Does windows 7 need to be activated to upgrade

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?
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  1. It should work.
  2. And you won't be "activating" windows 7, you will be activating Win 8 after the upgrade.
  3. 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.
  4. Can anyone confirm that you can upgrade a non-activated copy of W7 to W8?
  5. Windows upgrade costs!
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