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  1.    02 Jul 2017 #21
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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  2.    02 Jul 2017 #22
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    Windows 10 Home

    Quote Originally Posted by Caledon Ken View Post
    In my case I don't have sticker. This was a Win 8 downgraded to 7, it has the installed key and OEM key. Checked battery compartment. So it sounds like the install key is the key to use as a mere mortal can't use OEM key.

    Your case can be a little tricky. If your copy of Windows 7 has a retail license, then by all means go ahead and reinstall Windows. If you have trouble activating, you can always call Microsoft for help. If your copy of Windows 7 has a OEM license, you might have trouble activating it. I would hold off until someone with more expertise can advise you. Hopefully Superfly sees this and gives his advice.

    If you would like to install Windows 8.1 that would not be a problem. Windows will read the key in the BIOS and activate by itself.

    Here is a guide to determine if your copy of Windows 7 is Retail or OEM.

    License Information for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3.    02 Jul 2017 #23

    Quote Originally Posted by Caledon Ken View Post
    In my case I don't have sticker. This was a Win 8 downgraded to 7, it has the installed key and OEM key. Checked battery compartment. So it sounds like the install key is the key to use as a mere mortal can't use OEM key.


    It depends which edition the installed key is for...

    If that PC was a downgrade, then you most likely have an OEM:COA key installed (assume it can be retrieved from a backup?) which can be used to activate either Win 7 or Win 10 of that edition on that PC.

    So too, the Win 8 OEM key... it will be automatically installed with that version of Win 10 and activate online.

    PS: However, as @TrustMe correctly pointed out, if the Win 7 key is OEM:SLP, Windows 7 must be restored from recovery and cannot be clean installed from vanilla media.
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  4.    02 Jul 2017 #24
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 4,127
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    Thanks. Should not have hijacked this thread but thanks for responses. Not sure about going to backup for key. Win 7 is running and showkeyplus gave all the keys. All in all its really a silly situation. Lenovo's recovery process failed and checking their site there are some similar occurrences. To get disks it $55.00 CDN.

    I wanted to understand things better in terms of keys for my own knowledge. I think I have client convinced to try Windows 10 and it will find what it needs.

    Again my apologies for hijacking thread.

    Now back to the needs of the OP.

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  5.    03 Jul 2017 #25
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by ValiantSaint View Post
    Many thanks, Ken. Are there no online suppliers (genuine only etc) that will sell cheaper versions of MS products?
    Remember, that resellers are simply reselling Microsoft licenses. You license the product from Microsoft, and agree to their end user license agreement to use the software.

    License prices are pretty much fixed, and don't fluctuate much. WIndows 10 Home Retail should be around $119 and Windows 10 Pro should be around $199. You might find a deal for $10 or so less, but generally speaking it should be right around that price.

    For example, here is a link to a place claiming to have Windows 10 Pro for $49.99 (July Deal - Microsoft Windows 10 Pro - 1 PC License Download MS OFFICE WORKS). You can bet that this license isn't legit. It might work for awhile, it might work forever, it might only work for 1 month. But I wouldn't want to be out $50 on something that could stop working any second.
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