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Windows 7 Professional Key

I have a purchased OEM version Vista Ultimate (x86) on my desktop right now and I want to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional (x64); however, I also want to upgrade my hard drive at the same time to a solid state drive. Can I get the upgrade version of win 7, and if so how would the installation work on a new hard drive? Or do I need the buy the full version?
posted by jameslavelle3 to Computers Internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is relative to your current windows license not your hardware. Since Windows 7 Professional Key have a full Vista license currently you are eligible for an upgrade license. You would only have to buy the full version if you didn't currently own a windows license.
posted by zennoshinjou at 8:25 AM on September 19, 2009
As a caveat however you may have to install Vista on the new drive and then "upgrade" to 7. I'm frankly not sure how it validates your old Vista license in that instance. posted by zennoshinjou at 8:26 AM on September 19, 2009
You can definitely buy the upgrade version. Windows 7 Professional Key may suffer through one extra "validation" step, and it's even possible you'll have to (temporarily) install Vista on the new drive first. but you're certainly entitled to the upgrade version. A hard drive is not changing computers. posted by rokusan at 8:27 AM on September 19, 2009
In general, if you are running a PC with Windows Vista and the Windows 7 Professional Key Upgrade Advisor says you can upgrade it, the transition to Windows 7 should be pretty smooth, although you may first need to update your Windows Vista system to the latest service pack. If you do decide to upgrade your PC, Windows 7 will be available for purchase October 22.
Basically what you're going to need to do is buy the new hard drive, install your old Windows 7 Professional Key on it, and then upgrade. I'm not sure how this will work going from x86 to x64 but I'm sure it will all be made clear while updating.
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