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Windows 7: Is A Retail Upgrade Disc Tied to One Computer?

28 Apr 2017   #1
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 
Is A Retail Upgrade Disc Tied to One Computer?

Years ago, I purchased a Windows 7 upgrade DVD at Walmart, to be used on my Gateway computer, which came with Vista. I paid 120.00 for it. My understanding is that I can only use this disc/license on the Vista computer. When I reinstall W7 on this computer, I first have to install Vista, then W7 over it.

My question is, could I use this license on another computer? It is a retail license, for which I paid full price, so shouldn't I be able to use it where I want? If not, it seems like a real ripoff. I mean, people are out there using keys from places like [REMOVED] and apparently getting away with it, and I have this valid retail W7 retail disc, and I can't use it except on the computer that came with Vista? Just doesn't seem right.


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28 Apr 2017   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If you have a true 'Retail Windows COA key' you can install it on different computers but only have it on one computer at a time.

Jack
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28 Apr 2017   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yes but installing it clean you'd need to use this reg file before using the upgrade key so you'd skip activation until you use option 3
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version - Windows 7 Help Forums

Updating a clean install follow post #2 here,
windows update - Windows 7 Help Forums
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28 Apr 2017   #4
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
If you have a true 'Retail Windows COA key' you can install it on different computers but only have it on one computer at a time.

Jack
Does it matter that it was an upgrade disc? I mean, it was a boxed, shrink-wrapped copy of W7. I'm thinking that it was called "upgrade" so you could, well, upgrade from Vista, keeping all your programs. Which I did. I have never used it on another computer, but if this one dies, or I decide to rebuild it, it would be nice to be able to use this license.
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28 Apr 2017   #5
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Yes but installing it clean you'd need to use this reg file before using the upgrade key so you'd skip activation until you use option 3
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version - Windows 7 Help Forums

Updating a clean install follow post #2 here,
windows update - Windows 7 Help Forums
Yes, I know about and have used that option, but only on this computer. It looks like I could use it on a different computer, then. Cool. Eventually I may need to do that. Then again, with W7 only supported until 2020, maybe I won't...
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28 Apr 2017   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

To the best of my knowledge all Upgrades are Retail.

So if you Upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 using the proper Microsoft method you now have a Retail Windows 7 installation.

Jack
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28 Apr 2017   #7
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks Jack, that is really great. It's the only retail version of Seven that I own. Good to know, it may come in handy; at some point this old Gateway has to die (unless it gets a brain transplant from the mad scientist in Italy, but that's another story).
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28 Apr 2017   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just be sure you copy the COA key and save it in a safe place.

Jack
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29 Apr 2017   #9
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Right! I also had that thought. Another question, though: after 2020, will it still be possible to authorize a new install?
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29 Apr 2017   #10
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Should be no problem, other Operating systems going EOL have retained a licensing department, although this may reduce in size over time,

you may find that the need to actually speak to an operator to explain the facts of the reason for needing to upgrade with changed hardware may increase
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