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If I perform an anytime upgrade for a customer, does the anytime upgrade key work with the upgrade media? RRS feed

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  • Basically, I want to install Microsoft windows 7 Pro through the anytime upgrade feature.  Then, provide a customer with a physical copy of the disc (Windows 7 Professional SP1).  Will the anytime upgrade key work if the customer ever has to reinstall windows?  She also has the Windows 7 Home Premium key that came with her computer via the CoA sticker on her computer.  
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:54 PM

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  • "Gabthetech" wrote in message news:27b92aa3-83d4-409c-bb14-9e21c2905bd6...
    Basically, I want to install Microsoft windows 7 Pro through the anytime upgrade feature.  Then, provide a customer with a physical copy of the disc (Windows 7 Professional SP1).  Will the anytime upgrade key work if the customer ever has to reinstall windows?  She also has the Windows 7 Home Premium key that came with her computer via the CoA sticker on her computer.  
     
    It would be better to give her the Key data (including the KeyCard, or other stuff), and make sure that her original COA Key is backed up.
    The computer should have a Recovery partition which can be used to reinstall the original OS complete with drivers, etc., to which the Anytime Upgrade can again be applied, if necessary.
     
    This has the added benefit that it places the responsibility back on the client for maintenance :)
     

    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:21 PM
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 6:41 PM
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  • As with all upgrade licenses, reinstallation will require restoring the original copy of Windows before applying the anytime upgrade a second time.  The AU key will be fine in that scenario.

    The recovery media does not use the COA key from the sticker.  The OEM SLP key is embedded in the software at installation and is different from the COA key.  The COA key is an emergency key.  Make sure the customer has a copy of the original recovery media.


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:21 PM
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 7:02 PM
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  • "Gabthetech" wrote in message news:27b92aa3-83d4-409c-bb14-9e21c2905bd6...
    Basically, I want to install Microsoft windows 7 Pro through the anytime upgrade feature.  Then, provide a customer with a physical copy of the disc (Windows 7 Professional SP1).  Will the anytime upgrade key work if the customer ever has to reinstall windows?  She also has the Windows 7 Home Premium key that came with her computer via the CoA sticker on her computer.  
     
    It would be better to give her the Key data (including the KeyCard, or other stuff), and make sure that her original COA Key is backed up.
    The computer should have a Recovery partition which can be used to reinstall the original OS complete with drivers, etc., to which the Anytime Upgrade can again be applied, if necessary.
     
    This has the added benefit that it places the responsibility back on the client for maintenance :)
     

    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:21 PM
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 6:41 PM
    Moderator
  • As with all upgrade licenses, reinstallation will require restoring the original copy of Windows before applying the anytime upgrade a second time.  The AU key will be fine in that scenario.

    The recovery media does not use the COA key from the sticker.  The OEM SLP key is embedded in the software at installation and is different from the COA key.  The COA key is an emergency key.  Make sure the customer has a copy of the original recovery media.


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:21 PM
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 7:02 PM
    Answerer