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Windows 7: Re-activation

23 Jul 2009   #1
Henks

Vista Home Premium + Windows7 RC
 
 
Re-activation

If one has Windows 7 RC in use with a RC-productkey, is it possible to change the productkey to the 'official' one (after 22-10) in order to obtain a legal OS?


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23 Jul 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Henks, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm sorry, but you will not be able to use a retail (RTM) product key for pre-retail versions (RC or Beta) versions of Windows 7.

Shawn
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23 Jul 2009   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
re-activation

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Henks View Post
If one has Windows 7 RC in use with a RC-productkey, is it possible to change the productkey to the 'official' one (after 22-10) in order to obtain a legal OS?
If you are asking if your RC key will work on RTM or later no it will not. If you purchase win 7 you will get a new key that will make your OS "legal"

Ken
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23 Jul 2009   #4
akramh

Windows 7 7264x64(main), 7260x86(secendary), XP SP3 Triple Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Henks, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm sorry, but you will not be able to use a retail (RTM) product key for pre-retail versions (RC or Beta) versions of Windows 7.

Shawn
hmm brink doesn't build 7264 and higher accept RTM keys? if it doesn't what keys should be used with it?
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23 Jul 2009   #5
Arkhan

Windows 7 7100 x64
 
 

Anything after 7264 theoretically has the final activation code in it, but it's a fair bet that microsoft activation will deny activation for those builds with an official public RTM key. Besides, anything pre-RTM will be missing a bunch of bugfixes and tweaks (like the RC) so you'd want to do a clean install with the final RTM build anyway.
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23 Jul 2009   #6
PotatoMan83

 

yeah..if u got a final product key why would u want to use it on an unfinihsed product rather than the final deal? Is it more compatable to your pc than the "supposed" final?
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24 Jul 2009   #7
Henks

Vista Home Premium + Windows7 RC
 
 

I have installed my Flight Simulator with Win 7 RC1 as OS. Of course i'l buy the Win 7 after 22-10, but to avoid re-installation of the FS (60 GB) it should be fine to use the RC1-OS with the (buyed) productkey
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24 Jul 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Henks,

Sorry, but the retail (RTM) key will not work on a RC or Beta build of Windows 7.
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23 Oct 2009   #9
hindmost

Mac OS X 10.6.1 running Windows 7 RC via Parallels 4
 
 

I have a somewhat simular situation regarding activation. I'm in the military and Microsoft has a web page offering discounts on some of their software. I have a Mac and have run W7 beta and then the RC using parallels. I like W7 very much and want to purchase the Military discount version and have it replace the RC. My problem? Microsoft for some reason ONLY offers the upgrade version on their web site. I guess they assume only folks having previous windows would buy W7. So what to do? Will the 'upgrade'' work via parallels on a Mac currently running the RC? Any ideas?
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23 Oct 2009   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hindmost View Post
I have a somewhat simular situation regarding activation. I'm in the military and Microsoft has a web page offering discounts on some of their software. I have a Mac and have run W7 beta and then the RC using parallels. I like W7 very much and want to purchase the Military discount version and have it replace the RC. My problem? Microsoft for some reason ONLY offers the upgrade version on their web site. I guess they assume only folks having previous windows would buy W7. So what to do? Will the 'upgrade'' work via parallels on a Mac currently running the RC? Any ideas?
Hello Hindmost, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It's not a problem. You can do a clean install with a upgrade version of Windows 7.

Upgrade Install with Windows 7
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