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    Hi,

    I’m in need of a new serial key for my version of windows 7 Ultimate, however I’m a little unsure on what the difference between the above is?

    Is there a place where I can buy just a serial key or do I have to purchase the who O/S with the key?

    Thanks

    Friday, December 17, 2010 9:26 PM

Answers

  • The difference between Upgrade and Full package is that the Full package may be purchased and used by anyone, while for windows 7 upgrade packages you already must have a previous legitimate windows of either xp or vista, or windows 7.

     

    Kind regards,

    Stephan Schwarz.


    If you one of these posts answered your question or issue, please click on "Mark as answer". If a post contained helpfull information, please be so kind to click on the "Vote as helpful" button :)
    • Proposed as answer by renatoabc Saturday, December 18, 2010 3:20 PM
    • Edited by Stephan Schwarz Sunday, December 19, 2010 2:36 AM Edited a few words to clearify it more... -.-;
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, December 24, 2010 6:55 AM
    Saturday, December 18, 2010 10:34 AM
  • On Sat, 18 Dec 2010 10:34:15 +0000, Stephan Schwarz wrote:
     
     
    > The difference between Upgrade and Full package is that the Full package may be purchased by anyone, and for buying windows 7 upgrade packages you already must have a previous legitimate windows of either xp or vista.
     
     
    A few points of clarification to the above:
     
    1. It's not really a matter of who can purchase one of these; it's a
    matter of who can *use* them. For example, I could buy an upgrade
    version even if I have no copies of Windows at all, and give it as a
    gift to my son who could use it.
     
    2. To use an upgrade, you need to have XP, Vista, *or* a lower-level
    copy of Windows 7.
     
    3. To use an upgrade to Windows 7, you can't just have any old edition
    of the previous version. For example, you can not upgrade from Vista
    Business to Windows 7 Home Premium. Microsoft considers that a
    downgrade.
     
    4. To use an upgrade, you not only have to own the previous version,
    you have to have it installed.
     
    5. Although you can use the upgrade version of Windows 7 if you have
    XP installed, you can *not* do an upgrade with it. It has to be a
    clean installation.
     

    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, December 24, 2010 6:55 AM
    Saturday, December 18, 2010 9:20 PM

All replies

  • The difference between Upgrade and Full package is that the Full package may be purchased and used by anyone, while for windows 7 upgrade packages you already must have a previous legitimate windows of either xp or vista, or windows 7.

     

    Kind regards,

    Stephan Schwarz.


    If you one of these posts answered your question or issue, please click on "Mark as answer". If a post contained helpfull information, please be so kind to click on the "Vote as helpful" button :)
    • Proposed as answer by renatoabc Saturday, December 18, 2010 3:20 PM
    • Edited by Stephan Schwarz Sunday, December 19, 2010 2:36 AM Edited a few words to clearify it more... -.-;
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, December 24, 2010 6:55 AM
    Saturday, December 18, 2010 10:34 AM
  • On Sat, 18 Dec 2010 10:34:15 +0000, Stephan Schwarz wrote:
     
     
    > The difference between Upgrade and Full package is that the Full package may be purchased by anyone, and for buying windows 7 upgrade packages you already must have a previous legitimate windows of either xp or vista.
     
     
    A few points of clarification to the above:
     
    1. It's not really a matter of who can purchase one of these; it's a
    matter of who can *use* them. For example, I could buy an upgrade
    version even if I have no copies of Windows at all, and give it as a
    gift to my son who could use it.
     
    2. To use an upgrade, you need to have XP, Vista, *or* a lower-level
    copy of Windows 7.
     
    3. To use an upgrade to Windows 7, you can't just have any old edition
    of the previous version. For example, you can not upgrade from Vista
    Business to Windows 7 Home Premium. Microsoft considers that a
    downgrade.
     
    4. To use an upgrade, you not only have to own the previous version,
    you have to have it installed.
     
    5. Although you can use the upgrade version of Windows 7 if you have
    XP installed, you can *not* do an upgrade with it. It has to be a
    clean installation.
     

    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Friday, December 24, 2010 6:55 AM
    Saturday, December 18, 2010 9:20 PM