Windows 7 Product Key Checker Question

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by bobwoz, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. bobwoz

    bobwoz MDL Novice

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    I bought Windows 7 Pro during the student sale, and there was lots of talk about MS supplying the Full version, even though it was advertised as the Upgrade version.

    So I've got this Win 7 Pro key, and I'm wondering if the PID Key Checker that's out there will tell me if it's an UPGRADE version. Right now it just says "Retail" Is it possible that it's the retail upgrade version? Or is it the full retail version?

    I don't have a blank drive handy to install it and find out.

    Thanks!
     
  2. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    What's the difference? you have a valid key so you should be good (an upgrade can be installed as being retail)
     
  3. kdo2milger

    kdo2milger MDL Senior Member

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    retail key upgrade/full is a valid key for either.
     
  4. bobwoz

    bobwoz MDL Novice

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    I know all about the tricks to install to a bare drive with upgrade media.

    I'm selling this key to someone as a FULL RETAIL key, not an upgrade key, based partly on the rumors that that's what MS was shipping on the student deal, and also based on what the PID checker says (Retail.)

    So the question is, if the PID checker says "License Type = Retail" can I be assured that it's NOT an upgrade key?

    Thanks!
     
  5. kdo2milger

    kdo2milger MDL Senior Member

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    as far as i know there is now difference in upgrade/full product keys.
     
  6. bobwoz

    bobwoz MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the reply, but there most certainly is a difference between a full product key and an upgrade key.

    Does anyone have an upgrade key they could check with the PID checker and see what it comes up with? Now I'm more curious than anything.

    Thanks!!
     
  7. MasterHacker

    MasterHacker MDL Junior Member

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    You can try to enter the key in an install in virtual pc and if takes it during the install process it is a retail full key if not it is a retail upgrade key. No matter what you do don't activate it if you are going to sell it!
     
  8. hiphopboy

    hiphopboy MDL Novice

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    The new keys from MSDNAA , it's for Student, it's limit the year ( about 2 - 4 years ) you can using, so... not good to using..
     
  9. bobwoz

    bobwoz MDL Novice

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    Thanks, MasterHacker. That's what I wound up doing. The key in question is indeed an upgrade key, as the installer didn't like it when I entered it normally. Did the registry trick and it accepted it ok.

    So, we now know that the PID Checker does *not* identify upgrade keys.

    Might be good-to-have information for someone else.