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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


24 Oct 2009   #379
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

How to Do a Clean Install with an Upgrade Windows 7 Version


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09 Jan 2013   #380
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hmm, not sure why OPTION THREE isn't working for you, but OPTION FOUR should.

Is this a retail upgrade copy?

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09 Jan 2013   #381
givemereplay

Win7 64
 
 

I bought it through my school computer store. It has the "FOR USE BY STUDENTS AND FACULTY" label on the disk.

Strangely, the first time I ran the activation script, my computer didn't reboot properly. The monitor and mouse turned off but the tower stayed lit up and running for several minutes. Finally I did a hard reset.

Now I've run the script a few more times, and it doesn't seem to auto-reboot. However, even when I manually reboot it I'm still getting the activation error.

Edit: you should find this interesting- I just tried to manually edit the registry to rearm the activations and got this error-

"Error: 0xC004D307 The maximum allowed number of re-arms has been exceeded"

Mind you I literally reinstalled the OS yesterday, haven't activated it yet, and haven't even had any success with rearming it. Now I'm perplexed.

Edit 2: I thought I had this solved when I found a method to give me more attempts to rearm (found here: http://www.mydigitallife.info/use-re...lmost-forever/) but yet somehow, despite getting the success message from the slmgr -rearm command it is STILL giving me that horrid error from before.
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09 Jan 2013   #382
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You have used up your 3 rearms. Each time you ran that command it used one up.

You'll have no choice but OPTION FOUR now.
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09 Jan 2013   #383
givemereplay

Win7 64
 
 

Any idea why it didn't want to let me activate after any of the rearm attempts? It's not like I rearmed three times without trying to activate at all.

Also thanks for monitoring this thread even after all these years.
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09 Jan 2013   #384
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Could be anything from a mistake made somewhere to the type of installation disc they used.
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12 Jan 2013   #385
givemereplay

Win7 64
 
 

Called Microsoft using your registration by phone guide. Computerized voice rejected my attempts, so I was transferred to a very sweet Indian woman. I explained my situation to her, she had me type a short code into the Run window. The window it popped up told me to reboot. I did so, then entered my product key in the window it popped up upon reboot. Activation successful. Total time on the phone- 5 mins. Great job Microsoft, thank you Brink for your awesome guides and superhuman abilities.
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12 Jan 2013   #386
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by givemereplay View Post
Called Microsoft using your registration by phone guide. Computerized voice rejected my attempts, so I was transferred to a very sweet Indian woman. I explained my situation to her, she had me type a short code into the Run window. The window it popped up told me to reboot. I did so, then entered my product key in the window it popped up upon reboot. Activation successful. Total time on the phone- 5 mins. Great job Microsoft, thank you Brink for your awesome guides and superhuman abilities.
Good job, that's a lot less that I spent on calls to MS.
BTW, Brink isn't human.
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12 Jan 2013   #387
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news givemereplay.

Gary, you spilled the beans. Now the whole world will know.
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23 Feb 2013   #388
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I have a question (or two) regarding legal use of the upgrade license. I'll go ahead and give you the full story.

I have a laptop that I purchased a few months ago to replace my old Dell laptop. The Dell came with XP and I purchased Windows 7 Pro Upgrade to put on it. when the screen died in it, I went ahead a purchase my current computer, which came with Windows 7 Home Premium. A couple weeks ago I got curious and decided to see if Anytime Upgrade would accept the upgrade license as an upgrade key (I realize they are actually two different things). Sure enough it did, so I went ahead and let it switch me to 7 Pro. As far as I know, it was fully activated, or at least I saw nothing to the contrary and didn't question things. This is where my issue comes in. A couple days ago, I reinstalled Windows because of a number or performance issues I was having and I had never removed most of the Toshiba bloatware anyways. I used a Windows 7 SP1 universal install disc I had made, and I went ahead and installed 7 Pro. I then used option 3 to activate, which I knew to do from reinstalling Windows on the old computer once or twice. It wasn't until afterwards that I thought about the actual terms of the upgrade license and not being able to remember seeing anything about using it to upgrade from one version of 7 to another.

So, my question is, as far as you know, is this setup legal. If it matters, I do have two retail Windows XP licenses that have been in disuse for a while now. The computers they first went on original had ME and were disposed of sometime ago. It seems like if I installed XP and then 7 Pro it would be legal, so why not just install 7 Pro?
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23 Feb 2013   #389
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

You may install windows 7 over itself so that's legal . So lets say you're installing windows 7 with an upgrade DVD and you try to input the key that is inside the retail DVD case it will not work . So for it to work you would have to reinstall
( upgrade ) windows within windows for the key to work which is legal .
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