Updating windows xp product key

09 Mar

This is a screenshot heavy post, so bear with me, this is a tale best told with pictures.

Disclaimer: I do work for Microsoft, but I don't work with the Win7 team so this is just one dude's opinion.

I think this is a hassle, but in the case of XP to 7, it's necessary.

I was asked to "upgrade" a relative's machine from Windows XP to Windows 7, so I figured this was a good time to write-up the experience in case it helps others.

This tutorial details the steps involved in upgrading a current Windows XP w/SP3 installation to Windows 8.

Pay particular attention to the current installed Windows XP version and the desired version of Windows 8 to make sure there are no surprises regarding what can and can't be carried forward to the new installation.

After the key has been activated, it can’t be used on another workstation unless you’re using a Volume-Licensed version of Windows XP.

That means each Windows XP workstation in your organization has a different product key.

You've likely heard that you can't straight upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7.

You can upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7, but not from XP to 7.