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Windows 7: Clean Installation With An Upgrade Disk


18 Nov 2010   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Clean Installation With An Upgrade Disk

My memory is lagging, so when I just installed Windows 7 on a new hard drive on my secondary rig, I didn't enter the license key and unchecked the box for it to automatically activate. When I attempted to enter the key and activate it later, it said that I couldn't do a clean install with an upgrade disk.

I scanned through the tutorial, and it said that I should have entered the key during the installation, with the activation box unchecked. The question is can I salvage the installation, or do I have to start over?


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18 Nov 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Now do an "upgrade" install over the first and enter the key for this one.
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18 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Just a sec. Try entering the product key at the command line.

Open an elevated cmd, then type: slmgr -ipk <product key>

Hit Enter.

After key successfully installed message pops up (it may take a minute), type: slmgr -ato

Hit Enter.

Let us know.
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18 Nov 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Just a sec. Try entering the product key at the command line.

Open an elevated cmd, then type: slmgr -ipk <product key>

Hit Enter.

After key successfully installed message pops up (it may take a minute), type: slmgr -ato

Hit Enter.

Let us know.
I'd be interested to know if that works too.
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18 Nov 2010   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

After the first enter, it responded that simgr is not a recognized command.
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18 Nov 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Just a sec. Try entering the product key at the command line.

Open an elevated cmd, then type: slmgr -ipk <product key>

Hit Enter.

After key successfully installed message pops up (it may take a minute), type: slmgr -ato

Hit Enter.

Let us know.
I'd be interested to know if that works too.
Here's the command(s) I used before.
click to enlarge
Clean Installation With An Upgrade Disk-productkey-install.jpg


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18 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
After the first enter, it responded that simgr is not a recognized command.
Its slmgr (with an l), not simgr.
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18 Nov 2010   #8

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Ahh! I need to get my glasses checked. I found an old Paul Thurrott article that I have used in the past, and I still had trouble, because I'm not sure how to run CMD with elevated privileges?
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18 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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18 Nov 2010   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Thanks, I think that did the trick...at least it said that it was successful. I will have to wait to enter the key, until I get the WIFI connection, so that it can go online.
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