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Upgrade from Vista to Win 7

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by drnick, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. ubersonic


    Joined: May 26, 2009

    Posts: 20,287

    A valid Retail edition product key.

    OEM ones will see it refer you to your hardware vendor for a disc.

    And comically the XP one was moaned about by people who prefered the cleaner look of the 9x one, which was moaned about by people who preferred the simpler interface of 3.x xD
  2. EsaT


    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 5,033

    Location: Finland

    For one thing all of them require valid license.
    For cheapest path there was upgrade license Windows for upgrading PC from license of XP or Vista to 7.
    (highly unlikely to be avaialble now)

    Normal Windows Sytem Builder/OEM license, once activated, locks to hardware and can't be moved to another PC without MS specifically accepting that reactivation.
    Including for example having had bigger PC hardware failure needing to replace more components like motherboard etc.
    Of course if you can find OEM license which is unused/haven't been activated, then there wouldn't be problems with it.
    But if it has been used in some PC even if that old PC has been scrapped...

    More expensive retail license Windows again can be moved from hardware to another, without limitations of needing specific approving from Microsoft for that activation in new hardware.

    As for Windows7 ISO not sure if this tool works
  3. drnick


    Joined: Nov 16, 2009

    Posts: 77

    Well that all seems locked down pretty tight, as you'd expect I guess. To my horror I also investigated the PC last night to find the label with the product code had been ripped off the case, its normally rammed in a corner in the hall so i'd never noticed and it could have happened years ago for all I know....kids....So I guess its a new, old, system or fork out for a valid licence, if or when I can be bothered. The kids might just have to manage without steam for a year until I can afford to get a new rig myself and they can have mine. Thanks for all the help, learnt a lot going through the process, though i'm sure it will all be totally different next time I come across this issue....
  4. Quartz


    Joined: Apr 1, 2014

    Posts: 6,648

    Location: Aberdeen

    There are utilities that recover this from the registry. I'm not sure I'm allowed to mention names.