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Upgrading Windows 7 Family Pack over XP

by flakvierling / March 31, 2013 11:01 AM PDT

I have been trying to clarfy the requirements to upgrade to W7 from XP but the normal responses are swamped by discussions about OEM upgrades. I understand that I am not entitled to use an OEM OS.
I have had a rolling upgrade of my computer for some years now and have now run out of re-activations on my XP licence. I have enough leftover bits to make two other computers for the children so think a Family Pack option is logical.
What I need help with understanding is;
Can I use a W7 Family Pack (FP) upgrade (VUP I think its called) over an XP installation or are W7 upgrades only for use over lesser versions of W7? Also, does the requirement to do a clean install over XP mean I actually need a retail version for upgrade?
If I can use the W7 FP upgrade over XP are the extra two licences usable on children's computers or can I only use one of the licences over the current XP install?

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About run out.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 31, 2013 12:21 PM PDT

If you own that license you can get more activations by calling it in. No one but MSFT will issue this.

I have the family pack and did not need an os to install from the pack. The issue of 32 to 64 bit is well discussed so I won't cover that here.


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Upgrading W7 Family Pack over XP
by flakvierling / March 31, 2013 1:29 PM PDT
In reply to: About run out.

Thank you Bob.

I take it then I can get two more XP activations from MS for the children's computers to be the licenced XP for W7 to upgrade even if I don't physically load XP on those computers.


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Actually I've done this over a dozen times.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 31, 2013 3:06 PM PDT

Microsoft seems very good at the activations. That is, I paid for the OS so there is no problem when I change motherboards, etc and need a new key.


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by Jimmy Greystone / March 31, 2013 11:47 PM PDT

No, you have to first buy an additional license for each computer. All the activation process ever did was add some teeth to the Windows license, and prevent people from doing exactly what you're trying to do. When you buy a copy of Windows, you're buying a license to use that single copy of Windows on a single computer. You can't just buy one copy and put it on every single computer in the house. This has always been the way the Windows license was worded, but XP marked a major escalation in Microsoft's efforts to enforce that part of the license.

What Bob is talking about is activating Windows on the same computer, or even decommissioning one computer and transferring the license to another. Of course that's when you get into the whole fun of OEM vs retail licenses.

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