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Vista OEM Upgrade?

  1. #1


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    Windows 7

    Vista OEM Upgrade?


    I have a copy of Vista OEM for a system I built a few years ago. Are OEM versions valid for the Windows 8 $39.99 upgrade? And if it is, is there a way for me to go through the upgrade process without using Windows8-UpgradeAssistant.exe since I don't have that copy of Vista installed?

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    Windows 8.1 Update 2 x64


    It is valid but you have to have it installed for the Upgrade Assistant to work. If you don't want to install Vista first you'll haw to buy the slightly more expensive physical copy.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 7

    Upgrade License Limitations?


    Just wondering, what limitations are there with the $39.99 Upgrade License compared to a retail or OEM license?

    Is it tied to one machine like OEM? Does it deactivate the other license? It never asked me for my CD-Key when I went through the upgrade process.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Makall,


    OEM = Can only be activated and installed on the exact same computer that it was first activated on.

    System Builder (retail) = Can be activated and installed on any computer, but not more than one at the same time.

    Upgrade = Can do a clean install or upgrade install with, but you must have the qualify OS you upgraded from uninstalled. This is bsaically to replace the OS you want to upgrade from. See also: Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run
    MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT

    Windows 8 EULA

    What about upgrading the software?
    The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #5


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    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Makall, OEM = Can only be activated and installed on the exact same computer that it was first activated on. System Builder (retail) = Can be activated and installed on any computer, but not more than one at the same time. Upgrade = Can do a clean install or upgrade install with, but you must have the qualify OS you upgraded from uninstalled. This is bsaically to replace the OS you want to upgrade from. See also: Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run
    MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT Windows 8 EULA What about upgrading the software? The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.
    Hope this helps, Shawn
    Ok but after I upgrade, is it the same as an OEM license? Cause the upgrade process doesn't ask for my serial.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Makall,

    An upgrade copy acts the same as a retail. You can install it where you like. The only catch is that you can no longer have the OS you upgraded from installed as long as you have the upgrade Windows 8 installed and activated.


    What method are you using to install your upgrade copy of Windows 8? For example, with "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant", clean install, upgrade install, etc.....
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    WIN7


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Makall,

    An upgrade copy acts the same as a retail. You can install it where you like. The only catch is that you can no longer have the OS you upgraded from installed as long as you have the upgrade Windows 8 installed and activated.


    What method are you using to install your upgrade copy of Windows 8? For example, with "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant", clean install, upgrade install, etc.....
    I think he's questioning about the liscening type. Currently I have the same issue with upgrading.

    I have a scenario for you.

    PC 1 running Vista OEM, PC2 running Win7. I then purchased retail windows 8 upgrade and used on PC1, upgrading without any issue. Since it's retail version and can be transferd to another PC, can I use this windows 8 upgrade to on PC2? If so, there're confusions here. As you mentioned before,

    "You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use"

    PC 1 will not able to use vista again hence lost OS???
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello idog, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Since you used Vista as the qualifying OS to purchase the upgrade copy of Windows 8 using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, then you are not allowed by the EULA to use the key for that Vista while the upgrade install of Windows 8 is installed.

    If you wanted to use Vista again, then you would just need to uninstall the upgrade copy of Windows 8 and reinstall Vista.

    The key for Vista is not permanently disabled. You just are not suppose to use it as per the EULA.
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    idog8818, if you means that after upgrade your PC2 with the upgrade ( transfer, not new install) and you want return the PC1 to vista, I think it's ok to re install Vista, as the upgrade will be use on the Windows 7 PC, but is the upgrade really transferable I think it's a grey zone in the EULA. Let see what Bring think about it. One thing is sure you can't use the same upgrade on 2 pcs, but is it transferable ????
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Nope. In this case, the EULA is applied to the Vista that was used to qualify for the upgrade copy of Windows 8.

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...tml#post136120

    You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way.
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