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Windows 7: Install now, activate later

12 Oct 2009   #1
hitechwreck

Windows 7 x64 7232
 
 
Install now, activate later

Hi guys. I am putting a new PC together shortly, and i want to run Windows 7 Home Premium on it. However i cannot get the software until the 22nd October 2009. Is there anyway of getting a version installed now, and then legally activating it, when i purchase the software? It would be great to install W7 with 30 days to activate.When the software arrives i could just pop in the product key and everything's spiffing.
Is this do-able?
Many thanks
Darren


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12 Oct 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hitechwreck View Post
Hi guys. I am putting a new PC together shortly, and i want to run Windows 7 Home Premium on it. However i cannot get the software until the 22nd October 2009. Is there anyway of getting a version installed now, and then legally activating it, when i purchase the software? It would be great to install W7 with 30 days to activate.When the software arrives i could just pop in the product key and everything's spiffing.
Is this do-able?
Many thanks
Darren
Darren

There is a trial wvailable from microsoft but it is enterprise not home premium so youu would have to re-intall. Its ony 9 days it might make sense to wait

Ken
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12 Oct 2009   #3
hitechwreck

Windows 7 x64 7232
 
 

Thanks Ken, appreciate your reply. Looks like i'll be waiting.
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12 Oct 2009   #4
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

The answer to this is Yes and No - technically what you require is certainly possible - windows 7 allows a 30 days grace period by default.

the issue is where do you get a copy of the actual install media - this is not available to the general public.

It is however available to people registered with schemes run by Microsoft such as Technet, MSDN and certain academic programs.

If you have access to this media through someone with the necessary access then what you wish to do is possible and I do not believe would breach any licence requirements
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12 Oct 2009   #5
Antman

 

SysPrep Reseal?

Isn't this exactly what that tool is for?
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12 Oct 2009   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
If you have access to this media through someone with the necessary access then what you wish to do is possible and I do not believe would breach any licence requirements
It would be perfectly fine, and even Microsoft has provided steps to re-arm that 30 day, just in case. Like you said, the only issue is obtaining the media.

If it was me, I'd download the 90 day RTM trial, and install it now, giving me a chance to test out drivers and apps. Then, when the licensed version arrives, I'd be ready for a clean install, and I'd have my USB flash drive loaded up with the drivers and utlities I wanted to have installed on the system. I always do a double install with a new OS version, just to give it a test run that I can mess around with, and then the second install is the one that's going to stick.
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