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Windows 7: no RC to Retail?!

04 Oct 2009   #1
BigBrother

Windows 7 Ultimate, final build
 
 
no RC to Retail?!

I'm usually on IRC a lot so i asked around about my Win7 RC install and if it would continue if i used a retail key. according to about 6 or so people, i cannot.

any input ?


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04 Oct 2009   #2
Snufffed

 

on IRC or not.

RC will not accept a OEM or RETAIL KEY. unless you do a lot of hacking. (Illegal).
RETAIL or OEM will not accept a RC KEY. unless you do a lot of hacking.
(ILLEGAL).
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04 Oct 2009   #3
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigBrother View Post
I'm usually on IRC a lot so i asked around about my Win7 RC install and if it would continue if i used a retail key. according to about 6 or so people, i cannot.

any input ?
The Release Candidate will expire in March of next year. I believe your sources are correct that your retail key will not keep it alive.

If you are going to have a retail copy, why would you want to keep the RC running?
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04 Oct 2009   #4
BigBrother

Windows 7 Ultimate, final build
 
 

uhh... i'm kinda pretty much SET in my RC install... i like how everything is set and what not.
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04 Oct 2009   #5
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Get ready to be UP-SET if you plan to continue using the RC version, because it will cease to function after 3/2010 ..
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04 Oct 2009   #6
QuackPot

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Fresh installs are the way to go.
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04 Oct 2009   #7
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

You might want to look into something like Free backup software for Windows - GFI Backup Home Edition


"...GFI Backup 2009 allows you to back up all your important documents, photos, music, emails and program settings using a simple but smart wizard-driven interface to nearly every storage device (including local and external disk drives, LAN, CD/DVD, removable devices, remote FTP servers, etc.)...."

Can't hurt to give it a try and see if it can backup your settings so you can restore them when you have to move from the RC to the retail.
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04 Oct 2009   #8
Perrybucsdad

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86
 
 

Wouldn't he be able to just overlay the retail install and not do a fresh install?
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04 Oct 2009   #9
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

yes if he buys the Ultimate version.

but it might take a trick, and I wouldn't recommend it anyways.
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04 Oct 2009   #10
BigBrother

Windows 7 Ultimate, final build
 
 

i pre-ordered Win7 ultimate. but i like what Schaft is suggesting. if i can just dump a selected number of programs over i'd be happy.
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