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Reinstallation of Windows 7 and upgrade to Windows 10

Hi all, Thanks in advance for any replies. I installed a stand alone license version of Windows 7 on my daughters laptop and immediately upgraded it to Windows 10. Two days later the laptop fried. The license for the Windows 7 disk and the upgrade are no longer on any machine. My question is can I now sell the windows 7 disk and would the purchaser be able to use windows 7 and activate it and would they still be able to get a free upgrade to Windows 10?

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That's a great question. So far

That scenario is one where the original RETAIL (there has never been a "stand alone") LICENSE is converted into and mind you this is what I"m seeing, a license locked to that machine. To reactivate the 7 after the 30 days will take a call to Microsoft from what I've read.

I've seen such fail and folk reinstall to another PC then upgrade and it's all good but you are sitting on what looks like a 30 day limit till it turns into a call to Microsoft.

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Sell it quick

There's 30 days to sell and let someone else do it.

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reactivation

I should have said that I installed windows 7 into the old machine and upgraded to windows 10 some 3 months ago. it only lasted a few days and its been in the garage since. Its taken me this long to get round to it.

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Then the Windows 7 is invalidated.

While the W7 DVD is worth a little, it is not a valid license any longer.

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I need to re-write this. Not invalid.

The W7 license is your base license for your W10 license. If you activate it on another PC then it's proper for W10 to be invalidated.

Otherwise folk would install this W7, upgrade and repeat to get free W10 licenses.

If you sell this W7 license, what license for Windows do you have to stand in?

Got it?

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the only thing you can do

is install windows 7 on the computer and see if it validates/activates now or not.

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Staying with 7

Honestly I was one of the people who was sucked into the idea of "10", coming from 7. It was................a NIGHTMARE. Freezing and so many bugs...
It's like MS is rushing it to market WITHOUT working them all out, Anyway, I'm sticking with 7.

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Staying with 10.

For many reasons I found 10 to be faster, very stable and can get support from vendors and software houses where 7 is, well, they pretty much tell me all the bugs were fixed even when you find one.

All the dozen or more W10 PCs at the office are not freezing and haven't found a bug. When I do see a W10 locking up, it also locks up in W7 and Linux.

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