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

21 Aug 2010   #21
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
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.

Here is mine from MS Technet install;

Windows 7 Professional
Product Part No.: X15-39009
Installed from 'Full Packaged Product' media.
Product ID:XXXXXXXX match to CD Key data
CD Key: XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Computer Name: PHENOM2-550
Registered Owner: Phenom2
Registered Organization:


So your school must use a Volume media install DVD

That may be why Microsoft considers it a Volume "Enterprise" key


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21 Aug 2010   #22
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Just FYI - Jelly Bean didn't give me a produc key. It actually said BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB

what does that mean?
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21 Aug 2010   #23
gregrocker

 

Have you tried running chkdsk on your current HD, and the maker's full diag/repair scan to see if you can get your HD in good enough shape to produce a viable image? Some failng HD's can even be returned to full service life after these repairs:
Disk Check
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.URL

As you need to rely on the image, if you can get your HD in good enough shape then try Win7 backup imaging as well as Macrium. If neither of those reimage correctly I would even try Paragon Backup and restore free version: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Free Download
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21 Aug 2010   #24
DocBrown

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

Jelly Bean & SIW give me my actual Key that I used to install & activate with.

I just typed in XXXXX so as not to display it here.
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21 Aug 2010   #25
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

1) According to this link you are eligible for free software and it is activated permanently, even after graduation.

Student Resources

Quote:
Free Software for Students

Whether your school department has chosen an Online (downloads-only) subscription or an Online+Media subscription, you are able to obtain free Microsoft software with a license that never expires—even after you graduate! All you have to do is:
2) Borrow a win7 retail dvd from a friend or get it from wherever you can, install win7 pro and use the AA key you have. I think it would work. If the borrowed disk is for a different edition, just delete the ei.cfg file in the "Sources" folder at the root of the dvd, rebuild the iso and burn to dvd. That'll land you a universal disk that'll let you choose the edition to install, including pro.
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21 Aug 2010   #26
DocBrown

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
1) According to this link you are eligible for free software and it is activated permanently, even after graduation.

Student Resources

Quote:
Free Software for Students




Whether your school department has chosen an Online (downloads-only) subscription or an Online+Media subscription, you are able to obtain free Microsoft software with a license that never expires—even after you graduate! All you have to do is:
2) Borrow a win7 retail dvd from a friend or get it from wherever you can, install win7 pro and use the AA key you have. I think it would work. If the borrowed disk is for a different edition, just delete the ei.cfg file in the "Sources" folder at the root of the dvd, rebuild the iso and burn to dvd. That'll land you a universal disk that'll let you choose the edition to install, including pro.

Nice find Bill

That answers the legal question.

Ditto on Greg's recomendations


And yes an " All in One DVD" is very good backup to have. Like this one


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21 Aug 2010   #27
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

GREG - I haven't done that stuff yet because I wanted to try and get as much of my data off as possible first. I'll try that stuff this weekend since I have until monday before I get my new hard drive. I'll also try the macrium and paragon.

BILL/DOC I saw that earlier - I should have posted the link originally when people were saying I would be stealing. That's partially why I'm so frustrated - as long as the product key I got from the guy today is legit, since I can't seem to find the product key from Jelly Bean (I'm running SIW now...) all i need is a damn install disc! I have a product ID (proving the OS was registered) and I have a product key - I don't understand for the life of me why both my school AND windows have refused to send me a simple install disk or access to an online download link so I can make my own install disk!!!!!

Maybe if I call windows and use my product id instead of my product key, they'll send me a disk.

SIW is still churning out the product keys, but it did also say that my OS was both "Windows 7 (business)" and "Windows 7 Professional"
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21 Aug 2010   #28
DocBrown

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

Did you click on Licenses ?


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21 Aug 2010   #29
LEVAMDG

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Yeah it's just taking forever...."Processing 183 of 227"

When I opened it at first, it said it wasn't compatible with Windows 7 Business version, which appears to NOT be free. I'm hoping the free version you gave me will at least get me the product key...

P.S. - BTW, your name being Doc Brown has made wasting 3 days of my big move on a bad hard drive totally worth it. Thanks for your help!

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR HELPING ME WITH THIS!!
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21 Aug 2010   #30
DocBrown

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

I think there is a newer version of SIW here. I uploaded an older verion I had on this HD.




SIW | System Information for Windows by Gabriel Topala





Keep in touch in the next few days


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