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Old 07-16-09, 11:42 PM   #79
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Default Re: Some bad news, About Win7 Upgrade

Here is info posted how to install from the upgrade Windows 7 disk which could also be done with the Vista upgrade DVD.

You can install Windows 7 on any PC without having to activate the OS for 30 days. If you're willing to jump through the hoops, the full version of Windows 7 can be installed from the "upgrade" DVD.

To do so, install Windows 7 without activating it and then perform a custom installation from the unactivated version. The result is a fully functional, legitimate copy of Windows 7. Windows Secrets editorial director Brian Livingston's Top Story from Feb. 1, 2007, describes a similar loophole in Windows Vista.
Here is some additional information on some things that remain unclear.

One interesting conundrum on the minds of many future Win7 users is whether using the Windows 7 upgrade DVD to install Windows 7 invalidates your old copy of Vista or XP. While Microsoft's End-User License Agreement certainly implies that this is indeed the case, it remains to be seen whether Microsoft will actually "turn off" the old key.

That could become an important consideration on a dual-boot system with Windows 7 and Vista (or XP). It also raises the question of whether you can give up on Windows 7 and reinstall your old version of Vista or XP. Since we haven't seen the upgrade version yet, there's no way to tell for sure whether the old authorization key gets zapped. Stay tuned for details.
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