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I have a netbook with Windows 7 Starter Edition on it, they Key is from my Technet account. I want to sell the Netbook, but don't want to sell the Starter edition with it so that I stay within the terms of Technet useage.

Can I buy an

, use that Key and be legit?

I am guessing the Starter Key become invalid after the Upgrade, which is no big deal.
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You cannot, because the Starter editions are OEM and therefore legally bound to specific hardware for the lifetime of the license.

edit: Unless there is a "retail" version of Windows 7 Starter (which there may be, I'm not sure). In that case, I don't see a problem with it.
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I know that part, I will not be reusing the Starter Key ever again (and their are no retail Starter Keys, even on Technet they are OEM).

I just am wondering about using a Technet Key to upgrade to Home Premium, is that a legitimate route to take.

Say I had a Home Premium Key from Technet (which is a retail key) and then got a Anytime upgrade to Pro. Would I be able to sell that system to someone else and not be violating the Technet agreement?
I don't want to have my Technet account revoked is why I am asking.
I know even if I sold it with the Starter edition from Technet nothing would probably happen, but why risk it?
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I know that part, I will not be reusing the Starter Key ever again (and their are no retail Starter Keys, even on Technet they are OEM).

I just am wondering about using a Technet Key to upgrade to Home Premium, is that a legitimate route to take.

Say I had a Home Premium Key from Technet (which is a retail key) and then got a Anytime upgrade to Pro. Would I be able to sell that system to someone else and not be violating the Technet agreement?
I don't want to have my Technet account revoked is why I am asking.
I know even if I sold it with the Starter edition from Technet nothing would probably happen, but why risk it?
I see what you're saying now, and if I had to guess, I would say that you're still in breach of the agreement. The deal here is that the upgrade keys require that *you* own a full retail version of a prior upgradeable OS. Given that you're still using a Technet key (which as you seem to be aware, is given to you on a "per-user-basis" meaning that you and only you can use the software), upgrading "past" that version is a moot point. Sure, it would be damn hard to trace back, and there might not be any sign of the installation that was on the system prior, but I'm relatively certain that it's still a breach.

I'm glad that you're at least inquiring about it. I'm happy to see some people with a conscious. I would recommend calling MSDN/Technet for further clarification.
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Seems like a gray area to me. I mean the Anytime Upgrade option is shown in the System Properties of Starter, so is a legitamate option for me to do. If I bought it, the license agreement of the Upgrade is now in effect, so their would not be any Technet agreement left to break?

But yea, if I call, then I would know for sure .
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