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Windows 7: Win 7 downgrade gone wrong


21 Feb 2014   #1

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Win 7 downgrade gone wrong

Hi guys, i hope that you can help me. I have windows 7 Ultimate N x64, it is a bootleg version, i just bought genuine windows 7 ultimate which is NOT N version. I tried to activate my win 7 ultimate N but activation said key was valid for Ultimate only & not N. It then said run the setup file.

I then tried to run the setup from my USB and before doing so i found a tutorial online that said to delete a file i think called Ef.cfg or something like that, it was contained in the sources folder, the reason for deleting this file was so that upon going to setup page i would be presented with a list of versions of win 7 that i could choose from. I did the above, got to the install page, picked win 7 ultimate, clicked next, it started installing, i went for a shower and came back and i had a message about an error, i did not pay full attention to the error but it failed to install. The pc tried to reboot but now i get presented with a screen that says repair or something along those lines. I tried to repair it but it failed.

I know i'm doing a bad job of all the messages, but i will shortly post a video of what happens.

I do NOT have an installation disk or usb, i am still using the bootlegged usb to try and fix this. If i need to download a different install iso please let me know.

I have or rather did have my win 7 installed on an ssd if that is of any help.


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21 Feb 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums and good to know you bought a Genuine Windows 7 key. I'd throw away the bootleg version, but save the USB stick to use this.
Clean Install Windows 7
There are links to download the version you need and to make the USB installer.

The N version is for Europe and has no Media player included. The EU thought is was a monopoly or something.

Related:
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

The key you have will only validate for the version, Home, Pro, Ultimate, it is for.
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21 Feb 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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21 Feb 2014   #4

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi, thanks for the quick response! Yes i know N version excludes wmp & i think a few other extras. Ok so i will delete the bootlog and d/l the one you have mentioned.

I have attached a few pics of screens i get.

Am i going to have to reinstall all my progs/drivers/etc etc again or will they still work?


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21 Feb 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Unfortunately you will lose you installed stuff, but you will have a nice fresh install to enjoy.

Back up what you want to keep and disconnect all other drives except the one you install too.
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21 Feb 2014   #6

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

more pics


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21 Feb 2014   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I suspect all the "more pics" are due to a bad installer you have.
You should try to fond and download all drivers and put on a stick or disk to have ready too, especially the network adapter one, Ethernet and wireless if you have it.
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21 Feb 2014   #8

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

man this is gonna suck! I'm not going to lose all my personal files/folders though am I? I'm just writing over windows again right?
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21 Feb 2014   #9

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

sorry, before i make another mistake, on the page to d/l win 7 i see there are 2 i can pick from, i don't want to go through all the hassle agin, so could you please tell me which is the correct win 7 ultimate i want to d/l Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 (old) X17-24395.iso or Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM X15-65921.iso i think one of them is supposed to be usb bootable already, i think!
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21 Feb 2014   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dagsky View Post
sorry, before i make another mistake, on the page to d/l win 7 i see there are 2 i can pick from, i don't want to go through all the hassle agin, so could you please tell me which is the correct win 7 ultimate i want to d/l Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 (old) X17-24395.iso or Windows 7 Ultimate x86 RTM X15-65921.iso i think one of them is supposed to be usb bootable already, i think!
You don't want either one of those, you want the one labeled X17-59465 from this link,

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

For creating a USB the tutorial Britton posted will show you how,

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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