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Windows 7: Almost no response from windows 7..angry wife

09 Sep 2010   #151

Windows 7 64 bit

Not sure where it fell over last time so set it going again. Seems to be fine second time round in that it has restarted. sorry time wasting

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09 Sep 2010   #152

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

That particular error can be like that - one misplaced spot of dust on the disk or the drive lens can cause it, so nothing to apologise for
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09 Sep 2010   #153

Windows 7 64 bit

next hitch is it says the prodcut key is invalid. 110% sure I have typed it correctly. Is this because I havent wiped the RAID drives and that product key it still in use?
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09 Sep 2010   #154


If it is Upgrade version key then

skip the key insertion step

because when you install to wiped HD

you'll have to wait until after install

to to do a workaround to get it to accept key:

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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09 Sep 2010   #155

Windows 7 64 bit

ah didnt realise I could miss the step of putting in product key i.e. leave it blank. However after I go activate I get this error:

0xC004F061 The software licensing service determined this specific product key can only be used for upgrading not for clean installation.
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09 Sep 2010   #156

Windows 7 64 bit

I have tried phone activation and spoken to someone at Microsoft. They say I cannot use this upgrade disk to install windows 7. I must reinstall Vista and then perform the upgrade. I think this is where we started 16 pages ago so please tell me they are wrong!
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09 Sep 2010   #157

Windows 7 64 bit

I'm really getting my knickers in twist. Re read the tuturial and found the registry workaround which has worked. so seems I am all up and running. Thanks for assisitance and apologise for my flailing. Mike
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09 Sep 2010   #158


Congratulations on getting up and running!

Since this was posted several pages back, you might have forgotten the rest of these steps, too:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you have an Upgrade version DVD it may not accept the Product Key upfront. If not, continue with installation anyway, then when you get to the desktop use one of the workarounds given here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Use the drivers given by Win7 installer and optional Windows Updates first. I would not change out any drivers unless performance dictates or driver is missing in Device Manager. You should get the latest display driver in Updates, but if not import it from Dell.

Install programs slowly over time to gauge any performance changes. Don't allow any programs other than AV and gadgets to write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they are freeloaders on CPU/RAM and can spy on you. Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials with the Windows Firewall only.

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner and Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers. Then save a Win7 backup image so you never have to reinstall again.

Windows 7 requires no tweaking other than normal system settings - it will absolutely work against you!
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09 Sep 2010   #159

Windows 7 64 bit

got as far running registry cleaner and defragger. Having a complete mare with trying to create a system image using windows backup. Firstly tried onto a network drive and got various errors so to save time tried to putit on the other partition of this pc. Didn't throw an error, but has been spinning it's wheels for 2 hours whch is far too long. Couldn't do anything with pc so had to power off - ouch. On restarting the backup seems to show a system image of 10GB - is that the right sort of size as have not installed any programs except cleaners?

Also had an issue with having to do a startup repair after the 2nd lot of windows updates was installed. Started ok 2nd time. Just wondering if any of this is a sign that this pc can't handle Win7?
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09 Sep 2010   #160

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Why in the world would you run registry cleaners on a fresh install, you need to install Windows 7 and get aquainted with it before you start mucking up the system
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