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Windows 7: Win 7 Key Not Required for Upgrades?

12 Dec 2009   #1

Windows XP
Win 7 Key Not Required for Upgrades?

I've done a lot of Windows 7 upgrades for people and I've noticed that I've never had to enter any kind of key when upgrading a properly activated copy of Vista, I think even during clean installs...

Does it activate automatically or is it just a matter of it waiting a week before yelling at you about it?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Hello, Welcome!

It gives you 30 days before it starts shutting down. You will get notifications every day or so until then.

Hope this helps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2009   #3

Windows XP

Ahh, I figured.

So I guess no chance the key is anywhere on the disc, huh? I've got a legal copy of Windows 7 Ultimate I purchased, but the sleeve with the key has gone missing. I'm more than a little distraught...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP


If you are skipping the key when installing Win7, it needs to be activated at Computer>Properties using the product key.

Call MS to learn what your options are for a lost key. There may be a S/N on the package that allows them to retrieve the key for you.
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