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How to discover Windows flavor from unbootable drive?

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Can I use a Retail DVD media with an OEM key to install Windows Vista?

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Windows 7 and Vista Activation FAQ: How do language, version, 64-bit or 32-bit, and source affect ability to install and transfer Windows licenses?

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Windows Vista home premium upgrade to Windows 7 ultimate

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Two Windows 7 Licenses One Virtual Machine/Virtual-PC/VirtualBox, One Physical Laptop…How do I use them?

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Can the ownership be transferred for Windows Vista Home Premium and its Windows-7 upgrade OEM DVDs?

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Windows Vista Activation Error (Key In Use)

I'm a Linux person, so when I bought this computer I formatted it immediately into separate partitions so I could use Windows Vista/7 for games. I finally got around to installing Vista (my Win7 ...
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Can a valid Windows 7 Ultimate X64 upgrade license key be used to validate a full RTM install?

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If I upgrade my version of Windows Vista, which version of Windows 7 will I get?

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I just ordered a laptop, and it came with Vista Home Premium 32-bit. I want Vista Home Premium 64-bit on it. I'm planning a reinstall. Does anyone know if my product key for Vista 32-bit will also ...