Windows 10: Win7 Ultimate and Win 8 Pro Disks? Solved


  1. Posts : 30
    Win 10 Pro x64 1703 (desktop) Win10 Home x64 1607 (laptop) Win 8.1 Pro (desktop)
       20 May 2016 #1

    Win7 Ultimate and Win 8 Pro Disks?


    I have 2 Retail disks and one PC. Normally run Win7 and Win8 Pro on separate SSD's
    Win7 is ran like 99.9% of the time .

    From what I read, you can use these CD's on other systems if my motherboard goes bad or I build another system

    If I upgrade to Win10 from Win8 Pro and later on from Win7, will both product keys be active ?

    Thanks
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. davidhk's Avatar
    Posts : 5,227
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       20 May 2016 #2

    RE : From what I read, you can use these CD's on other systems if my motherboard goes bad or I build another system

    You must uninstall the Win 7 or Win 8 from the computer FIRST, before you can use the disk(s) for another computer.
    The rule is : 1 key, 1 install.

    RE : If I upgrade to Win10 from Win8 Pro and later on from Win7, will both product keys be active ?

    Your Win 7 and Win 8 product keys are tied to the Windows 10 installed. You can NOT use the keys for another computers.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 30
    Win 10 Pro x64 1703 (desktop) Win10 Home x64 1607 (laptop) Win 8.1 Pro (desktop)
    Thread Starter
       20 May 2016 #3

    I found this several places. This is from Microsoft

    What happens if I change my motherboard?
    As it pertains to the OEM licenses this will invalidate the Windows 10 upgrade license because it will no longer have a previous base qualifying license which is required for the free upgrade. You will then have to purchase a full retail Windows 10 license. If the base qualifying license (Windows 7 or Windows 8.1) was a full retail version, then yes, you can transfer it.


      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4. davidhk's Avatar
    Posts : 5,227
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       20 May 2016 #4

    iamlost said: View Post
    I found this several places. This is from Microsoft

    What happens if I change my motherboard?
    As it pertains to the OEM licenses this will invalidate the Windows 10 upgrade license because it will no longer have a previous base qualifying license which is required for the free upgrade. You will then have to purchase a full retail Windows 10 license. If the base qualifying license (Windows 7 or Windows 8.1) was a full retail version, then yes, you can transfer it.


    A motherboard is essentially the computer.
    New motherboard = new computer.
    While a retail license is transferrable, it has to be uninstalled from one computer first before it can be used to another computer.
    Failing that, you will have to buy a new valid product key to install to the new mobo.
    That's my understanding.

    Why don't you wait a bit for others to fill in the answer.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5. davidhk's Avatar
    Posts : 5,227
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       20 May 2016 #5

    I had read "stories" about user having a dead mobo, went ahead and bought a new mobo and managed to "sweet-talk" MS into issuing a new product key.
    If true, it could only be exception to the case.
    I wouldn't count on it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    20 May 2016 #6

    davidhk said: View Post
    RE : If I upgrade to Win10 from Win8 Pro and later on from Win7, will both product keys be active ?

    Your Win 7 and Win 8 product keys are tied to the Windows 10 installed. You can NOT use the keys for another computers.
    Absolutely false information. Nothing happens to the Windows 7 or 8/8.1 product keys after an upgrade to Windows 10. The same rule applies as if you never upgraded - uninstall the Windows 10 on the old computer and use the Windows 7 or 8/8.1 product key on the new computer. 1 product key - 1 Windows install - and it does not matter if the Windows install is the original Windows 7 or the Windows 10 that resulted from the upgrade.

    Right from Microsoft:
    Recovery options in Windows 10 - Windows Help


    If go back isn't available

    Check to see if you can restore your PC to factory settings. This will reinstall the version of Windows that came with your PC and remove personal files, apps and drivers you installed, and any changes you made to settings. Go to Settings > Update & security > Recovery > Reset this PC > Get started and look for Restore factory settings.

    If you have a product key for your previous version of Windows, use the media creation tool to create installation media for Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, and use it to do a clean install.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7. davidhk's Avatar
    Posts : 5,227
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       20 May 2016 #7

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Absolutely false information. Nothing happens to the Windows 7 or 8/8.1 product keys after an upgrade to Windows 10. The same rule applies as if you never upgraded - uninstall the Windows 10 on the old computer and use the Windows 7 or 8/8.1 product key on the new computer. 1 product key - 1 Windows install - and it does not matter if the Windows install is the original Windows 7 or the Windows 10 that resulted from the upgrade.
    Please read my reply again.

    The OP's questions is :
    If I upgrade to Win10 from Win8 Pro and later on from Win7, will both product keys be active ?

    I said the keys are tied to Windows 10 installed and the keys cannot be used on another computer.

    The OP did not ask................ what if I uninstall Windows 10.
    The OP did not ask................ can I use the Win 7 or Win 8 Pro key to reinstall Win 7 or Win 8 Pro.
    Last edited by davidhk; 20 May 2016 at 20:24.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
My pc specs * asus z97-p motherboard * intel i7 4790 cpu * bequiet 630w psu * 8gig corsair vengeance ram * samsung 850evo 250gig ssd (win 7pro 64bit drive) * sandisk ultra II ssd 128gig ssd (win 10 drive) * 2x crucial 500gig bx100 ssd (data drives)...
Hi, I have a dual boot set up - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an SSD drive and Windows 8.1 on a second hard drive. I would like to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and keep the Windows 7 OS in tact. Is this possible? Can I just go through the...
Here's the situation. I have a 17" laptop with two Win 7 drives set up with dual boot. One is a 128gb SSD with all my work software. (AutoCad, Rhino, etc) The other is a new 256 SSD with only the Win7 OS installed. Both use the same laptop...
How do I burn disks in General Support
My DVD reads fine but I don't know how to burn disks. I have tried sharing in the window for the drive and there is a burn place there, but it doesn't do anything.
Hi So, I have a retail copy of Windows 7 Ultimate that i've installed on 2 PCs so far (one at a time obviously, I bought it with my first Windows 8 laptop before 8.1 came out, back when 8 was a total crap shoot. Then sold that laptop but removed...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:14.
Find Us