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Windows 7: New Hard drive, same prod. key, no system image, no install disk?!

20 Aug 2010   #11
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You say this is "Enterprise" & you have a MSDN-AA key. At one point MS had a 90 day trial download of " Enterprise" available. Not sure if this would work with your key or not, but I always believe in " Trial & Error "

Windows 7 Enterprise | Trial, Evaluation, Test, Download


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20 Aug 2010   #12
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional N
 
 

Yeah, as if this wasn't confusing enough, my pc says I have windows professional. However, according to Microsoft customer service, the key I was given by the guy from school today who said it was my key from april is for "enterprise." I'm guessing either the guy gave me a new product key for windows enterprise, or customer service uses the word "enterprise" instead of saying "MSDN-AA."

If I have a windows 7 install disk from april, it's in my apartment and I'll find it tomorrow. If not, I guess I have to either get the school to send me an install disk, find someone I know with a disk, or....?
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20 Aug 2010   #13
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I would try the Macrium image first. If it fails to start up, make sure it's marked Active and run startup repair from your Repair CD up to 3 separate times with reboots to repair the MBR to start it. Then run chkdsk /r to see if any problems with old HD carry over into file system.
Partition - Mark as Active
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Enterprise is going to be a problem since it uses volume licensing which is a completely separate activation method than retail Win7. It would be much better if you can remage the install over to new HD without having to reactivate.
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20 Aug 2010   #14
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional N
 
 

Greg - see my above post (we posted at the same time). There may be some confusion about what my product key really is. I'm going to try the Macrium tonight, and then go to my new apartment (this has all happened during my big post college move...) and try to see if the school tech guy from april gave me an install disk. If not, I guess either try what macrium can get or find an install disk somewhere else....I think...

The good news is that my archaic copy-and-paste method seems to be getting all documents, photos, music, firefox profile, program installer files, outlook psts. I just hope I don't forget to grab anything.
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20 Aug 2010   #15
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

What do you get when you type Winver in the Start/search box ?


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20 Aug 2010   #16
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional N
 
 

It says the exact same as yours (version, build, etc.), except it says my name where "Phenom2" is.
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20 Aug 2010   #17
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LEVAMDG View Post
It says the exact same as yours (version, build, etc.), except it says my name where "Phenom2" is.

Then I think we must assume it is probably a Professional version not "enterprise"

The "Phenom2" is the name of my CPU on this computer.

I just loaded my TechNet "enterprise" DVD to get this install screen


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20 Aug 2010   #18
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

An "Upgrade" of Win7
Version of Windows can be installed on another PC if you build a new one later.
But, It can only be activated on 1 PC at a time.

An "OEM" version of Win7;
Is tied to 1 computer.
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20 Aug 2010   #19
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

If you can still get into your win7, could you use Software Information for Windows or Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder to view your win7 info & copy down your keys for the new HD ?
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20 Aug 2010   #20
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional N
 
 

DOC - That's what I thought. Initially, when the Windows people said the word "enterprise" I assumed they meant the whole msdn-aa thing, not that the product key I was giving them was actually for Windows Enterprise.

I have also run Jelly Bean KeyFinder. This is what it says for Windows:

Windows 7 Professional
Product Part No.: X15-39081
Installed from 'Volume' media.
Product ID: (it gives the real product ID, but then says "match to CD Key data")
CD Key: BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB

So....

My concern now is that the school tech guy I spoke with today gave me a new product id that I can't use since it may be for Windows Enterprise (except my school doesn't give that out, so I don't know why he would have a product id for it)

WISHMASTER - I shouldn't have either since my initial install was a full version, and it isn't OEM since my pc came with Vista originally. If I can't get an install disk, perhaps I can use my product id/key/whatever to at least get the upgrade version, though I don't think that's the best option.
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