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Windows 7: Manual activation questions

18 Aug 2013   #1

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Manual activation questions

I have a new ssd coming I plan to do a fresh clean install on. I have a universal disc I made and was wondering if it will work to install Win 7 Professional which, I have a valid product key that I am using on the computer at this time. Will I have to deactivate this copy first? and will the directions in post #4 of this link work for the install? Thanks! Clean install via Seven Forums tutorial error when activating

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18 Aug 2013   #2

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

That is for using an upgrade disc to do a clean install, was your install from a previous upgrade?

The best install method is using this method,

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Those practices work for retail as well as OEM.

If you want you can deactivate the product key,

Product Key Number - Uninstall and Deactivate in Windows

Is your universal disc a SP1 integrated disc? It will save a lot of time if you use one that is, there is a link to updated installers in the first tutorial.

I always wait till I have all the updates and the install running smooth before I go ahead and enter the product key.
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18 Aug 2013   #3

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
That is for using an upgrade disc to do a clean install, was your install from a previous upgrade?

The best install method is using this method,

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Those practices work for retail as well as OEM.

If you want you can deactivate the product key,

Product Key Number - Uninstall and Deactivate in Windows

Is your universal disc a SP1 integrated disc? It will save a lot of time if you use one that is, there is a link to updated installers in the first tutorial.

I always wait till I have all the updates and the install running smooth before I go ahead and enter the product key.
I have a retail upgrade 64/32 bit and I used the 64 bit disc to make the universal which gives the option to select which version to install.
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18 Aug 2013   #4

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

The disc doesn't have sp1
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18 Aug 2013   #5

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, I know what a universal does, I have one too. There is a link in the first tutorial with legitimate SP1 installers, it will save a lot of time.
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18 Aug 2013   #6

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Yeah, I know what a universal does, I have one too. There is a link in the first tutorial with legitimate SP1 installers, it will save a lot of time.
Will the disc I have work and allow me to update to service pack 1 from Microsoft?
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18 Aug 2013   #7

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, it will work, just thought you would want to speed things up.
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18 Aug 2013   #8

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I had Home premium from the upgrade disc on here and about 2 years ago, I purchased a pro key online and entered it into windows anytime upgrade so that's how I got where I am at this time.
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18 Aug 2013   #9

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

You can do the same thing if you want, install Home Premium then use Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to

Or, do this, Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

In which case, that post you linked earlier would be the way to go.

Which is actually from Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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18 Aug 2013   #10

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
You can do the same thing if you want, install Home Premium then use Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to

Or, do this, Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

In which case, that post you linked earlier would be the way to go.
If I use the universal disc and select the pro version, it won't install all the versions and take up more space on my drive is this correct? Thanks!
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