1.    08 Mar 2017 #1
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    A query regarding Win7 upgrade to Win10


    Thanks to reading the various messages on this excellent forum I've cleared up some initial queries. I'm one of those folk who availed of the free upgrade to Win10 Pro from Win7 Pro. Reassuredly I've read on here that doing a clean install of Win10 from a downloaded ISO (I'll be making a Win10 bootable USB) on the same machine won't be a problem because of the digital license which contains a digital footprint of my hardware (MB I presume). Hence no product key will be required.

    But I still have these questions

    1. Is the original Win7 Pro installation (I upgraded from) product key now still usable for an install on another device?

    2. If I sell my computer I assume the digital license travels with the computer since its' not tied to the owner or their microsoft account?

    Thanks
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  2.    08 Mar 2017 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2014
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    1. Yes it is.

    2. The product key will travel together with the system if not linked with the email or microsoft account
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  3.    08 Mar 2017 #3
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    1. Probably not if it is the OEM version of Win7, tied to the computer it came with. The Retail/Upgrade version can be installed on a Replacement computer but not both at the same time.
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  4.    08 Mar 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    1. Probably not if it is the OEM version of Win7, tied to the computer it came with. The Retail/Upgrade version can be installed on a Replacement computer but not both at the same time.
    Oh it probably is.
    Quote Originally Posted by RoasterMen View Post
    1. Yes it is.

    2. The product key will travel together with the system if not linked with the email or microsoft account
    I will certainly give it a try!

    How would I be able to check this?
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  5.    08 Mar 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoasterMen View Post
    1. Yes it is.
    Not legally unless it is a retail product key and the Windows is removed from the previous computer(s) it was installed on.
    @Gusgf,
    Nothing changes regarding the Windows 7 product key just because it was used to upgrade to Windows 10. All of the legal terms and conditions applying to that product key still apply. Unless you have a special license, one license (product key) for Windows = 1 legal installation of Windows at a time. You started with 1 license for Windows so that is what you are legally entitled to - 1 installed and activated copy of Windows. That can be Windows 7 or Windows 10 - not both (but you can switch between the two as much as you want). It can be moved from computer to computer, if it was a retail product key, but cannot be on two computers at the same time.

    In the case of selling the computer you have two choices:
    1. You can sell it with Windows installed on it. In that situation the buyer also buys your license for Windows with the computer and you cannot legally reuse that license after you sell it. If the Windows on that computer was from an OEM license, you MUST sell the license to Windows with the computer.

    2. If the Windows on that computer was from a retail license, then you can uninstall Windows and sell just the computer itself without a Windows license and you can retain your license for Windows to reuse on your own compute.

    Now, in situation #2 there will be a digital license for that computer stored on Microsoft activation servers. That is not your problem and there is nothing you can do about it. Once you physically remove the Windows installation from that computer you have met all of your obligations to reuse the retail license for Windows on a different computer.

    You can use showkey plus from this forum to find out what version a product key is for and if it is OEM or Retail.
    ShowKeyPlus
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  6.    08 Mar 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Nothing changes regarding the Windows 7 product key just because it was used to upgrade to Windows 10. All of the legal terms and conditions applying to that product key still apply. Unless you have a special license, one license (product key) for Windows = 1 legal installation of Windows at a time. You started with 1 license for Windows so that is what you are legally entitled to - 1 installed and activated copy of Windows. That can be Windows 7 or Windows 10 - not both (but you can switch between the two as much as you want). It can be moved from computer to computer, if it was a retail product key, but cannot be on two computers at the same time.
    Okay so legally the Win7 product which was upgraded to Win10 is regarded as a single Windows license and can only exist on one machine at a time in the guise of Win7 or Win10.

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    In the case of selling the computer you have two choices:
    1. You can sell it with Windows installed on it. In that situation the buyer also buys your license for Windows with the computer and you cannot legally reuse that license after you sell it. If the Windows on that computer was from an OEM license, you MUST sell the license to Windows with the computer.
    Okay wasn't aware of this legality or hadn't considered it.
    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    You can use showkey plus from this forum to find out what version a product key is for and if it is OEM or Retail.
    ShowKeyPlus
    Great, will give that a try

    Thanks for the knowledge.
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