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Windows 7: Upgrade install with no key (for now)

20 Oct 2009   #1
ladiciuus

Win Vista
 
 
Upgrade install with no key (for now)

Hi I am new here and these forums are great and have nice information. I looked for about 2 hours and i couldn't seem to find an answer to my question.

I have Vista Home premium 64 OEM pre-installed.
I have Win7 Home 64 UPGRADE RETAIL pre-ordered
I have an ISO of Win7 Home 64 Retail (I'm guessing it's the full version? I don't even know if there is a difference in the media itself or is it just the key that is different)

Now my question is:

Can I upgrade from Vista to 7 with my Win7 Home retail iso and NOT put in a key and when i get my upgrade cd key just put in that cd-key and activate windows?

Or would i have to do an upgrade install on top of Win7? (can you even do that?) and during that upgrade put my key and activate it.

Or would i have to reload Vista and then upgrade to 7 again?


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20 Oct 2009   #2
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ladiciuus View Post

Can I upgrade from Vista to 7 with my Win7 Home retail iso and NOT put in a key and when i get my upgrade cd key just put in that cd-key and activate windows?

I asked the same question on Technet awhile back and was advised by MVP not to.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ladiciuus View Post

Or would i have to do an upgrade install on top of Win7? (can you even do that?) and during that upgrade put my key and activate it.
Probably not since you can't do an upgrade install on top of an unactivated OS.

FYI an upgrade over itself is now how you do a repair install (works well).

If you try it, image your Vista so you dont' need to reinstall. In fact, image everything and keep it so resinstalls are a thing of the past.
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21 Oct 2009   #3
ladiciuus

Win Vista
 
 

What if my windows 7 was activated "in a weird non-legit way " would that qualify me to upgrade from 7 to 7 and put my original CD key and activate it in a legit way?
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21 Oct 2009   #4
gregrocker

 

You cannot get any help with warez here.

A better option is to dig up the RC and install and activate using one of its widely published activation keys, to use as the qualifying activated OS for upgrade.

If you use this option, be sure to use Win7 backup imaging to make and safeguard a good image of your finished installation to use for future reinstalls, since the RC will only be valid as a qualifying activated OS for upgrades until June 1 when it expires.
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21 Oct 2009   #5
ladiciuus

Win Vista
 
 

Thanks for the tip with the RC install! Will sure give that a try.
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