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Windows 7: Upgrade to win7 with JUST OEM key??


04 Dec 2009   #1

Vista HP 32 bit
 
 
Upgrade to win7 with JUST OEM key??

At the moment I cant access anything on my computer (due to a grub error 15) and i need a way off accessing my files. I have 1 one idea of getting a new hard drive and then putting Windows 7 on that new hard drive then from there going in the back way to get my files of the hard drive.

I have vista on my hard drive and i have the product key (off side of case) and i was wondering if i get a new clean hard drive, can i get an upgrade version of Windows 7 and then install it on new hard drive with just the OEM vista key??

I am not sure if this will work .. after 2 hours of searching in google this is my last resort!

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04 Dec 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

No... your Vista key will not work on a windows 7 install... you will need a Windows 7 key...
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04 Dec 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Suggest you download new EasyBCD 2.0 beta, Remove the GRUB bootloader and Rebuild Vista bootloader. That GRUB will bollix any Windows 7 dual boot anyway.

It is always a good idea to put your new Windows 7 on a separate HD, either allowing it to configure a dual boot with Vista, or unplugging the Vista drive during install so that afterwards when you plug it back in you choose which to boot using BIOS Boot Menu shortcut F-key given on first bootup screen - this makes them completely independent without shared dependency on MBR.

If you use a Windows 7 Upgrade, boot from the DVD and format the drive first. If you keep the Vista drive plugged, the DVD will see it and allow you to insert the key. If you unplug Vista, you will have to use a quick workaround to get key accepted when the installer can't see Vista.
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04 Dec 2009   #4

Vista HP 32 bit
 
 

Ok but i have no way of getting that to my computer!
if i could i would :-s

is it possible to...
can i get an upgrade version of Windows 7 and then install it on new hard drive with just the OEM vista key??
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04 Dec 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonny0007 View Post
is it possible to...
can i get an upgrade version of Windows 7 and then install it on new hard drive with just the OEM vista key??
Certainly not. Why would Windows 7 acccept a Vista OEM key?

Install Windows 7 to separate drive or partition if you want to browse for your Vista files and cannot start up Vista. You will need a Windows 7 key within 30 days to activate.

If you want to get Vista started up, boot into Vista DVD Repair console>Recovery Tools and run Startup Repair 3 times to rebuild the MBR being borked by GRUB.

If this fails with the message that there is nothing to repair, boot back into Repair console>Command Line and run (without quotes) "bootrec.exe /fixboot" and "bootrec.exe /fixmbr" then restart

or if those don't work run "Bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force".

Do you want to keep Vista, or just get the files off of it and then Upgrade to Windows 7?
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04 Dec 2009   #6

Vista HP 32 bit
 
 

ok i had just heard somewhere that it might!

If i get an upgrade version of Windows 7 then install on the hard drive and do a clean install. will that wipe all the partitions? or will it keep them and install on the main one that vista is installed on atm?

Thank you for your time btw!

If i can get to my files is a bonus and i do not vista dvd it never came with one! (dont know why) and i would like to upgrade to Windows 7
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04 Dec 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

If you have a version of Windows 7 now, which is it? RTM, RC, Ultimate?

What version do you want to buy to have a key?
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04 Dec 2009   #8

Vista HP 32 bit
 
 

I dont...... i will be ordering ultimate once i know if i can upgrade.

Or if i cant upgrade???
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04 Dec 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes you can Upgrade.

Boot from the Windows 7 DVD and select Custom install and Advanced drive tools to select the drive or partition where you want to install, or create a new one, then format it and install. The DVD will see Vista when it first boots up and allow the Upgrade key, even if you decide to format over Vista.

It should config a dual boot, and give you access to Vista's files if Vista still will not boot.

The problem is the GRUB bootloader which might continue to interfere and bollix the Windows 7 dual boot.

If this occurs, I suggest you unplug the Vista HD, clean install Windows 7 to another HD, then plug Vista back in as a data drive to pull files.

You may need to mark Vista HD inactive if it interferes with Windows 7 booting; this can be done easily with free Partition Wizard bootable partition manager.

You can install Windows 7 Upgrade to a clean HD without Vista being present by using this workaround:
http://community.winsupersite.com/bl...he-answer.aspx
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04 Dec 2009   #10

Vista HP 32 bit
 
 

Thank you thats all makes sense then files that are on there are music and homework.

If i upgrade can i format the hard drive first then? so it will wipe everything inclueing partitions?

Will that work? cause that might get rid of grub all together?
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