Does Win7 Upgrade product key cover x86 & x64

February 25, 2010 at 13:19:28
Specs: Windows XP Pro
Not quite sure how to explain what I mean in-depth but hopefully you get the idea: Does the Ultimate Upgrade only cover one version (either 32bit or 64bit), or can it upgrade both?

Obviously I know if I upgrade 64bit XP it'll upgrade it to 64bit Windows 7 and the same for 32bit. I just wondered if the upgrade had to actually be specifically for 32bit or 64bit or if I can just buy it and be able to upgrade either version (I do have two computers, one with 32bit and one with 64bit XP but I haven't decided which one to upgrade yet).


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#1
February 25, 2010 at 16:14:54
The license key is valid for either versions & the best way to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 is to backup your critical data to another media or partition & wipe the XP volume before clean-installing Windows 7 to it.

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#2
February 25, 2010 at 20:42:40
The key will install either one, BUT one only. A clean install is definitely the way to go.

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#3
February 26, 2010 at 01:17:30
Thanks. I was going to do a clean install anyway.

There is one other thing I was going to ask that I forgot about actually (might need to make a new topic but I'll try here first):

Does the upgrade licence lock to a computer configuration once its activated like OEM licences do, or is it like a retail licence in as much as you can activate it again on a different machine just as long as its only used one one machine?


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#4
February 26, 2010 at 04:30:47
Only one activation per machine installation. To comply with M$'s EULA, you must remove any prior activated installation if you have to activate a subsequent installation, even if that other installation is on the same machine. In short, you can't use the same license to run two copies of the OS on a single machine.

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#5
February 26, 2010 at 04:57:41
I am aware of the EULA requirements and don't intend to try and run the same licence on two different machines at the same time, I just want to make sure that if I activate an upgrade licence on a particular machine it isn't locked to that machine's hardware permanently like an OEM licence would be.

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#6
February 28, 2010 at 22:37:25
It is not so much the install software that will give you a hard time if/when you move to different hardware, it is the windows update software 'Genuine Advantage' that will read your hardware and associate it with your product key on MS's records. This is for all versions of Windows since the middle of XP's run. You can change out much in hardware without a problem, but with a change in motherboard, you may need MS's help to reactivate. With a change completely in computer, you will definitely need their help (if they are willing).

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