Solved Vista and Windows 7 and 8 installations

February 15, 2013 at 05:34:04
Specs: Windows Vista Business, Intel e5200 dual/2gb
I have a copy of Windows 8 upgrade that I plan to install on my main machine currently running Vista. I have another (secondary) machine that is running Windows 7.

If later I decide I prefer Windows 7, is it possible to swap so that Windows 7 is on the main machine and Windows 8 on the secondary one?

Also, if I like both, can I reinstall the now unused Vista on a 3rd machine elsewhere? I don't have discs for the vista as they are on a recovery partition or similar on the main machine.

I haven't done an installation for a while and am a little muddled!


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February 16, 2013 at 09:29:58
Vista licence is currently redundant. But you can use it later if you install Windows 8 on another OS licence, such as XP. Vista licence is not null and void. It is just that you cannot use it ethically in your current setup.

CoolGuy



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February 15, 2013 at 07:09:28
If you upgrade your Vista machine to Windows 8, then you should not use Vista on any other machine.

If you want to move your Windows 8 to another machine, you can do it but you need to re-activate Windows 8. Same is true for Windows 7 provided that Windows 7 is also a retail version, not OEM. In this case they both require re-activation because of hardware changes.

CoolGuy


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#2
February 15, 2013 at 10:12:49
Yes, it seems that activation and legalities (rather then technicalities) are the real issue here.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
February 16, 2013 at 01:37:36
I think you can call Microsoft if activation failed. You own one license of Windows Vista, on license of Windows 7, and one upgrade license of Windows 8, so you should be able to use Windows 8 on one machine and use Windows 7 on another machine.

You can call Microsoft to confirm.


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February 16, 2013 at 03:14:23
Thank you all very much for your helpful responses. I took the plunge and installed WIndows 8 on top of the Vista on the main machine and so far (after a few tweaks) all is fine.

I guess that the Vista licence is now redundant - or do I still technically own it and have the right to reuse it? That's the only bit I don't understand quite now.

Many thanks again


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February 16, 2013 at 09:29:58
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Vista licence is currently redundant. But you can use it later if you install Windows 8 on another OS licence, such as XP. Vista licence is not null and void. It is just that you cannot use it ethically in your current setup.

CoolGuy


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