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Windows 7: Upgrade Key not Accepted

03 Jun 2016   #1
sgmdew

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 
Upgrade Key not Accepted

After installing my 7 pro os when I enter the key I get msg that key is valid for upgrade only and not accepted. Maybe I'm using wrong key but none on the disc or the package that came from MS or it's package. Is there anywhere in the files on the disc that the key would be listed or someway to find/get it, thanks.


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03 Jun 2016   #2
derekimo

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The easiest thing to try would be option 3 of this tutorial,

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

If that doesn't work one of the other methods should.
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03 Jun 2016   #3
sgmdew

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Will try thanks.
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03 Jun 2016   #4
sgmdew

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks that worked great; now question 2, can I upgrade win 7 32bit to 64bit, thanks again.
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03 Jun 2016   #5
derekimo

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Glad to hear it, you're welcome.

No you can't upgrade 32bit to 64bit, you have to clean install.

The same key should work for either though.
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03 Jun 2016   #6
sgmdew

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

would I need to run the "activate windows bat" again, thanks
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03 Jun 2016   #7
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sgmdew View Post
would I need to run the "activate windows bat" again, thanks
Highly probable that you would, but I've never known that "option 3" to fail, as in that tutorial.
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03 Jun 2016   #8
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

I have a 7 upgrade key and in my experience upgrade keys don't automatically activate after a clean install. There is a registry hack but that hasn't worked for me. Sometimes the activation assistance help but sometimes they don't. The best thing for me to do is to install Vista and then perform an upgrade install. Perhaps you should do the same. Before you can upgrade Vista you have to have sp1 installed. If you are using an XP key to perform the upgrade then all you need to do is call the activation assistance line and tell them that you are upgrading XP. They should then help you because they know that you can't perform an upgrade install on XP.
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03 Jun 2016   #9
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sgmdew View Post
would I need to run the "activate windows bat" again, thanks
Since it's a clean install, you most likely will.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
I have a 7 upgrade key and in my experience upgrade keys don't automatically activate after a clean install. There is a registry hack but that hasn't worked for me. Sometimes the activation assistance help but sometimes they don't. The best thing for me to do is to install Vista and then perform an upgrade install. Perhaps you should do the same. Before you can upgrade Vista you have to have sp1 installed. If you are using an XP key to perform the upgrade then all you need to do is call the activation assistance line and tell them that you are upgrading XP. They should then help you because they know that you can't perform an upgrade install on XP.
The "registry hack" option did work for them though.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sgmdew View Post
Thanks that worked great...
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03 Jun 2016   #10
sgmdew

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Re-installed win 7 with 64bit iso and then ran the bat file again and registered with no problems, thanks derekimo for the bat file info.
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