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Windows 7: Need to reinstall Windows 7 from free upgrade offered in 2009

05 May 2012   #1
johnny71181

Windows Vista 64 bit
 
 
Need to reinstall Windows 7 from free upgrade offered in 2009

Hi everyone,

When my laptop was purchased back in 2009, it was given a free upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 because 7 was just about to come out. Now, I have restored my laptop to factory settings, which returned it to Windows Vista. Is there a way I can access the free upgrade again?

Thanks in advance for any help.
John


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05 May 2012   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When I got my free upgrade, MS actually sent me a physical disk that I installed from. Do you not have a physical DVD somewhere?
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05 May 2012   #3
johnny71181

Windows Vista 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
When I got my free upgrade, MS actually sent me a physical disk that I installed from. Do you not have a physical DVD somewhere?
No, I think we got a code online somehow and downloaded it.
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05 May 2012   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you still have the install code, I think you can download the ISO's from Digital River and install those. Just search here for Digital River and you should find the links.
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05 May 2012   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

The Win7 Upgrade kit included a clean copy Win7 DVD which can be clean reinstalled without first installing Vista. It is a standard Win7 installer for your version with an OEM Product Key which locks to the mobo once it is activated so it can't be moved elsewhere.

If you didn't save the installer you'll need to at least have the Product Key to reinstall it. Then you can find everything you need in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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06 May 2012   #6
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Johnny,
The easy way with the greatest flexibility:
buy an upgrade copy of win 7.
Use the tutorial in this forum to make a clean install of Win 7 using an Upgrade disc.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

True, this isn't the cheapest solution but presents you with greater flexibility.
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