Windows 10: What happens to Win7 License after upgrading to Windows 10?

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  1. TV2
    TV2 Win User

    What happens to Win7 License after upgrading to Windows 10?


    I have a Family 3-Pack of Windows 7 Home Premium installed and activated on 3 PCs using the same Product Key.

    If I upgrade one of the PCs to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer, does that free up one of the Windows 7 licenses to use on another PC?

    :)
     

  2. What happens to my Win7 retail boxed license after update to Win10?

    I'd like to know if i can use in a few months my Win7 retail boxed serial, to activate my Win7 on a completely new PC (I'll change my desktop configuration in march/april 2016), then update for free to Win10 (before 7/29/2016, of course).

    I need to know if my Win7 retail boxed serial will be still usable after Win10 free upgrade?

    Thanks a lot
     
    CelestronC14, Jan 8, 2016
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  3. 4RLM Win User
    What happens to my existing Windows 7/8.1 licenses after my free Windows 10 upgrade?

    I have 2 Windows 7 OEM licenses, a Windows 7 Retail license, and a Windows 8.1 OEM license (all legitimately obtained and activated-no pirating). My primary system is a laptop that came with Win8.1 OEM, which I had to downgrade to Win7 OEM (due to software
    incompatibilities with Win8.1), and I have since used the Win8.1 key embedded in the laptop's UEFI to install Win8.1 OEM in a Virtual Machine on that laptop.

    I understand what license types I will get if I upgrade my systems to Win10 (i.e. OEM 7/8.1 to OEM 10, Retail 7 to Retail 10) and what those licenses entail (such as transfer and support rights). However, I need to know what happens to those old licenses
    if I take advantage of the free Win10 upgrade offer. If I upgrade the Win7 Retail copy to Win10, will I still be able to use the Win7 Retail copy on a separate computer (or VM), or will that license become unusable/invalid? If I upgrade from Win7 OEM to
    Win10 OEM, can I install Win7 with that OEM license to a VM on the same hardware, or am I essentially trading the Win7 license for a Win10 license?

    Basically it boils down to this question: Is the free upgrade program replacing my exiting Win7/8.1 licenses with Win10 licenses and then invalidating/revoking those Win7/8.1 licenses, or am I getting Win10 licenses
    in addition to the Win7/8.1 licenses I already have?
     
    4RLM, Jan 8, 2016
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  4. NavyLCDR New Member

    What happens to Win7 License after upgrading to Windows 10?

    You have a license for 3 installations of Windows and 3 only. It can be any combination of Windows 7 or upgrades to Windows 10 but only 3 total.
     
    NavyLCDR, Jan 9, 2016
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  5. TV2
    TV2 Win User
    Got it. Thanks.
    Hope springs eternal *chuckle
     
  6. davidhk Win User
    No. That win 7 key is still tied up to the system which is now running Win 10.
    Can't use it to a 4th computer.
     
    davidhk, Jan 9, 2016
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  7. TV2
    TV2 Win User
    Quick clarification: If I upgrade from 7 to 10 in order to get the PC activated on Microsoft's servers for my free upgrade, then restore my Windows 7 image to continue using it for a while - am I all set in terms of licensing? I am using either one or the other and all is cool?
     
  8. davidhk Win User

    What happens to Win7 License after upgrading to Windows 10?

    Yes. You'll be ok in that case.
     
    davidhk, Jan 9, 2016
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  9. TV2
    TV2 Win User
    I just updated on another W7 PC (not a clean install). It went much better than I expected. I am pleasantly surprised. I may just keep it.

    My Office machine is much more complex.
     
  10. davidhk Win User
    Yes. Cut Win 10 some slacks. Get used to it. It's not as bad as some insist.
    I have one running RTM Home version 10586, and one running Insider Preview 11082. I have no issues at all.
    There are programs I detest, but I don't have to use them.
     
    davidhk, Jan 9, 2016
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  11. TV2
    TV2 Win User
    Agreed. I find it fairly customizable with some notable exceptions.
    But I am working on it now. It will look like Win 7 by days end.
     
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