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No you need to activate the copy of windows 7 first i believe or else upgrade after will not work, once its upgraded (again i may be wrong) it will not be an activated windows 7 machine again and allow you to re-use that key. But i do know for sure, the copy of windows your upgrading has to be activated.
I do not want to lose my windows 7 key.

Sometimes I see home server 2011 for cheap as heck. Maybe I could pick one of those up and install that to use as an upgrade.
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post #12 of 18
I've re-used my Windows 7 Pro key after doing an 8 upgrade with no problems. It made me call the support number but it did not ask my about how many computers it was installed on, just gave me the number and I was on my way.
post #13 of 18
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I do not want to lose my windows 7 key.

Sometimes I see home server 2011 for cheap as heck. Maybe I could pick one of those up and install that to use as an upgrade.

I don't think it eats up your windows 7 key to never be used again if it did, you would be paying more for a windows 7 retail key and a windows 8 upgrade key then buying a windows 8 retail key.
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post #14 of 18
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I don't think it eats up your windows 7 key to never be used again if it did, you would be paying more for a windows 7 retail key and a windows 8 upgrade key then buying a windows 8 retail key.

microsoft doesn't sell "full" windows 8 retail keys to my knowledge. All I have seen are OEM keys, which you wont be able to move to a different machine or use on the same machine with a different motherboard.
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post #15 of 18
I installed windows 7 ultimate, then without putting my win7 key I did the upgrade to win 8 and it worked (worked only with the win 8 pro upgrade key) And also did some updates from win 7 first.
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post #16 of 18
Could just install the version you need with the 30 day trial and then enter your own key in correct?
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post #17 of 18
I did it and it worked
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post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by ShortySmalls View Post

No you need to activate the copy of windows 7 first i believe or else upgrade after will not work, once its upgraded (again i may be wrong) it will not be an activated windows 7 machine again and allow you to re-use that key. But i do know for sure, the copy of windows your upgrading has to be activated.

My desktop which has W8 upgrade installed has never had W7 installed, I just did clean install with my upgrade key.

However, today my laptop has the W7 key, which I upgrade without any problems.

That is, W7 key which has been upgraded, still works. W8 upgrade installed as retail (clean install without ever having W7 installed).
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