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Windows 7: Will english activation code work with Spanish OS?

08 May 2010   #1
RegiKing

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 
Will english activation code work with Spanish OS?

Hi, I just bought this new laptop that came preintalled with win 7 home premium in spanish (bought it in Mexico) and I want to upgrade to professional. my concern is I have the activaion code for professional in english and I want to do a clean and smooth update without needing to format anything. So with the english activation code will I be able to activate spanish win 7 professional? Thanks


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08 May 2010   #2
theog

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08 May 2010   #3
RegiKing

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

I think I was misunderstood.

What I am asking is if I am able to activate Spanish Windows 7 with an english activation code.
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08 May 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I want to do a clean and smooth update without needing to format anything
In my experience there is no such thing. I always ended up in a mess. I suggest you make a clean install with your professional key - a much neater way and probably a lot less work than debugging the upgrade.
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08 May 2010   #5
gregrocker

 

I believe keys are language-specific, unless you buy Ultimate and get the language packs.

The guy who will know for sure is Kari. I asked him to look at this.
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08 May 2010   #6
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

I don't think that product keys are language-specific, rather they are version-specific (i.e. Professional, Ultimate, Starter, etc)..
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08 May 2010   #7
madmansam

win7 ultimate 32 , 64 ,XP
 
 
Totally agree

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I believe keys are language-specific, unless you buy Ultimate and get the language packs.

The guy who will know for sure is Kari. I asked him to look at this.
I totally agree with you .. the ultimate key is for all languages as it has the languages pack..
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08 May 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Spanish and English are part of the 5 language pack which also has French, German and Japanese. The key should be the same. But then again we do not really know what an OEM would install.
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08 May 2010   #9
Everlong

 

Well I've used an English UK Professional Key on a copy of French Profession for my girlfriend, she borrowed the disk off her Sister's boyfriend and I got a key off MSDN for her and it activated fine with no problems, but I dunno if MSDN keys are language specific.
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08 May 2010   #10
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RegiKing View Post
Hi, I just bought this new laptop that came preintalled with win 7 home premium in spanish (bought it in Mexico) and I want to upgrade to professional. my concern is I have the activaion code for professional in english and I want to do a clean and smooth update without needing to format anything. So with the english activation code will I be able to activate spanish win 7 professional? Thanks
The retail and OEM Windows 7 activation keys are both version and language specific. You can use your English key only to activate an English version of Windows 7.

I have Finnish, English and German versions of Windows 7. To test if this information is correct, I have tried all variations with these three language versions. It's a no go.

An exception: I know for sure that a code from different language version has worked when activated by phone, when the circumstances were explained on the phone to MS tech support. You could try, at least, but I do not guarantee anything. As I mentioned, the principle is that a key is version and language specific.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
I don't think that product keys are language-specific, rather they are version-specific (i.e. Professional, Ultimate, Starter, etc)..
Even if you ask TechNet and / or MVP's, you get different answers from different sources. The answer I have got, phoning MS Tech Support, was that a full Windows 7 version name contains both edition (Starter, Home B or P, Pro, Ultimate, Enterprise) and language (EN, ES, DE, FR etc.), so the full version name is for instance Windows 7 Professional EN.

Because the key is version specific, it have to match the full version name i.e. both edition and language.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Well I've used an English UK Professional Key on a copy of French Profession for my girlfriend, she borrowed the disk off her Sister's boyfriend and I got a key off MSDN for her and it activated fine with no problems, but I dunno if MSDN keys are language specific.
TechNet / MSDN codes are not language dependant. Me too, I have used an English TechNet code to activate German Windows 7.

Kari
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