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WTD: Vista Home Premium / Ultimate CD Key

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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months agoFeedback:3 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
Wanting to buy a geniune windows Vista cd key, CD is not required, just would like the COA posted to myself.

Thanks.
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months agoFeedback:3 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
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#1
Hi, silly question probably . . . .

Had Vista Home Premium supplied with my PC, with disc and COA etc.

Have upgraded it to a retail bought upgrade of Ultimate (64 bit) - does this free up the original Vista software?
#2
mbgringo
Hi, silly question probably . . . .

Had Vista Home Premium supplied with my PC, with disc and COA etc.

Have upgraded it to a retail bought upgrade of Ultimate (64 bit) - does this free up the original Vista software?


Technically if it's OEM it's tied to the machine and can't be transferred, however a lot of branded systems have the activation set in the bios so you never enter it when installing the OS and generally you can use the key on another machine, though this is not licensed for this so shouldn't be done. If it'sbeen activated with the serial on the COA it's tied to the machine for good
#3
Have upgraded it to a retail bought upgrade of Ultimate (64 bit) - does this free up the original Vista software?


No, as it was an upgrade that was used. Microsoft should have "marked" the original key as it was part of the Ultimate install (and hence reflected in the reduced upgrade price), however in reality (in my experiences anyway) the original key still seems to be useable.

Technically if it's OEM it's tied to the machine and can't be transferred


Actually Microsofts own definition of this is that it is tied to the motherboard, as all the other components can be changed without the "computer" itself being changed. They regard the motheboard as the "computer" in licensing terms.

If it'sbeen activated with the serial on the COA it's tied to the machine for good


Again not technically true as OEM keys have been and can be used on other computers without issues. Whether or not this is allowed under the licensing terms is neither here nor there (as they are not valid under UK law anyway), however I have successfully migrated OEM keys from their original machines to "other" computers without issues in the past.
#4
Thanks Si - its possibly not OEM - found a box/case and documentation - plus the "upgrade" was a standalone ultimate version not a specific upgrade . . .
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Thanks Si - its possibly not OEM - found a box/case and documentation - plus the "upgrade" was a standalone ultimate version not a specific upgrade . . .


No worries mate. Sounds like you are good to go then as the Ultimate install was a full product. The original Home Premium key will be good to install onto another machine.

If it is OEM and you go by the letter of the liensing terms then you have to install it using the same motherboard it came with, but like I said the MS licensing terms are not recognised by UK LAW and the general concensus is that they would not hold up in a UK Court. On top of this if it is OEM and you install the key on a differnet machine, it will still activate and Windows Update will work without problems.

If it was supplied with your PC then there is a good chance it is OEM as manufacturers would have bought volume licensing which again, by the letter of the liensing agreement, means that it should only be installed on the machine it came with, but again in practice this seems to be irellevant.
#6
Looking for 32 or 64bit version?
Got Home Premium SP1 x64 OEM which I had installed to my HTPC (Asus motherboard). but not using any more.
#7
thesis73
Looking for 32 or 64bit version?
Got Home Premium SP1 x64 OEM which I had installed to my HTPC (Asus motherboard). but not using any more.


64 bit would be good! How much you looking for?
#8
I also have Premium 32 bit from a system that is no longer used - OEM but will remove HDD and format to pass machine on without OS or HDD

EDIT: And I have Ultimate on another machine that I would be willing to uninstall and install my copy of premium instead.
#9
thinking about it 64 bit is more preferrable as I have 4gb ram & 512mb graphics card. Home Premium or ultimate both are fine depending on ££.
#10
EvilWhiskas
thinking about it 64 bit is more preferrable as I have 4gb ram & 512mb graphics card. Home Premium or ultimate both are fine depending on ££.


makes sense - and my only reason to sell my copy of ultimate would be to raise some cash from my extra computer which isn't selling. It would only be worth my while if it allowed me to sell that pc more easily by this reduced amount to someone who already has an OS. I have no idea what Ultimate would be worth in these conditions, but if the 64-bit copy doesn't work for you, I'd appreciate an idea of what you'd be willing to pay for ultimate. It will also help me make up my mind about whether I should try and sell it elsewhere. Thanks :thumbsup:
#11
To be honest I'd be wanting to pay bottom price for whichever version of windows I end up with, its to set up on another partition of my laptop to use once windows 7 beta ends. Thought may as well buy one now rather than later, no idea how much it'll cost so just quote a price thanks.
#12
EvilWhiskas
64 bit would be good! How much you looking for?


How does £55 sound?
#13
Would that include postage of the CoA?
#14
EvilWhiskas
Would that include postage of the CoA?


Yes. I suppose however that you would like to have the DVD too :roll:
banned#15
my vista 64 bit activated with updates didn't cost me anything because i am a naughty boy :P
#16
moneysaverraver
my vista 64 bit activated with updates didn't cost me anything because i am a naughty boy :P


It won't be for long activated :oops:
#17
Do you have a legal licence for XP professional?

If so I am looking to downgrade my Vista Home Professional (32B IT) coz Vista sucks donkey ass.

So if you have a legal XP PRO i will gladly swap serials with you.

Rergards

CHP

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