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Windows 7: have win 7pro license how do i get media

05 Mar 2015   #11

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

You're situation is way over my knowledge and experience
I gave the best suggestions for what i know.
Your last post confuses ME more as to what you really have, and need.

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05 Mar 2015   #12

windows 7?

Sorry David
i was not trying to confuse you.
i guess in trying to be succinct i lose some clarity.
thanks again
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05 Mar 2015   #13
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

This is for a clean install with an upgrade disc:

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Another option is to install Windows 10TP. That is free until October.

And you can always install Linux. E.g. Mint it a fine system. See my demo:

Mint Mate Demo - YouTube
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05 Mar 2015   #14

windows 7?

thanks whs
i tried option 3 but it did not get past the phone call to microsoft who said it was an upgrade rather than a full install
i am trying option 4 on my other machine its loading the first one now, i'll let you know how it goes
i am also downloading win 10 tech preview as i write and will try to work my way through that
again thanks
the reason i am trying to get windows up is to run a little ecg viewer program which i use to monitor my heart, so its a lot of effort for a little program.
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05 Mar 2015   #15

windows 7?

well i got win10 onto the laptop takes a bit of doing and ms keeps asking me for a code and then rejecting the one they send, so not sure about that but it managed to get itself on the web etc. so very nice it also runs my ecg program which is great.
so thats for that everyone and it gives me time to find a permeant solution e.g. some win 7 pro media etc

for the desk top i went the other route and eventually have done a double install of win7 upgrade, with a little more effort i.e. downloading drivers and moving them to the desktop it is also on the web and running the ecg program. I have not tried to activate the software yet and i am doubtful whether it will but at least i get a month to sort out the win7 pro license problem. if necessary i can gain a bit of time going down the win10 route but we will wait and see and i might try to contact dell and see if i can get recovery disks

But all in all a much more successful day then yesterday, so thanks for your help
lots of love
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06 Mar 2015   #16
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I am glad you are making some progress. Make a hop over to the Lots of interesting stuff - especially tutorials.
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06 Mar 2015   #17

windows 7?

thanks for that it took me a while to work out how to shut it down
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06 Mar 2015   #18

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
There are n-teen media players available from other sources. Why does it have to the MS media player.

Hi there

I don't think the OP was referring to Media PLAYER but the actual Windows MEDIA - (I.e install Disks).

If you have a colleague who has an MSDN copy that would work. After install simply enter YOUR product number via change product key or in admin mode enter SLUI 3 and then the new (i.e your) key.

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07 Mar 2015   #19
Microsoft MVP


All Win7 installers are the same, it is only the Product Key that determines which version (Home Premium, Pro, Upgrade, full retail, etc) will activate. So if you were given an error that you are are using Upgrade version on a blank hard drive, you need to leave the key blank and then as suggested do the Option 3 workaround in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version.

This always works in thousands of cases where we've recommended it for the whole six years here, and never requires a call to MS.

What's confusing is how you have Upgrade version on a COA sticker? Is this sticker affixed to the machine as then it would always be OEM that doesn't involve Upgrade version at all. Were you provided the COA sticker separately and does it say Upgrade verison on it? In that case, simply do the workaround suggested and it will activate unless you are inputting a character incorrectly which happens very often and is the only reason it won't work.

As to Windows 10, I too have been using it since October and am happy with it and don't use Win7 any longer. However it is pre-beta and therefore still has bugs, so what's safest is to install it as a Dual Boot with Win7, by shrinking the existing OS in Disk Mgmt to boot and install the other one in the shrink space. This way if Win10 goes south you can retreat to the Win7 side until you reimage or reinstall, keep your files stored in Win7. Since you own a $100+ Win7 license you should use it, and we'll help see to it you can if you'll go back and do the suggested steps including those to get a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7.
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07 Mar 2015   #20

windows 7?

thanks for your detailed help
the reason i got into this pickle is that i bought two ex government dell computer complete with win 7 pro license but with their hard disks wiped. In previous times i have done this i ring up ms and they send me new disks for about $40. When i tried this this time they told me they no longer sell win 7 so ....I did not know what to do
A friend offered me a a win 7 upgrade he had not used? When i installed it it would not activate because it said it was an upgrade. Thats when i came to the forums. I tried option 3 but when i activated it it told me to go to ms who would not approve the activation because it was an upgrade so stuffed. i then was trying option 4 but the computer is having a fit and now won't load at all.
i am resisting buying new copies because i have a license and because i nly want it to run a small ecg viewing program to monitor my heart
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 have win 7pro license how do i get media

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