So I have a retail (not OEM) Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit license. It's on an old computer that I'm looking to upgrade.
I have a Windows 7 Ultimate DVD but I don't want to use the key on that since that key is unused. I'd rather transfer the key from the old computer to this new one to conserve my licenses. To that end I used http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html to get the key on the old machine.
Problem is... when I try to enter that key on the new machine - running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit - I get a "The product key is not valid" error.
The product key is valid. It works on the old machine. So why doesn't it work on the new one? Both machines are running Windows 7 Ultimate. The old one is 32-bit and the new one is 64-bit. So what is the problem?
It is my intention to reformat the old computer and then donate it to charity or something idk when the new computer is up and running but if I can't transfer my Windows 7 license then I don't really see the point.
Maybe the software I'm using to get the CD key is giving me the wrong CD key?