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Windows 7: W7 Prem Home Authenticity/Upgrade Qstn

30 Jan 2010   #1
K3yP1ayer

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (64-bit)
 
 
W7 Prem Home Authenticity/Upgrade Qstn

I recently bought an HP Pavilion 6213w-b that came with Win 7 (64-bit) Premium Home Edition preloaded. I didn't get any CDs with it.

I also didn't get an installation ID string of 20 or more characters with it either, or if I did, I don't know where it is. The box that the PC came in is up in the attic full of Christmas decorations, so while I CAN get to it, it's a bit of a hassle.

So, if I upgrade to W7 Pro Edition online, I've been told that all I'll probably get is an email with a new ID string, but will I need the old one to tell Microsoft that I have an authentic edition?

Regardless, I suppose I should have the current Home Ed's ID string written down someplace, so where can I find it or get it?

Also, I've seen some discussions on here on the value of doing a clean install vs upgrading, but I'm not all that PC literate, and I don't really want to risk losing what I've already transferred from my old PC to my new one plus any new stuff. Plus, being unemployed (the money used to buy the new PC was part of a job exit settlement), I'm pretty much played out financially when it comes to PC enhancements, so an upgrade copy sounds a lot less expensive than buying W7 Pro's complete package.

Any ideas would be very much appreciated. I Googled something like "help for problems with W7" and SevenForums.com came up - I'm so glad there's a central point for information and discussions from rational PC users who speak and write in English, mostly.

Thanks,

K3yP1ayer


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30 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

If all you want is the key, without destroying the attic filing system, try this:

Magical Jelly Bean Software - Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder v2.0.1

I think that is the number that you are referring to. It is the only one you may need.
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31 Jan 2010   #3
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Nice program richc46 bookmarked it for later. Fabe
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31 Jan 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

TY Fabe, nice of you to comment.
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01 Feb 2010   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Most computers have the Product Key on a Certificate of Authenticity attached to the back or side of the tower, or the underside of a laptop.

If you buy an Upgrade for another Win7 version you'll have to do a clean install, as MS wants you to use Anytime Upgrade between versions of Win7.

There is a way however to do an in-place Upgrade/downgrade between Win7 versions by adapting this popular workaround: Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to any retail version Icrontic Tech
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01 Feb 2010   #6
Cato

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

This is redundant since the Magical Jelly Bean app was given, but Belarc Advisor will also give you your key plus keys for other programs that you have installed.

Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit
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01 Feb 2010   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by K3yP1ayer View Post
I recently bought an HP Pavilion 6213w-b that came with Win 7 (64-bit) Premium Home Edition preloaded. I didn't get any CDs with it.

I also didn't get an installation ID string of 20 or more characters with it either, or if I did, I don't know where it is. The box that the PC came in is up in the attic full of Christmas decorations, so while I CAN get to it, it's a bit of a hassle.

So, if I upgrade to W7 Pro Edition online, I've been told that all I'll probably get is an email with a new ID string, but will I need the old one to tell Microsoft that I have an authentic edition?

Regardless, I suppose I should have the current Home Ed's ID string written down someplace, so where can I find it or get it?

Also, I've seen some discussions on here on the value of doing a clean install vs upgrading, but I'm not all that PC literate, and I don't really want to risk losing what I've already transferred from my old PC to my new one plus any new stuff. Plus, being unemployed (the money used to buy the new PC was part of a job exit settlement), I'm pretty much played out financially when it comes to PC enhancements, so an upgrade copy sounds a lot less expensive than buying W7 Pro's complete package.

Any ideas would be very much appreciated. I Googled something like "help for problems with W7" and SevenForums.com came up - I'm so glad there's a central point for information and discussions from rational PC users who speak and write in English, mostly.

Thanks,

K3yP1ayer
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