Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24
Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
If you clean install to a wiped HDD then you have to either do a repair install from the desktop (upgrade over itself) or a workaround given by Peregrine above to get it to activate: http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/cle...rade_media.asp
This is perfectly legal, the workaround is being given out by MS tech support.
What happened is that your installer when booted saw no previous OS so it rejected the Upgrade key. These workarounds correct for this.
I want to note though his registry hack has not been considered legal via Microsoft yet...
Paul Thurott also makes a note of this
Several users reported in the stickied thread here and elsewhere that MS tech support gave them that exact registry workaround.
All of MS clarifications I have seen have been to say that you need to meet the EULA of having a prevous qualifying OS whether or not it is installed.
But they have been cagey, knowing that clean installed Upgrade key enforcement is near impossible since an Upgrade is also the repair install, which is why the Vista "upgrade over itself" trick was never foreclosed by MS: it would cut off access to Repair install!