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Windows 7: Install RTM, then activate w/ key in October?

02 Sep 2009   #11

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

RTM is not available unless you have an MSDN/AA, TechConnect account or other subscription service, in which a legitimate key will register your copy of windows 7.

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02 Sep 2009   #12

vista
 
 
Correct

Yes. Of course that is correct however the RTM is what will be released in the retail box on October 22 so if you have access to technet and want to use the image and wait until keys arrive there is nothing legally stopping you. The reason for not using the technet keys is that they are not meant for personal use.

Therefore the original poster obviously had access to the RTM but wanted to take advantage of the rearm until his "personal" keys came. MS has no issue with this at all, it is obviously a good promotion of Windows 7. What we wanted to know that if a legitimate upgrade was done, would he just paste his keys in to the activate box come October 22 and be on his merry MS way?

So in conclusion he is trying to do the right thing as far as licence goes but use the legitimate rearm process available. This question will be a big one as people are excited about windows 7 and I have not been able to find a statement from MS about this exact scenario.

However reading this post the answer appears to be yes but it is an educated guess.
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03 Sep 2009   #13

all of the above
 
 

ok, ttremeth hit the op's scenario head on from what i read.

now i got a fanciful question i'd like to ask. i think this approach would be a much easier approach than swapping keys and whatnot: assuming everything i have is legit (which it is, including a legal older copy of windows), can i do an upgrade install of windows 7 home premium on TOP of that said windows 7 home premium AND keep all of my old settings using the said legit upgrade key? i have a new computer and an unused xp key. i don't feel like clean installing in a month and a half.

hell, i'll make the question even easier: can i upgrade windows 7 with windows 7 w/o a clean install? the upgrade chart ms provided neglected to mention that scenario.
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03 Sep 2009   #14

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I dont believe you would be able to do an inplace upgrade under those circumstances.
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03 Sep 2009   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

It is not normal practice to enable an upgrade from a pre-release to a retail release - although microsoft has published details on how to achieve this although they do not recommend it.

These upgrade options are of course limited to SKU - so the Ultimate RC could only be upgraded to the Ultimate RTM/Retail

RTM is Released to Manufacturing not Released to Manufacturer a subtle difference but important - the RTM build is the retail build, and will be in the box come October 22.
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03 Sep 2009   #16

all of the above
 
 

ok that clears everything up, then. i guess i'll try not to get too cozy with xp in the next 6 weeks. thanks!
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04 Sep 2009   #17
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windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Default Product Key and Product Key

What is the difference between a Windows 7 Default Product Key and a Product Key?
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04 Sep 2009   #18

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

A default product key is one that is hard coded into the OS that allows for temporary activation while you are evaluating Windows 7.
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04 Sep 2009   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Basically the Windows software protection scheme requires a product key to work therefor to allow for the 30 days grace period an default Key is provided. this key provides time limited functionality.

To provide unlimited operation a valid key is required
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04 Sep 2009   #20
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windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the info Guys.
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