Use Student Win 7 Upgrade DVD media on new PC

October 12, 2010 at 17:43:20
Specs: Windows 7
Hello I have bought a new computer and installed windows 7 from my DVD on it. I type in the product key and it says this is only valid on windows upgrades not clean installs (I did buy a student windows 7 upgrade for my old laptop).

If I phone them and ask them to activate windows on the new computer (assuming they let me since it's clean install, but I think they will because my old laptop is slowly dying, so I don't see why I should pay for a new windows just because the old PC died), will this mean that the windows on the laptop will lose its activation? I would still like to use it for travelling (if it lasts).

Thanks for any advice!

So in short, can I install my windows 7 on a second computer and still use it on the old laptop?

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October 12, 2010 at 18:45:58
NO, you can't.
The student version you purchased was an upgrade, to use the upgrade you needed a previous instalation, which you had on your laptop.
The laptop came with an OEM OS and as such is not transferable, it's permemamently locked to the pc it came on.
And there is absolutely no way you can use the W7 upgrade on two pc's at the same time. Attempting to do so may result in MS deactivating both.

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October 12, 2010 at 23:00:21
you bought a new pc without a OS?
did you build it yourself?
most new pC's come with an os installed maybe you can return it and get one with an os preinstalled..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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October 13, 2010 at 01:10:20

well I have an old XP version that I could install first I guess.

And yes I built the PC myself. I assumed 7 was like the old windows versions, but i wanted to make sure first because of the activation thingy (that I think was not there or as strict for previous versions).

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October 13, 2010 at 01:13:22
Sorry double post - so basically you are saying anmar that even if I install my old XP on the computer, then it still won't work because the windows is meant for one machine and MS might block it if it sees 2 computers connected to the internet with it?

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October 13, 2010 at 05:20:30
ALL versions of Windows since the beginning are intended to be used on only on computer at a time. Some versions can be migrated to a different PC and some can't. Upgrade versions require a qualifying upgrade product. It may or may not be required to be running.

The installation key is what Microsoft looks for. If already in use then it can't be used a second time

In your case the Upgrade version could be used on the new computer if the WinXP version you have can be migrated to the new hardware and you deactivate your current Windows 7 installation.

What type of WinXP CD do you have? You need to go home to home, 32 bit to 32 bit.

Versions keyed to OEM computers that came pre-installed won't qualify.

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October 15, 2010 at 01:58:22
Ok I have no idea what you just said.

I solved it though - I managed to install Windows XP from the CD I still have and replace the Windows 7 that I had on it. Then I installed my upgraded Windows 7 DVD and bought a new upgrade windows 7 product key and it's now activated and working.

Thanks for all the replies

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October 15, 2010 at 05:49:38
"Ok I have no idea what you just said".

If that comment was directed at my #5 response then I don't know what to say. The response is straight forward without the use of any technical words.

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October 16, 2010 at 03:39:18
It was late and it sounded technical to me at the time =)

Anyway, I have found a solution to my problem (found another upgrade to windows 7 for students, that wasn't a total rip off that Microsoft want).

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October 16, 2010 at 19:20:21
The next time you build a computer, you can purchase an OEM DVD that will run about the same as an upgrade DVD, or slightly less and will install clean only on a new or wiped hard drive. If you will be building others, a 3 pack will save you even more.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

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