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Windows 7: can unactivated RTM be activated by retail upgrade key?

26 Aug 2009   #1
win7noob

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
can unactivated RTM be activated by retail upgrade key?

say one were to install the windows 7 RTM unactivated. could a "upgrade" retail key activate it? or would it require a "full" retail key?

thanks


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26 Aug 2009   #2
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

my guess is No. Unless there is an upgrade hack like there was in Vista.

but it's only a guess...and that's pretty much all anyone can do at this point.
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26 Aug 2009   #3
EarlZ

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7noob View Post
say one were to install the windows 7 RTM unactivated. could a "upgrade" retail key activate it? or would it require a "full" retail key?

thanks
I think you just need to change to the retail product ID then input the retail key via slmgr
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26 Aug 2009   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Gray Area Alert Be careful

Just a heads up

Ken
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26 Aug 2009   #5
win7noob

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

hmmmm i think i'll just suggest to Person X that they wait 2 more months for the DVD
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26 Aug 2009   #6
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7noob View Post
say one were to install the windows 7 RTM unactivated. could a "upgrade" retail key activate it? or would it require a "full" retail key?

thanks
YES, the best was to upgrade is insert the DVD while booted to Win7.
when you see the UPGRADE- click yes, when ask insert the UPGRADE KEY.
that is the way it works.
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26 Aug 2009   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't think this will work as you have to have a previous OS installed and ACTIVATED in order to install the upgrade. You can install the RC1 release with it's key, activate it and then upgrade it.

Don't hack the OS to get it activated. If you aren't willing to pay for Windows there are plenty of free alternatives out there.
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26 Aug 2009   #8
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Don't think this will work as you have to have a previous OS installed and ACTIVATED in order to install the upgrade. You can install the RC1 release with it's key, activate it and then upgrade it.

Don't hack the OS to get it activated. If you aren't willing to pay for Windows there are plenty of free alternatives out there.
Sorry, you do not need a previous activated OS to use the UPGRADE KEY to install and activate.

MS details how to clean install with the upgrade disk (do not use your key) then upgrade with the UPGRADE KEY.
The information is on the Technet site, MSDN and MS upgrade site.
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26 Aug 2009   #9
CrunchDude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard x64
 
 

Probably full only. Think about it. How will the OS know that you ever had Vista? Or XP? Maybe it'll just ask for the key from whatever you had before, but that's unlikely.
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26 Aug 2009   #10
Snufffed

 

The key you have is special for ea version.
basic, starter, homepremium, Pro, Enterprise, or Ultimate.

and if you try to use the UPGRADE key when doing a CLEAN INSTALL it will not work.

All the upgrade ask for is a Previous install OS of the same Version.

There is a popup that directs you to select the same version as the KEY for your version.
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