Buying a Win7 activation key?


  1. Posts : 450
    MS Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
       28 Mar 2016 #1

    Buying a Win7 activation key?


    Is there a way to just buy a Win7 Pro 64bit key off Microsoft's site? Or do I have to buy a physical copy?

    All I'm trying to do is get the free upgrade to Win10 Pro 64. If I heard right you can just put the Window 7 key in when activating Win10 now.

    -Thanks
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  2.    28 Mar 2016 #2

    Microsoft is not selling Windows 7 any more. You can purchase them from 3rd party retailers, though.

    Amazon.com: Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack (For Refurbished PC Installation): Software

    Keep in mind, an OEM edition is only good for the first computer (motherboard) it is installed on.
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  3. Posts : 450
    MS Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       28 Mar 2016 #3

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Microsoft is not selling Windows 7 any more. You can purchase them from 3rd party retailers, though.

    Amazon.com: Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack (For Refurbished PC Installation): Software

    Keep in mind, an OEM edition is only good for the first computer (motherboard) it is installed on.
    Thanks very much for that link!
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  4.    28 Mar 2016 #4

    Also check out Ebay.
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       29 Mar 2016 #5

    If you do purchase or own a valid retail (not OEM COA) key, you can download a genuine version of Windows 7 setup iso from Microsoft, entering the key as validation for the download:
    Windows 7

    If Windows 8.1 is required, you do not need a key for download, just for installation and activation, there is now a Media Creation tool for Windows 8.1 at Windows 8
    This will create ISO or USB media.

    These may be required if there is a persistent problem with a clean installation, but when upgrades to 10 proceed to completion
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  6. Posts : 450
    MS Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       05 Apr 2016 #6

    So I'm buying this for a new machine:

    Amazon.com: Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack (For Refurbished PC Installation): Software

    Do I have do a whole Windows 10 upgrade or will I now be able to just use the activation key?
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  7.    05 Apr 2016 #7

    You should be able to install Windows 10 Pro by clicking "I don't have a product key" or "skip" or "do this later" when asked for a product key. After it is installed, go to settings, Updates & Security, and the activation screen. Change product key, then enter the Windows 7 Pro product key to activate it.
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  8. Posts : 450
    MS Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       05 Apr 2016 #8

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    You should be able to install Windows 10 Pro by clicking "I don't have a product key" or "skip" or "do this later" when asked for a product key. After it is installed, go to settings, Updates & Security, and the activation screen. Change product key, then enter the Windows 7 Pro product key to activate it.
    Thanks, Navy... I'm not going to mark this one as solved yet tho.
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