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Windows 7: I thought I understood Windows licensing, but this has me a bit stuck

16 Apr 2011   #21

Windows 7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
+1. The EULA only requires you not use the qualifying OS while it is qualifying for Upgrade version, which I'm sure would come as news to most of the Dual Booters we help here.
Well as far as dual booting.
When you have a dual boot system and you have a upgrade version of 7 installed as one boot option and XP installed as the other dual boot option which is the OS you used as the upgrade path I don't see a brake of the EULA. When you are in/booting 7 the XP version that you used as a upgrade path is not being used.
When you boot back into XP the upgrade 7 version is not being used.
So you are not using both OSs at the same time.

That seems very simple to me.
If I bought and installed a upgrade version of 7 and loaded it on my computer that was running XP then I decided that I didn't like 7 and reinstalled XP and did not use 7 on any other PC that is in no way breaking the EULA. It is the same with a dual boot system.
There is no reason I can't switch back and forth as I choose. They are not being used at the same time. And this goes for building a new system as well. I have 3 license for XP Pro, 2 upgrades and one OEM. The upgrades are qualitified by 3 98SE upgrade licenses licensed from 3 full version licenses of Win 3.11, 2 NT4 full licenses and 3 Win 2000 full licenses. Which ever one of those qualifying previous version I use as a upgrade path does not matter when installing XP.
Now I buy Win 7 and as far as know and read 7 Pro upgrade can use any of those previous licenses as a upgrade path.

If anyone thinks you have to throw the Baby out with the bath water, throw out your old licenses when taking a system out of service (and that includes MS), they are sorely mistaken. Those licenses are good for eternity.

As for the OEM versions. I look at it the same way. As long as that license is not being used on any system it is good for a upgrade path.

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