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Windows 7: Old key reinstall WITH SP1?


08 Nov 2012   #1

Windows home premium x64
 
 
Old key reinstall WITH SP1?

I was wondering on the page win7 activation errors it says

"You can't use a product key for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) to activate a copy of Windows 7 without SP1."

I was wondering if it is possible to do the opposite though; To reinstall windows with sp1 using a product key that came with my computer where windows was installed WITHOUT SP1. Or will i have to find a Windows 7 copy of my version without sp1 to do the reinstall?

thank you for your time.


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08 Nov 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome
It is possible to have a computer with Seven and if you have an CD with SP1, it can be used and you can be activited. If you do not have a CD with SP1, post and I or another member will get one for you.
I do not know of anyone who has actually tried this, however.
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08 Nov 2012   #3

Windows home premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Welcome
It is possible to have a computer with Seven and if you have an CD with SP1, it can be used and you can be activited. If you do not have a CD with SP1, post and I or another member will get one for you.
I do not know of anyone who has actually tried this, however.
I made a bootable dvd using a ISO with SP1, however i dont want to use this if my product key wont work because the SP1 is included in the ISO when the key was originally used to install windows WITHOUT SP1 by the manufacturer and i STILL dont have Sp1 installed on it (it wont install, via update nor via manual install).

Thanks for your time
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08 Nov 2012   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Downlaod and make an image with Macrium Reflect. If you do not work with SP1, use the image to reinstall, its free.
Imaging with free Macrium
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08 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I've been able to use the same keys before and after SP1 without issue.
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08 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Can you activate once you run Window Update to install SP1?
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08 Nov 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I didn't have any trouble using the key that was originally with sp0 to clean install with sp1 integrated.

Yes, you can do the opposite
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08 Nov 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

A primary reason for SP's is to make a reinstall easy. You will not need to install hundreds of updates.
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08 Nov 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

A service pack is a collection of updates, fixes delivered in the form of a single installable package.
So you should not face any problems in activation in any case weather you are downloading it through Windows update or you are doing a clean install of SP1.
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08 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Usually service packs include compatibility for new keys.
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