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Windows 8 Retail upgrade over WGA Windows 7

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    Windows 8 Retail upgrade over WGA Windows 7


    Hi,

    I have a neghbourhood-assembled PC in which they installed bootlegged Windows 7 copy. I later availed the Windows Genuine Advantage offer on a Windows 7 Ultimate copy. Per the licence, the licence is valid for only that computer on which the activation failed (my above mentioned PC).

    Now, I plan to buy Windows 8 Pro tomorrow and install it over the WGA Windows 7. Also, since my above-mentioned PC is now 3 years old, I plan to build a new one myself in a few months.

    My question is: Can I legally re-install Windows 8 on that new PC? I have this question because I read somewhere that an upgrade licence assumes all the conditions of the OS that was upgraded.

    Please help me understand this. Sorry for my English, if it is confusing; it's not my first language.

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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    Upgrading to Windows 8 is fine - the WGA license is exactly the same as a Retail one, with the proviso that it can only be used on the machine which previously had the counterfeit installed. Upgrading therefore is well within the license terms.
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    NoelDP, thanks for the info. I guess I was not clear in my question. I wanted to know if I change the motherboard of my existing PC sometime in the future, will the Windows 8 licence still be valid if I install it on the hardware (motherboard) upgraded PC?

    Thanks again!
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    North Wales
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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    That's a different question altogether
    Upgrade licenses are Retail and there's been a LOT of argument about this particular question in relation to what used to be OEM licenses in Win7/Vista/XP.
    There is no consensus, and as far as I am aware there has been no guidance from MS.
    In my opinion, it all depends on MS - they seems to allow such things sometimes, but not others.
    Windows 8 further muddies the waters by changing the licensing scheme altogether.
    My advice would be to play safe and purchase a Full license - that way you know exactly where you are.
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    I guess I'll have to do that. I will update this thread if I find any more information on this. Thanks again.
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    North Wales
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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    You're welcome - one advantage of purchasing a Full license for Win8 is that it's possible to then dual-boot the two OS's so that the users have a choice which system they can use Win8 is not for all!
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    windows 8 pro x64


    I think the full licensed windows 8 packs are not being sold currently.
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    North Wales
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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)
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    Posts : 153
    windows 8 pro x64


    Thanks . I was wrong but it's not being sold in my country . I am expecting to see local stores selling full retail packs in my native language.
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    North Wales
    Posts : 449
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    There is no such thing as a Full Retail license in Windows 8.
    Here's the new terms for 'retail' versions http://download.microsoft.com/Docume...0bef5cbe3a.pdf
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