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Cheap Windows 8 upgrade may now require your Windows 7 key

  1. #11


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Microsoft must have concluded that that upgrade offer was being abused somehow and wanted to tighten up requirements some? None of my PC's qualify so I didn't even bother trying to get one.

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  2. #12


    North Wales
    Posts : 449
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    IIRC, it has to be an OEM COA Key activated for the first time after June2 to qualify - retail keys are excluded.
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  3. #13


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    If your copy is real and not a pirated version there should be no problem. . .
    If that's directed at me. I was just thinking that in a lot of cases the OEM-SLP key would be what a keyfinder would list. And whether they would accept it or make you get the one on the COA sticker.
    Have an OEM and the installation app found the OEM key and upgraded my installation on a HP dv7 laptop. All I have to do was set there and read my book.
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    If your copy is real and not a pirated version there should be no problem. . .
    If that's directed at me. I was just thinking that in a lot of cases the OEM-SLP key would be what a keyfinder would list. And whether they would accept it or make you get the one on the COA sticker.
    Have an OEM and the installation app found the OEM key and upgraded my installation on a HP dv7 laptop. All I have to do was set there and read my book.
    I was just mulling over in my mind, what the average Joe would do, if he or she was asked to "enter" their product code online to get the upgrade offer. There would be some that know what a COA sticker is and use that. I'm sure some would try to enter the PID from the System page and when that didn't work they would try a keyfinder. It just made me wonder what Microsoft would and wouldn't accept. I wasn't thinking about it from a lets cheat it point of view, more of a "what were they thinking" point of view.
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  5. #15


    Canberra
    Posts : 135
    Win 8 x64 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I was just mulling over in my mind, what the average Joe would do, if he or she was asked to "enter" their product code online to get the upgrade offer. There would be some that know what a COA sticker is and use that. I'm sure some would try to enter the PID from the System page and when that didn't work they would try a keyfinder. It just made me wonder what Microsoft would and wouldn't accept. I wasn't thinking about it from a lets cheat it point of view, more of a "what were they thinking" point of view.
    That's a good point. My dad had no idea what or where his product key was. Not sure what he would have done if I wasn't there.
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