To activate Win 11, what types of older license are good?

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In the Virtualization part of this forum, I have gotten great advice on how to install and run Win 11 as a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V on my Win 10 PC.

However, there remains a question about activation of the W11: What types of license for an older OS will work to activate my Win 11 Virtual Machine? Correct me if I have this wrong, but I understand that a Retail license for Win 7 or later WILL work. However, an OEM license -- the COA on a sticker on a Win 7 PC -- will NOT work. Is that correct?

So what types of Win 7 licenses WILL work, and where can I find them? Ideally used from eBay but still good and cheap.

Grazie!!!!
 

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In the Virtualization part of this forum, I have gotten great advice on how to install and run Win 11 as a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V on my Win 10 PC.

However, there remains a question about activation of the W11: What types of license for an older OS will work to activate my Win 11 Virtual Machine? Correct me if I have this wrong, but I understand that a Retail license for Win 7 or later WILL work. However, an OEM license -- the COA on a sticker on a Win 7 PC -- will NOT work. Is that correct?

So what types of Win 7 licenses WILL work, and where can I find them? Ideally used from eBay but still good and cheap.

Grazie!!!!



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Apparently, a Windows (7, 8, 8.1) license will work to activate Windows 11.
You just can't "upgrade" straight from Windows (7, 8, 8.1) to Windows 11. You have to "upgrade" to Windows 10, first.



Thanks to those who pointed this out, below.
 
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Just a Win 10 license.
The others (7, 8, 8.1) will work to get you Win 10.
So they DO work to get Win 11, but only by going "through" Windows 10.

Like so...
Do a clean install of Win 10 using Win 7, 8, or 8.1 key.
Then update or do an In-place upgrade to get from Win 10 to Win 11.
I would have to disagree. I just activated Windows 11 Pro with a Windows 7 Pro OEM product key from a COA label. Once Windows 11 accepted the Windows 7 product key and activated, the installed product key changed to the generic OEM product key of NF6HC-QH89W-F8WYV-WWXV4-WFG6P.

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Do you have a Microsoft Account with a windows 7, 8, or 10 key associated with it ?
 

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I would have to disagree. I just activated Windows 11 Pro with a Windows 7 Pro OEM product key from a COA label. Once Windows 11 accepted the Windows 7 product key and activated, the installed product key changed to the generic OEM product key of NF6HC-QH89W-F8WYV-WWXV4-WFG6P.


Was that a DEV or Beta version, or RTM?
 

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When I activated the Windows 11 install with the Windows 7 product key I was logged into the built-in administrator account. I did a clean install in a new VM, and then at the first OOBE screen I pressed shift+ctrl+F3 to enter audit mode. It was in audit mode that I activated it with the Windows 7 product key.
 

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When I activated the Windows 11 install with the Windows 7 product key I was logged into the built-in administrator account. I did a clean install in a new VM, and then at the first OOBE screen I pressed shift+ctrl+F3 to enter audit mode. It was in audit mode that I activated it with the Windows 7 product key.


Maybe you just confused MS so much they said: "Ah the h*ll with it... you're activated".
Like the old Tony Hawk cheat code... "L1, Circle, Right, Up, Down, Circle, Right, Up, Square, Triangle" :D



Seriously, I dunno... maybe they relaxed the restrictions. ??
 

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I would have to disagree. I just activated Windows 11 Pro with a Windows 7 Pro OEM product key from a COA label. Once Windows 11 accepted the Windows 7 product key and activated, the installed product key changed to the generic OEM product key
Yes, I had the same. A clean install of 11 Home in a VM was activated by changing the installed key to a W7 Home CoA key I had to hand. Whether that would work if the CoA had previously been used to activate an install (of W7 or 10) is another question. I know for certain that the key I used had never been used before.
 

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When I activated the Windows 11 install with the Windows 7 product key I was logged into the built-in administrator account. I did a clean install in a new VM, and then at the first OOBE screen I pressed shift+ctrl+F3 to enter audit mode. It was in audit mode that I activated it with the Windows 7 product key.

Yes, I had the same. A clean install of 11 Home in a VM was activated by changing the installed key to a W7 Home CoA key I had to hand. Whether that would work if the CoA had previously been used to activate an install (of W7 or 10) is another question. I know for certain that the key I used had never been used before.



Maybe you can use the keys from Win 7, but you just can't upgrade/update straight from Win 7.


My setup is so weird... it's hard to tell what the rules are.

I have two identical SSDs.
I made a backup of the one SSD and restored it to the other SSD.
Then, on the other SSD, I did an In-Place upgrade from 10 to 11.
It's kind of a loophole. I only hook one SSD up at a time, cause they're both on the same license... technically.

One SSD is running Win 10, the other is running Win 11.
If I hooked them both up at the same time, one of them would fail activation, probably.

When I originally installed Win 10, I used a Win 7 Retail key. MS said I have one install left on that Win 7 key.
 
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Maybe you can use the keys from Win 7, but you just can't upgrade/update straight from Win 7.
Well you can try (as I did) but you'll only be able to keep your files. Probably won't get a digital license either (I didn't test that, I quit at this point).

upgrade-to-11-from-unsupported-7-png.8602


An upgrade from 7 to 10 first, then 10 to 11 will of course work and activate.
 

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    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


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An upgrade from 7 to 10 first, then 10 to 11 will of course work and activate.


