I purchased Vista Home Premium 64bit System Builder OEM DVD last Summer from Newegg, and received the free upgrade to Windows 7 end of October.
I am about to carry out a clean install (using Custom install advanced option) of Windows-7 from the installed Vista. I am concerned however that some application might not run in 64bit Mode and I would benefit the functionality as Virtual XP PC (I had a couple already with Vista). I did not know about this adding feature between HOme Premium and Professional version when I order Windows last summer from Newegg.
My wife is doing her master at UNLV here in the US and I found out that we just missed the $35 student discount upgrade to Windows 7 professional, it is now $65 at http://www.win741.com/ . At Newegg the Windows-7 Home Premium 64BIt and Windows Professional are $105 and $140 respectively - it would have been on y $35 more if I'd thought about this then. The discount rate of $65 is pricey but I am considering it definitely cheaper than Anytime Upgrade.
Do you think it is legit and acceptable to re-sell for cheap on ebay and/or transfer the ownership of my copy of Windows Vista DVD and its related Windows 7 DVD upgrade?
It will allow me to recoup the expense of upgrading to Professional. Of course it assumes, I can upgrade over my Vista install.
I read that once the new product key has been activated by validating with a previously installed Windows Vita copy. Is it just for the 1st install? If I were to re-install Windows-7 from the DVD upgrade install, would I need the previously installed windows present again?
Update: I purchased from Digital River the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade with Student discount and Microsoft's customer support even offered to send me the physical copy "Full" version by mail. So now I do own for my one desktop PC two flavors of Windows 7 Home and Professional, and for the professional I'll have both the Upgrade and Full product. I do hope this extra is transferable somehow, and not be wasted. See this link for details: Can a key-less install be done with Windows 7 Pro from Digital River and enter later the product key for the Full version?
Regarding the Windows Home Premium OEM (64Bit), I only installed and activated the Vista version but won't install nor activate the Windows 7 OEM I received as a free upgrade from Vista last October. I understand that OEM Windows are not transferable to another system.
Is it still possible though to install the Windows 7 OEM and activate it on a different system or is it a loss and a waste?
If this is do-able, then I'd download this in the next day or so. I hope the offer won't be retracted before?!
Thank you in advance for your replies.