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Windows 7: Install windows 7 if I have a serial, but not the DVD?

27 Dec 2009   #1

Windows XP SP2
 
 
Install windows 7 if I have a serial, but not the DVD?

Hi,

Kind of sucks that I registered here and that my first post is asking for help...

Anyway, a month ago I bought a laptop which came with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. However, it had issues (for those who know about the issue, it's when "Not Responding" error constantly appears in all applications. Something to do with setting the drives to work in IDE or AHCI mode). So I put Windows XP on it, erasing the 7.

But then 2 days ago I got myself a desktop. It's relatively high end, but it's custom built. Did not come with an OS installed. So I put Ubuntu Linux on it. But I'd like to install the 7.

So can I do it somehow for free? I have the 7 Home Premium serial number on the sticker on the bottom of my laptop, but I don't have the DVDs. Is it somehow possible to download the DVDs of the internet, and then put my serial number in?

I know I could find it on the torrent websites, but I am not sure I want to do that. Would it be legal to download a copy of windows 7 from a torrent website, but then put my serial number during the installation?

Thanks for your help!

-Bo

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Sorry, you can't use your laptop OEM sticker key to activate any other than the version that is locked to that laptop hardware. You are wasting an expensive Windows 7 license on that laptop by using retro XP on it, too.

Suggest you eventually buy an Upgrade version for your Desktop and use your XP as qualifier to Upgrade. XP doesn't even have to be installed, just have it on hand and not use it after installing Windows 7.

I would find an installer for Windows 7 and clean install to your laptop, which will activate using the key on the sticker. A clean install should overcome any problems that were likely due to the bloatware on your factory install. The drivers are all in the installer and delivered by Windows Updates. There are more drivers and apps on the Support Downloads page for your model laptop.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2009   #3

Windows XP SP2
 
 

Greg,

Thanks for a swift reply! Well, the reason I downgraded is because Windows 7 was not behaving well on my laptop. It was really frustrating. I've encountered several people that had the same problem, but no one has come up with a solution.

But still, if what you said is correct, I'll definitely try it.

Also, I am a student - so I'm eligible for the $29.99 copy of Windows 7. Is that a full copy, or an upgrade? I'm thinking of creating a separate partition for Windows 7, as I don't want to reinstall all my programs again. I do have an external harddrive, but, again, I won't be able to transfer programs anyway.
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27 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

I believe the student download is full version, but it doesn't matter because that XP qualifies you for Upgrade version whether the XP is installed or not.

So buy the Upgrade for your PC, then also use the installer to install Windows 7 back to your laptop to activate with the key on the license sticker.

You have to reinstall your programs whether you create a dual boot or not. They cannot run on the other OS. We also have a lot of problems with dual booting Ubuntu with Windows 7. You need to remove and then reinstall the GRUB bootloader to manage boot after Windows 7 install.

What are the exact issues on the laptop?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2009   #5

Windows XP SP2
 
 

Greg,

But why would I purchase an upgrade, when purchasing a full version is cheaper for me?

Thanks,
Bo
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

No reason to purchase full version unless you get it cheaper, agreed.

I'm only saying if the student download you are referring to is different than the one I have heard is Full Version, but is only Upgrade, then it will still work for you.

What are the laptop issues?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2009   #7

Windows XP SP2
 
 

Okay, I'm glad we cleared that up. The laptop issues are very strange. For a brief second or two, every now and then (but it's like during the whole day, at least once in 15 minutes, making it very annoying), whatever program it is that I am running stops responding. Again, it stops responding for about 1-3 seconds, but it's really annoying. It does not matter if it's Firefox, Explorer, Skype... they just stop. And it is nothing special that I am doing with those programs to cause them to stop responding; they just do.

I did extensive research and found many folks with the same issue. Apparently, the possible fix is switching from the AHCI mode to IDE in motherboard BIOS. I did that, but then Windows 7 fails to boot completely.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2009   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deusdies View Post
Okay, I'm glad we cleared that up. The laptop issues are very strange. For a brief second or two, every now and then (but it's like during the whole day, at least once in 15 minutes, making it very annoying), whatever program it is that I am running stops responding. Again, it stops responding for about 1-3 seconds, but it's really annoying. It does not matter if it's Firefox, Explorer, Skype... they just stop. And it is nothing special that I am doing with those programs to cause them to stop responding; they just do.

I did extensive research and found many folks with the same issue. Apparently, the possible fix is switching from the AHCI mode to IDE in motherboard BIOS. I did that, but then Windows 7 fails to boot completely.
Also, make sure all your memory is recognized. Go to task manager and check out your memory.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2009   #9

Windows XP SP2
 
 

Will do that - thanks!
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27 Dec 2009   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

If memory is ok, Type in event viewer in search and look for errors around the time of the problem. Keep us informed.
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