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Windows® 7 Resource Kit by Tony Northrup Mitch Tulloch and Jerry Honeycutt

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Activation Options

Licenses for Windows 7 can be obtained through one of three basic channels: retail, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), or Volume Licensing. Each channel has its own unique methods of activation. Because organizations can obtain their operating systems through any of the three available channels, they can choose a combination of activation methods.

Retail

Windows 7 products acquired through a retail store are licensed individually and are activated in the same way as retail versions of Windows Vista. Each purchased copy comes with one unique product key, found on the product packaging, which is typed in during the installation of the product. The computer uses this product key to complete the activation after the installation ...

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