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Windows 7: Upgrading from RC to retail (upgrade version)


23 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 RC
 
 
Upgrading from RC to retail (upgrade version)

Hey guys. I know this has probably been asked a million times before, I'm sorry though I don't have time to look and I want an up-to-date answer.

Anyway, I am currently using Windows 7 RC. A while back, I purchased Windows 7 Professional from the Digital River student offer (for $30, good thing I'm a student).

Then I found out it's an upgrade version, but it doesn't matter since there are workarounds to do a fresh install with it anyway.

However, I wanted to see if there are any options of upgrading from RC to the retail/upgrade version that I bought. The thing is, I HATE the hassle of resetting everything and reinstalling all the programs manually. I also have a ton of games installer besides just that, it'll take bloody forever to get everything done.

I was wondering if there was any way to preserve on that. I've been doing this stuff for a while and I know it's normally not possible but I stopped following the hardware industry a while ago so who knows what's possible now. I just wanted to ask about all the possible installation options and I know for example if you edit a file on the Windows 7 disk you can enable the upgrade option, but it will store all your files in a folder called windows.old and not save all your program installations or something...

Can somebody just clear this up for me? I'll really appreciate it, thanks.

-Ed


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23 Jan 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Many have reported good results doing an in-place Upgrade from the RC using this popular workaround: Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to any retail version Icrontic Tech
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23 Jan 2010   #3

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)
 
 

Although you are upgrading to RTM, you are downgrading from Ultimate RC to Pro RTM. This : UNAWAVE - Downgrade Ultimate to Home Premium or Professional will help you to do the RC downgrade first, then to upgrade RC to RTM, follow this guide: How to Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to RTM (Final Release) - the How-To Geek

edit... use gregrockers link first, it's easier to follow 1 guide rather than 2!
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24 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Thanks guys! Those tutorials are going to be extremely useful.

However, there is one more issue:
When I go to the files I've downloaded from Digital River, I only have 3 files:

setup1.box
setup2.box
Windows 7-P-Retail-en-us-x64.exe.

So... there isn't exactly a way I can change the version file so I can change the build number. As of now.
Can anyone tell me what's up with that? Perhaps some way to extract them or...?
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24 Jan 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Use this first to create a bootable ISO to burn to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x with Verify. You'll need it for reinstalls and repair, too.

Make bootable iso from student d/l

After Step Two, edit the version number as given in the workaround, then continue with the Steps to create an ISO to burn.

Here is an alternate method to recompiling an ISO after editing files: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files
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24 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

I followed the directions Gregrocker posted a link to at icrontic.com a few days ago to do a upgrade of RC1 to Home Premium and it worked perfectly (actually an upgrade and a downgrade combined). When everything was done, my RC1 setup was exactly as before, with all shares intact, all tweaks and customization intact. The only thing I had to do for some weird reason was uninstall and reinstall my HP DeskJet 932c printer.

It was the easiest, least stressful Windows install I've ever done and so far I've had absolutely no problems.
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25 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Use this first to create a bootable ISO to burn to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x with Verify. You'll need it for reinstalls and repair, too.

Make bootable iso from student d/l

After Step Two, edit the version number as given in the workaround, then continue with the Steps to create an ISO to burn.

Here is an alternate method to recompiling an ISO after editing files: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files
Wait, don't I just need to do the unpack, edit the version number (and the registry editing) and simply start installing from my computer? As far as I know in the previous tutorials I don't actually need to boot from the CD, but just launch the setup file from the computer.
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25 Jan 2010   #8

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiTos456 View Post
Hey guys. I know this has probably been asked a million times before, I'm sorry though I don't have time to look and I want an up-to-date answer.

Anyway, I am currently using Windows 7 RC. A while back, I purchased Windows 7 Professional from the Digital River student offer (for $30, good thing I'm a student).

Then I found out it's an upgrade version, but it doesn't matter since there are workarounds to do a fresh install with it anyway.

However, I wanted to see if there are any options of upgrading from RC to the retail/upgrade version that I bought. The thing is, I HATE the hassle of resetting everything and reinstalling all the programs manually. I also have a ton of games installer besides just that, it'll take bloody forever to get everything done.

I was wondering if there was any way to preserve on that. I've been doing this stuff for a while and I know it's normally not possible but I stopped following the hardware industry a while ago so who knows what's possible now. I just wanted to ask about all the possible installation options and I know for example if you edit a file on the Windows 7 disk you can enable the upgrade option, but it will store all your files in a folder called windows.old and not save all your program installations or something...

Can somebody just clear this up for me? I'll really appreciate it, thanks.

-Ed
Hi ed

Probably not. RC is ultimate. Did you get Ultimate from digital river? if not you are going to have to do the clean install.
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25 Jan 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiTos456 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Use this first to create a bootable ISO to burn to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x with Verify. You'll need it for reinstalls and repair, too.

Make bootable iso from student d/l

After Step Two, edit the version number as given in the workaround, then continue with the Steps to create an ISO to burn.

Here is an alternate method to recompiling an ISO after editing files: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files
Wait, don't I just need to do the unpack, edit the version number (and the registry editing) and simply start installing from my computer? As far as I know in the previous tutorials I don't actually need to boot from the CD, but just launch the setup file from the computer.
Yes, that should work since you are doing an in-place Upgrade from the desktop anyway.

I gave the steps to burn to DVD so you would have an installer for future use including repairs. But you can make a Repair CD in Windows 7.
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26 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Thanks mate. I will follow the instructions and upgrade in a few days when I have time.
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