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Windows 7: Using Upgrade key on an Retail Install

22 Oct 2009   #11
toughbook

 
 

What happens if you were to mess up with the install. How many times does it allow you to use the upgrade key?


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22 Oct 2009   #12
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

As many times as you need to, so long as you are activating an upgrade and not a full install.

If it ever was to fail activation you just call up Microsoft to get it resolved.
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22 Oct 2009   #13
Disk4mat

Windows 7 Ultimate (x86)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
If it ever was to fail activation you just call up Microsoft to get it resolved.
I would agree with that.

On a similar note I thought I would mention that its also possible using a full install (not upgrade) to install+activate W7 on more than once pc.

I attended the launch event with my brother and we each got Ultimate full. I installed it on my desktop pc, activated then installed it on my laptop. The second install did not activate, so I called the toll free activation phone number and went thru the menu prompts. It asked me to enter the number of pc's I had used this activation number for and I entered 2.

The auomated system then gave me an activation code to enter on the laptop and poof! Both pc's are activated and running.

My brother did the same thing but in reverse order and again it worked.

I was surprised by this because I read on MS's activation page/site that you could only use one key per pc.

Sorry for the long post. But I wanted to share that info
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22 Oct 2009   #14
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Some of the keys given out at official launch events are actually multiple use keys. If I recall they are good for three installs
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22 Oct 2009   #15
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Some of the keys given out at official launch events are actually multiple use keys. If I recall they are good for three installs
Huh....that is interesting to know. Is there any way of knowing without just trying a few different installs and trying to activate them???? I'm only installed on 1 computer and that's all that I plan to use...but it would be interesting to know.
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22 Oct 2009   #16
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Not that I know of other than trawling the net for reports of the launch events - unless there is something in the documentation / packaging they were supplied with
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22 Oct 2009   #17
DJG

 

One of my pre-orders arrived today. I just entered the key in my current RTM install which was set to need a third rearm in three days and it said Thank You. No pain, no fuss. I didn't have to provide any more info, other than activate the Win 7 that I had installed from the RTM image a couple of months ago.

Kind of a non-event after all the speculation ...

Not that I'm complaining.
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22 Oct 2009   #18
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacen View Post
I have purchased 2 retail copies of W7 Pro for 29.99 with my student discount. If you have questions as to how I achieve this go to this thread

Full Retail Version of Pro For Students only 29.99

I now have another computer that I want to put W7 pro on. I am thinking about purchasing an upgrade key and just using the retail version to install so I don't have to reinstall Vista in order to do the upgrade.

Anyways, do you think I could purchase an upgrade key, install with my retail disk without filling out the product key and then activate with the upgrade key?

I think this should work with no problems.
Your Upgrade can clean install. no need to use use the retail. It will work

have fun and remember to back up your data, Just in case

ken
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22 Oct 2009   #19
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DJG View Post
One of my pre-orders arrived today. I just entered the key in my current RTM install which was set to need a third rearm in three days and it said Thank You. No pain, no fuss. I didn't have to provide any more info, other than activate the Win 7 that I had installed from the RTM image a couple of months ago.

Kind of a non-event after all the speculation ...

Not that I'm complaining.
That is the way it should work. 1 you installed with a Retail RTM Version disc, and used no key.. hense you have been rearming.
2. Any time you could have entered a RETAIL KEY for the exact version then clicked Activate.
3. If the KEY agrees with the installation, then it should ACTIVATE.
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22 Oct 2009   #20
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacen View Post
I have purchased 2 retail copies of W7 Pro for 29.99 with my student discount. If you have questions as to how I achieve this go to this thread

Full Retail Version of Pro For Students only 29.99

I now have another computer that I want to put W7 pro on. I am thinking about purchasing an upgrade key and just using the retail version to install so I don't have to reinstall Vista in order to do the upgrade.

Anyways, do you think I could purchase an upgrade key, install with my retail disk without filling out the product key and then activate with the upgrade key?

I think this should work with no problems.
Your Upgrade can clean install. no need to use use the retail. It will work

have fun and remember to back up your data, Just in case

ken
To upgrade inplace and use a UPGRADE KEY, since you have only RETAIL Dics of Win Pro.
1. install but do not use the RETAIL KEY.
when the install is complete and you verify the Install is good but not activated.
2. open the device - close the device. Win7 will read the Disc, and give you the option to 'UPGRADE" click yes, when ask for the KEY insert the "UPGRADE KEY" the upgrade will continue when finished. open again an click ACTIVATE. takes about 2 or 3 min to activate your NOW-upgrade version.
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Anyways, do you think I could purchase an upgrade key, install with my retail disk without filling out the product key and then activate with the upgrade key?
YES, is the answer to your question.
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