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So I have a few computers I want to upgrade to win 7 and I have a few questions regarding the Win7 upgrade keys.

1: I live in Canada, if I get a friend from the States to buy me the Win7 Family pack and mail me the keys. Can a Win7 key purchased in the states be activated in Canada? Are they geographically blocked?

2: By 'upgrade key' does the key ONLY work if there is a pre-existing install of windows on the PC? Or can I just use a full retail disc and enter in the upgrade keys without there being any pre-existing windows install on it?

Thanks for the help!
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1: No idea, but I'd imagine that even if it were, the US and Canadian ones would be in the same locking zone.
2: You need an existing copy of a qualifying windows to install it. (win XP or Vista)
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So if I were to burn my own ISO disc of win7 home premium and try to use the keys from the family pack they would not work?

I need some clarification because I have people saying that they have successfully done that and others saying that you can't.
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