How to convert a retail product key to a VL key

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by BrianB, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. BrianB

    BrianB Guest

    We just receive some volume license keys for Windows 7 (I'd ask this on a
    Win 7 NG but I can't find any). Due to a delay in receiving them, I had to
    install Win 7 Pro on one PC using a spare retail DVD and product key. Is
    there a way to convert this retail installation to use the Volume License
    product key without having to reinstall everything using the VL DVD and key?

    BrianB, Jan 22, 2010
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    DL Guest

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    Peter Foldes Guest


    There is no route to convert to a VL license aside from a clean install. This goes
    for the OS and Office or any Server based system

    If you try you will get a warning that the key you used is not a valid key
    Peter Foldes, Jan 22, 2010
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    Al Guest

    Right click "My Computer" > select properties > select "Change
    product key".
    Al, Jan 23, 2010
  5. BrianB

    BrianB Guest

    Thank you, DL, for the link to the Win 7 forum. According to the forum you
    cannot use the "Change Product Key" function for a volume license. That does
    fit my experience. However they also state that you do not need to do a
    clean install. You can do an in-place upgrade from Win 7 Pro (retail or OEM)
    to Win 7 Pro (VL). I'll give that a try.

    BrianB, Jan 23, 2010
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