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Does windows 7 need to be activated to upgrade

Last response: in Windows 7
November 19, 2012 11:58:13 PM

Hi guys I have lost my activation key for windows 7 (fresh install) My question is rather then buying another copy of windows 7 could I just buy a windows 8 upgrade package instead?

Would this activate windows?
a b $ Windows 7
November 20, 2012 12:00:45 AM

It should work.
a b $ Windows 7
November 20, 2012 12:01:23 AM

And you won't be "activating" windows 7, you will be activating Win 8 after the upgrade.
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November 20, 2012 12:03:36 AM

Just upgraded mine to Windows 8 and all I had an mine was Windows 8 beta $39.99 total cost, So try it with windows 7 on it and the upgrade assistant will tell if there is a problem and what you should do.
November 23, 2012 2:56:17 AM

Can anyone confirm that you can upgrade a non-activated copy of W7 to W8?
November 25, 2012 11:54:25 AM

Windows upgrade costs!