Windows 7 CD key

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  1. Extraordinary

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    Yea, that's the problem, like all activations, big hardware changes require re-activation, difference is with the Windows 10 OEM license, that was tied to the hardware you just replaced

    People are saying MS are allowing phone call reactivation if you explain what happened

    They want you on 10 so badly, you could just threaten to reinstall 7 and they will probably sh1t a brick and give you a free 10 key for life lol

    Big Alarm bell at MS HQ "WARNING, WINDOWS 10 USER THREATENING TO REINSTALL 7!!!"

    MS CEO: Quick, give him a Windows 10 key!, NO, Give him 3, no 4!
     
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    rofl if that give me key for life I would do that.
     
  3. MainframeTM

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    MS key for life. lmao
     
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    Thanks for my morning giggle sir' hehe
     

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    This true? Give me the bloody keys, haven't even installed a tryout of win10!
     
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    Do not know how this particular site is held, this is what they had to say in regards to the whole retail license and OEM license thing:

    http://www.tenforums.com/general-support/7340-frequently-asked-questions-about-windows-10-free-upgrade.html

    But that was way back in August.
     
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    In no situation does your original Windows 7/8/8.1 license get converted to an OEM license.

    This is true, your previous OS license remains whatever it was before, but your new Windows 10 license, is tied to the hardware

    And now you don't have to upgrade either, just use your previous OS key for a clean install

    Very confusing all this new licensing
     
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    I remember getting the msg about the change in key a few weeks after the upgrade. It really didn't explain much. But if I got keys just sitting I think it's time to build moar machines!!!!:pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1::pc1:
     
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    So, if I'm reading this right....the last Retail version I bought was XP. My Windows 7 disc is an OEM copy I used to upgrade. I can upgrade to Win 10, but when I do a major, hardware upgrade, I'll need to install XP with my retail key, then 7 with my oem key, then update to 10. Did I miss the boat with this?
     
  10. Extraordinary

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    Clean install 7 with your upgrade key, activate using the mediabootinstall 0 reg trick
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html

    Then upgrade to 10

    Don't think OEM 7 keys work for clean 10 installs/activation, but could try first, might save some time
     

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    Yeah they work did it a couple of weeks ago but I'll tell you when you change hardware be prepared for an hour on the phone I changed mobo only a few weeks ago and it was hard as hell convincing them it was only installed on 1 pc. They were polite as hell accusing me of piracy though lol.
     
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    the moment you have transformed an eligible 7 key into a "hybrid" 7/10 key is the moment when you may install and activate windows 10 on your main machine as often as you want.

    technicalities include:

    - after minor hw changes (i.e. single non-motherboard component, ext. peripherals of course) automatic activation will work unaffected
    - after major hw changes (i.e. microsoft algorithm will be something like mainboard and/or cpu+x components... lets just say a certain footprint will have to change to a certain degree) you just have to call microsoft support and they will still give you the activation code (just like it was with windows 7 when you had to activate by phone for various reasons)

    legally:
    - you may not install it on two or more systems simultaneously if you use a single license
    (technically this is still possible, either by calling ms and pretending to have changed your majorly changed your hardware, or if you are not super unlucky you just use an image of your fresh 10 install of your main system and put it on another rig - BOTH ILLEGAL, even if you only use one system as a time strictly, because of infamous 90-day-rule...)

    ms call center agents are being trained to ask very aggressively into that direction to raise the probability of a potential pirate to refrain from continuing the call/procedure... when we all know of course that those who use illegal copies won't bother using this method anyway and certainly would be ruthless enough to hold on to their story if they did nonetheless

    they didnt accuse you directly i guess, they just asked if you are sure / can 100% confirm that you are not using a pirated version or are using it for a single machine only, am i right? (which of course still sounds almost as an accusation to the benevolent & paying customer)
     
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    Good to know, I read something somewhere about previous OS OEM keys and clean Windows 10 installs having problems but can't remember exactly what it was now

    Yea, also heard some people having no issues with getting reactivated via phone, and others with similar long winded calls like yours

    Suppose it depends who you get on the phone, what sort of day their having etc etc

    Maybe best to call up on a Friday afternoon, everyone is in a good mood just before the weekend starts
     
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    Wait a minute here. I have a retail copy of Windows 8. It was installed on my older laptop and then upgraded to 8.1. Now the laptop has been again upgraded to 10. Are you saying that my original retail license could now be installed on another computer and upgraded as well?
     
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    Not legally no while it may or may not work it isn't according to the EULA.
     

  16. Extraordinary

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    Not at the same time, but it should still work for 8.x if you ever remove 10

    I have a few technet 7 keys, I installed 10 on the gfs laptop lastnight, and picked a 7 key to use, and 10 told me it was already in use on another machine, so it does check
     
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    My copy of 8.1 it said it had reached it's limit of activations so it works a couple of times then nope.
     
  18. Extraordinary

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    Automated phone activation should still work when a key reaches it's online activation limit

    Just have to enter a long code on the phone keypad that Windows gives you, and it reads back another long code for you to enter back into Windows, then activates

    Open RUN or CMD or Start menu Search: SLUI 4
     
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    Okay, that was what I thought but some of the comments in the thread got me thinking they had left a loophole.
     

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