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Windows 7: Upgrading from Vista vs. Clean Install Activation Error

01 Oct 2015   #1
xg5a

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 
Upgrading from Vista vs. Clean Install Activation Error

I'm having an issue activating my new installation of Windows 7 Pro. I'm trying to install windows 7 on a Dell optiplex computer that originally came with Vista. The activation key I have is for a Vista to 7 upgrade. However, I had replaced Vista with Ubuntu a few years ago, so I had to do a clean install of Windows 7. Therefore my activation key isn't working - when I try to activate windows I get an error that says "this activation key is only for an upgrade, not a clean installation".

I spoke with microsoft over their tech support chat, and they told me my key won't work unless I put Vista back on the computer, then upgrade to 7 instead of doing a clean install. However, I didn't get Vista's Activation key before I installed Ubuntu (years ago) and I don't have the Vista install disk.

In my opinion, since I legally own a copy of Vista and have an upgrade license, I should be allowed to activate Windows 7. When I explained this to them they wouldn't answer the question and just sent me to this link:
Windows 7 activation error: 0xC004F061

So, what are my options? I really don't want to buy a full copy of Windows 7 (can I even do that anymore?) when I already own it.

Thanks for the help.


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01 Oct 2015   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 
COA Sticker

Hopefully youve got the COA sticker on the bottom of your laptop telling you the operating system, and more importantly the code you will need to install Vista, then perform the upgrade.

Roy

Note if you can read that code, shoot over to the Vista forum, for a download.
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01 Oct 2015   #3
xg5a

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

I have the sticker on the top of the tower that says the computer shipped with Vista, and that sticker has a code. Is that what you mean? I was under the impression that the code on the sticker wasn't the same as the activation key (which needs to be found using a key-finding program). I didn't get the key from the software before I got rid of Vista... But maybe I'm wrong about the sticker on the tower?
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01 Oct 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

The proper Microsoft sticker on your tower/case should give you the activation COA key for the system indicated on the sticker.
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02 Oct 2015   #5
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

xg5a I emailed you a download link for my Vista w/SP2....can't find the posts you made at Vista64 forums, sorry.
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02 Oct 2015   #6
xg5a

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
xg5a I emailed you a download link for my Vista w/SP2....can't find the posts you made at Vista64 forums, sorry.
Thanks! What version of Vista is it? The key on my computer is for Vista Professional OEM, so I think I need either professional or Ultimate (which I've ready I can install any version with).
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02 Oct 2015   #7
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

The email explains it is good as follows (your key decides what is installed):

Quote:
It's good for the following:

Windows Vista Home Basic
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Ultimate

There never was anything such as Vista Professional. There was, however, Vista Enterprise. It's unlikely you had that unless it was installed on a company machine. I'm afraid it wont work for that one.
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02 Oct 2015   #8
xg5a

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
The email explains it is good as follows (your key decides what is installed):

Quote:
It's good for the following:

Windows Vista Home Basic
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Ultimate

There never was anything such as Vista Professional. There was, however, Vista Enterprise. It's unlikely you had that unless it was installed on a company machine. I'm afraid it wont work for that one.
My mistake, I confused Vista "Professional" with Vista "Business", which is what I actually need to install. So, I think I'll be good. Thanks!!!
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02 Oct 2015   #9
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

Great. Good luck. By the way that's how I got one of my Windows 10's - by upgrading Vista to 7. Make sure you fully update Vista first though. There are many updates still after SP2 !
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02 Oct 2015   #10
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

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