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Windows 7: Windows 7 License Key and custom Install

10 Sep 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I'm not entirely sure as to the upgrade/retail differences in the activation keys but there are differences, maybe you had better make sure it'll work how you are asking before you spend money.


I'll ask someone who will know for sure to look into this thread for a definitive answer.


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10 Sep 2010   #12
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You can upgrade from Vista HP to Windows 7 Professional You may use the upgrade key.
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10 Sep 2010   #13
Tartarus

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I know now the key I tried to use was already used and I cannot use it. I can however buy a disk upgrade copy of Windows 7 Professional 64 bit for cheap which has an unused key. Can I just use this key to activate my now running unactivated Windows 7 Professional 64 bit OS?

It was stated previously that keys work within the same edition and bit type but do they also work between physical retail upgrade versions and full versions of the OS?

I am sorry if this sounds confusing but I dont fully understand the difference between full and upgrade versions of Windows 7, physical copies I mean.
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10 Sep 2010   #14
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

To that question,.
You have a valid Vista HP. You can upgrade to Windows 7 HP.
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10 Sep 2010   #15
Tartarus

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I no longer have my Vista disk so I cannot revert back to it. I have a unactivated Windows 7 Professional 64 bit running on my computer because the key was already used, what I wanted to know and I think it was answered was that if I buy an upgrade disk of the same version can I use its key in my unactivated running version?

Or if I buy an upgrade disk can I do a completely fresh install of it on my system and remove my currently unactivated version of Windows 7?

I am sorry if I seem too persistent but I am very worried about this.
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10 Sep 2010   #16
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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There seems to be a problem with us understanding each other. I would hate to have you spend extra money becuase you misunderstood me. It is best to call Microsoft and then get the name of the person that you spoke to.
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10 Sep 2010   #17
Tartarus

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I dont understand the differance between an upgrade version of Windows 7 and a full version.

I can get a cheap upgrade version of Windows 7 Professional 64 bit which comes with a product key. I have an unactivated Windows 7 Professional 64 bit without a key running on my system. I wanted to know if I could use the key from the cheap upgrade version to activate the currently running unactivated Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.

I am very worried about this and I dont want to spend a lot of money on a full version of Windows 7 if I dont need to.
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10 Sep 2010   #18
gregrocker

 

You have a qualifying OS (Vista) so you qualify for Upgrade version, period.

When you ran or booted the Win7 Pro installer it scanned the HD to see Vista (or any OS) so it passed a flag allowing the use of an Upgrade version key, then or now.

If you had installed Win7 upgrade to a blank HD then you'd have to do a common workaround to get it to take the key, but you still qualify so it doesn't matter. Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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10 Sep 2010   #19
Tartarus

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Ok ill buy the other upgrade copy of Windows Professional and see if the key works, but I still dont fully understand the process.
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10 Sep 2010   #20
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

According to a Microsoft site, don't think this is correct.

Which version of Windows 7 can I upgrade to?

Windows 7 License Key and custom Install-win7-upgrade-path.png


OK, having said that, take a look at this Microsoft site.

Upgrading? Things to consider


Windows 7 License Key and custom Install-win7-upgrade-details.png


So this seems to mean that it's ok.

You can upgrade but, must do a Custom install.


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