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Windows 7: 1 upgrade DVD and 2 serials

04 Nov 2009   #1
miche

Windows: 7-Vista, Linux: Ubuntu-Sabayon
 
 
1 upgrade DVD and 2 serials

Hi all, happy to join the crew.

I have a simple question:
I've just upgraded my Vista HP to 7 PRO (which I like btw...it's snappy this baby) with the student offer ($30 dial).

I have a "mac-guy" friend who kindly gave up his chance to upgrade (he's simply not into MS).

So, what I planned to do is to use my DVD (PRO edition) to install 7 on another pc and use the new serial to activate it (this is legal, right? I'm not doing anything illegal, am I?).

Does the DVD contain the same source and can be used to install (as long as I insert a different serial to activate it) or there is some kind of impedimentent in doing so? (DVD-serial specific).
Again, they are both PRO edition.

If I can't do that I have to pass through the downloading/burning process again....so, that's why I'm asking.

Cheers,
m


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04 Nov 2009   #2
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Yes, you can do it. The media is the same anyways, only the key is different.
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04 Nov 2009   #3
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

miche, welcome to the forums
where is "the other" serial coming from?
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04 Nov 2009   #4
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

hi wally,

it seems like a friend gave it to him.
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04 Nov 2009   #5
miche

Windows: 7-Vista, Linux: Ubuntu-Sabayon
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
hi wally,

it seems like a friend gave it to him.
yep....as I said, this friend doesn't care about MS stuff (he's into Mac) so I asked him to buy a copy for me...that's pretty much it (I'd like to point out that this is a friend of mine so he didn't earn a dime during the process..well, I bought him lunch today but I wouldn't really call it "making money out of it"...would you? )

That's why my concern about the legality of it. I mean, we are both students...does that really matter from a company's (MS) standing point? I will be running them on different machines anyway.

Cheers guys,
m
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04 Nov 2009   #6
gregrocker

 

If you have a second legal key then there is no issue here. Just install the Pro and insert the key when prompted.

You may need a previous qualifying OS on there for it to take an Upgrade key, but if you have Vista or XP on there then you can even boot from the Installer to get a cleaner formatted install.
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04 Nov 2009   #7
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Tks. And the key is version unique, you need to install 7 Pro to use the Pro key
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04 Nov 2009   #8
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Tks. And the key is version unique, you need to install 7 Pro to use the Pro key


The installer is the same for all versions, but it takes deleting the ei.cfg file in Sources folder to show all versions, in case you want to bypass inserting key upfront and activate later.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe inserting the key will then select the version that is installed.
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04 Nov 2009   #9
Snufffed

 

Quote:
Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe inserting the key will then select the vesion that is installed
NO, you select the correct version then insert the KEY for it ....

Quote:
The installer is the same for all versions, but it takes deleting the ei.cfg file in Sources folder to show all versions, in case you want to bypass inserting key upfront and activate later.
Why are you constantly telling ppl to HACK-modify there DVD.
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04 Nov 2009   #10
miche

Windows: 7-Vista, Linux: Ubuntu-Sabayon
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Tks. And the key is version unique, you need to install 7 Pro to use the Pro key


The installer is the same for all versions, but it takes deleting the ei.cfg file in Sources folder to show all versions, in case you want to bypass inserting key upfront and activate later.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe inserting the key will then select the vesion that is installed.
I wasn't aware about the ei.cfg hack...but no, at least from the upgrade DVD, it detects the version even if you activate it later. When I installed it last time, I didn't activate it and it went straight to Win PRO (don't quote me on this one though...maybe it was just my case).

Thank y'all

Cheers,
m
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