and a half later and it wouldn't activate at first. But then all of a sudden after using the rearm trick after 30 days twice, somehow during the 3rd month, it just out of the blue allowed me to activate.
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