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Windows 7: How to install 7 from release candidate key

18 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How to install 7 from release candidate key

I have a friend who who bought Windows 7 (I think Professional) x64 from school via the Microsoft Academic Alliance when it was Release Candidate 2. The issue we are running into is re-installing it. We don't have the original CD, but we do have the key. I have a CD full of 7 OEM installs, but I can't find one that will accept this key. I have the PC installed to OEMALL 7 Pro currently hoping that I could then change the key, but it won't accept it, it says the key is not valid.

Anyone have an idea how to re install this version of 7?

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18 Oct 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Angate View Post
I have a friend who who bought Windows 7 (I think Professional) x64 from school via the Microsoft Academic Alliance when it was Release Candidate 2. The issue we are running into is re-installing it. We don't have the original CD, but we do have the key. I have a CD full of 7 OEM installs, but I can't find one that will accept this key. I have the PC installed to OEMALL 7 Pro currently hoping that I could then change the key, but it won't accept it, it says the key is not valid.

Anyone have an idea how to re install this version of 7?
win 7 RC has long since expired and cannot be used i believe. Was long ago replaced by RTM and the version keys I dont believe interchangeable as you are finding out
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18 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

My bud said he paid $13 to upgrade the key after R2, so I wonder if it is compatible with RTM? He was using the computer with this key until a week ago.
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18 Oct 2011   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Angate View Post
My bud said he paid $13 to upgrade the key after R2, so I wonder if it is compatible with RTM? He was using the computer with this key until a week ago.
I dont believe there were keys for RC, and if he has/had a legit purchased one it needs to be installed on the correct version of win 7, ie AN OEM key on an OEM version, a retail key on a retail version.

AN upgrade key may require you to have an OS installed before it can be upgraded.
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18 Oct 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Any retail installer can be used to reinstall Windows 7. I would want one with SP1.

Here are the steps to get a perfect clean reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7
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