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Windows 7: Reactivating the Release Candidate

18 Jul 2009   #1
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 
Reactivating the Release Candidate

I am a bit confused about the need to reactivate or extend the activation of the Release Candidate (7100). A tutorial about extending the period to 120 days does not specifically mention the RC and I am just wondering. Does it expire on August 1? Can some one please set me straight?

Thank you very much.


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18 Jul 2009   #2
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

As long as you had a legitimate key obtained from Microsoft then you will not have to reactivate or extend activation and the evaluation will end in March 2010.
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18 Jul 2009   #3
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 

Thank you very much.

I used the key I got when I downloaded the RC from Microsoft so I guess that is about as legitimate as I can get .
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18 Jul 2009   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsquareg View Post
Thank you very much.

I used the key I got when I downloaded the RC from Microsoft so I guess that is about as legitimate as I can get .
want to find out when yours expires type winver in search

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24 Oct 2009   #5
chicobill

Windows 7 RC
 
 
How to activate RC permanetly

Is there going to be a way to buy. register & permanelty activate windows 7 Release Candidate in April without a clean install ?
If I have to reinstall the darn thing over then I am going back to XP or Linux
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24 Oct 2009   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chicobill View Post
Is there going to be a way to buy. register & permanelty activate windows 7 Release Candidate in April without a clean install ?
If I have to reinstall the darn thing over then I am going back to XP or Linux
Why would you want to use 'an incomplete' version of the OS for an extended period of time? Seriously, reinstalling a few apps and copying some data files back is not that big of a deal. And considering that you are willing to go back to XP or switch to Linux...you would have to reinstall your apps and copy your data back anyway.
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24 Oct 2009   #7
sevicetech

Windows 7/Linux Ubuntu
 
 

+1, my system runs better with a fresh install of the retail upgrade media. The RC has some bugs that got taken care of in the retail version.
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24 Oct 2009   #8
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chicobill View Post
Is there going to be a way to buy. register & permanelty activate windows 7 Release Candidate in April without a clean install ?
If I have to reinstall the darn thing over then I am going back to XP or Linux
The Win7 upgrade isn't supposed to permit an upgrade-in-place over the RC.

I have read that it's possible to hack the installer to permit an upgrade-in-place. It's basically the same hack as MS published to upgrade-in-place from the public beta (build 7000) to the RC (7100). A little Googling yielded:

How To Upgrade Windows 7 RC To RTM

I'd strongly recommend a clean install, though, even in preference to an officially supported upgrade.
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