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post #9 of (permalink) Old 2014-09-27, 03:41 AM
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^ There's no longer any such thing as an "upgrade license". You can purchase the full version or the OEM version. In either case, the upgrade license restrictions no longer exist: you don't have to replace your old Windows with the new one (you can dual-boot, etc), you don't need your old product key or Windows CD, the new version of Windows doesn't need to be installed on the same computer as your previous Windows, and the bitness (32-bit or 64-bit) doesn't have to be the same.

If you're upgrading from XP, keep in mind that there's no option for an "in-place upgrade" ; you'll need to either reformat, or install Windows to a different drive/partition, and you should backup everything you want to keep before installing the new OS.
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