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Posted on 2011-09-23
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I bought a new computer that brings windows 7 home. I have an Open License Windows 7 ultimate.

 I can put the ultimate license without formatting the computer?

thansk
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by:bclongacre
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You can use an Windows Anytime Upgrade code, however, I am not sure that you can use an Open license.  However, the Open license keys are only Upgrade keys, so it would make sense that you should be able to do this.

Right Click on My computer
Click Properties
Click Windows Update
Click Windows Anytime Upgrade
Click Enter an Upgrade Key
Enter your Open License Key
Click Next
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by:limmontreefree
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Thank's but i tryed it and it tell me that i need and Upgrade license.

otherwise?
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bclongacre earned 500 total points
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It appears that Windows 7 Home may not be technically eligible to upgrade under a volume agreement.  Please see the chart on this page http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/windows7.aspx#tab=4.  

You may be able to attempt a repair installation of Windows 7, and enter your Open license key there, however, as it is not technically eligible for the upgrade, it may not help you at all either.  Sorry for the potentially bad news.  I suppose you could purchase an anytime upgrade key to Professional, and then go from that to the volume license, but that seems... well... clunky, and too expensive to warrant much consideration.
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thanks
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