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Windows 7: Ultimate key with home premium disk will it work

20 Jan 2010   #1
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 
Ultimate key with home premium disk will it work

Hello all

Well as the title says i have a genuine ultimate key from work left over from copies bought for testing but no ultimate install discs

I can get my hands on copies of home premium or professional that i can borrow/copy but what i want to know is there a difference in the discs so if i use ultimate key will i end up with a fully working install of ultimate or will it default back to disc type or will it just not work

Or does anyone know of the download link from digital river or somewhere where i can obtain a copy (i dont mean torrents by the way im not into that) if thats allowed.

Any input gratefully recieved


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20 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
Hello all

Well as the title says i have a genuine ultimate key from work left over from copies bought for testing but no ultimate install discs

I can get my hands on copies of home premium or professional that i can borrow/copy but what i want to know is there a difference in the discs so if i use ultimate key will i end up with a fully working install of ultimate or will it default back to disc type or will it just not work

Or does anyone know of the download link from digital river or somewhere where i can obtain a copy (i dont mean torrents by the way im not into that) if thats allowed.

Any input gratefully recieved
The key determines what you get. I have heard that not entering the key during installation, will make the system ask what version is wanted. The DVD are all the same except for the bit

Hope that I have helped you, since you have helped so many.
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20 Jan 2010   #3
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Hello Pauly, as richc said, the key determines what you get.

I'm going to send you a PM so stay around for a few
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20 Jan 2010   #4
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
The key determines what you get. If you do not put your key, while installing, you will be asked what version you are interested in. The DVD are all the same except for the bit

Hope that I have helped you, since you have helped so many.
Are you quite sure that's true?

I have a retail upgrade version. Its ei.cfg file labels it as Home Premium, Retail.

Would this installer accept an Ultimate key?

I vaguely recall reading that this file can be eliminated to produce a generic installer, but I haven't tried it.
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20 Jan 2010   #5
richdave

WIndows 7 Professional and Vista Home Premium x64
 
 

you can edit the iso and delete the ei.cfg file and then you get the choice of what version to install... assuming you have the appropriate key for the version you want to install

It works.. I have done this
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20 Jan 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
The key determines what you get. If you do not put your key, while installing, you will be asked what version you are interested in. The DVD are all the same except for the bit

Hope that I have helped you, since you have helped so many.
Are you quite sure that's true?

I have a retail upgrade version. Its ei.cfg file labels it as Home Premium, Retail.

Would this installer accept an Ultimate key?

I vaguely recall reading that this file can be eliminated to produce a generic installer, but I haven't tried it.
Based upon every response, on other posts, from people I respect, I would say yes.
But did not do it myslef. Another poster on this thread also agrees.
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20 Jan 2010   #7
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
The key determines what you get. If you do not put your key, while installing, you will be asked what version you are interested in. The DVD are all the same except for the bit

Hope that I have helped you, since you have helped so many.
Are you quite sure that's true?

I have a retail upgrade version. Its ei.cfg file labels it as Home Premium, Retail.

Would this installer accept an Ultimate key?

I vaguely recall reading that this file can be eliminated to produce a generic installer, but I haven't tried it.
Based upon every response, on other posts, from people I respect, I would say yes.
But did not do it myslef. Another poster on this thread also agrees.
Deleting the ei.cfg does allow the ability to choose the version during installation. Although not entering a key doesn't.
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20 Jan 2010   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Extract installer files to desktop, delete ei.cfg file from Sources, then recompile into an ISO to burn to DVD:

Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files

This gives you an all-versions installer. Choose the version which matches your key before install.
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21 Jan 2010   #9
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Thanks everyone for their responses, got this problem sorted another member kindly helped me out with an ultimate disc so i can get the install done
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