So how does the "upgrade" work? I thought that I could install Win7 starter unactivated, and tried to use a Win7 starter to premium upgrade kit and it didn't work I had to activate starter before i could use the Premium anytime upgrade.
It's better to do clean installs with this rather than the OEM versions. You can switch to computers with completely different motherboards and Microsoft doesn't seem to really care. I've switched from LGA775 Gigabyte motherboard to a AM3 MSI motherboard and had no problems whatsoever. You just have to do a double install (install once, don't register the first time, then install a second time). On the other hand I've heard that OEM versions instead of the upgrade versions lock you into a specific motherboard. You'll have to call a Microsoft customer representative in India to get another serial if the second motherboard is different from the one you used the first time you installed.
I bought the three pack a while back, and I'm pretty sure it's no different than a single pack, except the packaging. It will activate on three computers, and I haven't tried this with a single pack but I've been told that it will as well.
I had to replace a motherboard in one of the computers and windows needed to be reactivated. I tried the online activation and it wouldn't work. I tried the phone activation, and it asks you how many computers it's installed on, and if you say three, they will tell you that you can only install it on one, even though the package very clearly states that you can use it on three. I called back, and when it asked how many computers it was installed on, I said one, and it activated fine.
So basically, I don't know if there is any difference between the two licenses. It was definitely a hassle getting it activated after the motherboard failure and I wasn't too happy with microsoft after that.
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