Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2
Sounds like it is an upgrade key.
You are supposed to have a qualifying version of windows already.
It says 7 qualifies - you could install 7100RC - with a key ( it's free) and use that. MS are no longer providing the d/l of 7100 - you probably know someone who has one. I believe you can still get the keys - they only gave out 10 - so any one will do. Get it from your friend, or Ixquick for it.
Hard to believe there isn't a way to install on a blank HD - time will tell.
Once you have it installed - make an image and save it somewhere safe - just in case you need to reinstall sometime in the future - put the image back on instead.
Macrium Reflect free is a great free image program. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
Note if you are doing an UPGRADE you don't actually have to have an "Activated" version of Windows - so you could "borrow" a copy of a qualifying previous version of windows, install the bare minimum, don't activate but just install your upgrade over the top of the old version. -- If you are installing a 64 bit version you'll need VISTA 64 bit version for upgrade, otherwise XB or Vista x-86 will do.
You'll have to do the upgrade immediately however as you might get a message "This copy of Windows must be activated within 3 days (not the normal 30) when you install the previous version of Windows before you do your upgrade.
You can still do a "Clean install" BTW but you still need a previous version of Windows to start the installation process.
(Note -- keep an ISO image copy of the previous version of Windows in case you need to wipe your disk and re-install your Windows 7 upgrade again).
I'm pretty sure that the "Upgrade" process doesn't check for "Activation" or even if the copy of Windows being upgraded came from a torrent -- MS would in any case be quite happy for people to replace torrent / pirate copies with legal ones anyway. I can't check directly since my RTM copy of Windows is a full version obtained via TECHNET subscription. I'm not sure if there are any "Upgrade version only" disks out there to test this yet. If anybody has got an Upgrade only version please try this and post the results.