Yeah, that's what I was thinking of.

When I switched to Win 10, I didn't want to "upgrade" from Win 7. IMO, they're too different.
So I did clean install of Win 10, using the Win 7 key.
Then I "upgraded" from Win 10 to Win 11, cause they're almost identical.


It'd be really nice if MS would just put out a nice unambiguous set of rules for this.
 

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    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security 2020
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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It's kind of a loophole. I only hook one SSD up at a time, cause they're both on the same license... technically.

One SSD is running Win 10, the other is running Win 11.
If I hooked them both up at the same time, one of them would fail activation, probably.
Technically that seems to meet the EULA requirement that you only have one copy of Windows installed on the machine at any one time. Having two copies (ie. both SSDs hooked up) would be a technical infringement, but I don't see how the activation servers would know. They can only see that you're running one copy of Windows at a time, whether the other ssd is installed or not.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
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    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. Now 11 has been released it has been re-imaged back to 10 and awaits the upgrade to be offered in Windows Update.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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Technically that seems to meet the EULA requirement that you only have one copy of Windows installed on the machine at any one time. Having two copies (ie. both SSDs hooked up) would be a technical infringement, but I don't see how the activation servers would know. They can only see that you're running one copy of Windows at a time, whether the other ssd is installed or not.



That's how it seems. So far at least.
 

My Computers

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  • Operating System
    Win 10 Home 10.0.22000.258 (x64)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security 2020
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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Keep in mind, the OP did not ask about upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 11. They asked about using a Windows 7 product key to activate Windows 11. And the answer to that question is yes, Windows 7 product keys, even OEM, will activate Windows 11.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!

glnz

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All and esp. NavyLCDR - Many thanks. It's great news that I can use an OEM sticker key from originally a Win 7 machine to activate my new Win 11 Virtual Machine.
Really dumb Q - when I have the Win 11 VM running, what exactly do I do to insert the Win 7 OEM sticker key and activate the Win 11 VM? FYI - this new Win 11 VM is Local Account, and it's Win 11 Pro.
 

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  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v 21H1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7010
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3470 CPU with four cores
    Memory
    16GB RAM
    Other Info
    Just set up a Hyper-V Virtual Machine of Win 11 Pro 64-bit.

NavyLCDR

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Settings -> System (on the left) -> Activation (about 2/3 down on the right).
 

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    PC/Desktop
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    Homebuilt
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    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
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    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
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I used my Window 8.1 Pro retail product key, and entering slmgr /dli from an admin command prompt shows Win 11 to be the Pro version retail channel. Even on a 12.5 year old PC that had an OEM copy of Windows 10 Pro installed on it and the Windows 11 Pro installed from the first "leaked" ISO are seen as Pro (retail channel) versions. All three installations use the same Microsoft account. Very strange, but I'm not going to complain.
 

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    roll-yer-own
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    Intel i7-5960X
    Motherboard
    Asus Rampage V Extreme
    Memory
    4 x 4GB G-Skill Ripjaws F4-3000C15-4GRR DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3080 Gaming OC (10GB)
    Sound Card
    Integrated audio (Realtek ALC1150)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus ROG Swift PG278Q 144Hz
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    Corsair Force MP510 NVMe (1.92TB), Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD, Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD, Seagate ST2000DX001-1CM164 (2TB) SSHD.
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    Antec HCP-1300 Platinum
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    Corsair Obsidian 900D
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    Kraken Z73 AIO CPU cooler w/ 3 x 120mm exhaust fans, 3 x 120mm front intake fans, 1 x rear 120mm exhaust fan.
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    Logitech G Pro TKL
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    Logitech G Pro Wireless
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    HTC Vive, Beyerdynamics MMX 300 gen 2 headphones.

glnz

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Axle - thanks for the tip to use slmgr /dli. I had never seen that before.
In your case, are you using the same key on a "real" machine (Win 8.1?) and your Win 11 VM?
If yes, do you have them running at the same time?
Separately from keys, I wouldn't think having the same Microsoft accounts on different activated machines would be a problem, but I wouldn't know because so far I've stayed local.
 

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    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v 21H1
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7010
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3470 CPU with four cores
    Memory
    16GB RAM
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    Just set up a Hyper-V Virtual Machine of Win 11 Pro 64-bit.

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Just a Win 10 license.
The others (7, 8, 8.1) will work to get you Win 10.
So they DO work to get Win 11, but only by going "through" Windows 10.

Like so...
Do a clean install of Win 10 using Win 7, 8, or 8.1 key.
Then update or do an In-place upgrade to get from Win 10 to Win 11.
I did a clean install of Windows 11 in a VM using my retail Win 8.1 key and it activated.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
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    HP USB Kekboard
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    2.4 wireless mouse
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox

glnz

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Winuser - thanks for info.

Some follow-up questions:
  1. I now have a Win 7 Pro OEM sticker from an old PC. I don't know whether it is 32 or 64 bit. Has anyone actually personally activated a Win 11 with such a sticker?
  2. If it turns out my Win 7 Pro sticker is 32-bit, will Win 11 say "Are you kidding? 32-bit is so 2005! Get lost"?
I'll let you know when I get a chance to try this ...
 

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  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v 21H1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7010
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3470 CPU with four cores
    Memory
    16GB RAM
    Other Info
    Just set up a Hyper-V Virtual Machine of Win 11 Pro 64-bit.
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