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Windows 7: Windows 7 Upgrade Paths - FAQ

17 Feb 2010   #31
deanoids

win 7
 
 
Rejected Win 7 disks

I have loaded an run Vista 32 on my Mac Pro it runs and is a clean install but I cannot upgrade to Win 7 either 32 or 64 disks just keep getting rejected and spit out, anyone know why ?


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18 Feb 2010   #32
MisterActorMan

 

Hi, I have a couple of questions about upgrading--please redirect me to the appropriate forum area if this one is not right.

I have a Desktop and a Laptop. The Laptop came (bought used) with Win7 Ultimate RC (32bit), and expires in about two weeks.

On my desktop I'm running a Win7 Pro (32bit), that I bought really inexpensively through Microsoft's Digital River Ultimate Steal program for students (yay student discounts!).

I have recently decided that I want my desktop to run 64bit if possible, which it is. So, since I can still get a great deal as a student on Win 7 Pro (64bit), what I'd like to do is this:

Buy another version of Win 7 Pro (64bit). Install the Win 7 Pro (64bit) on my desktop. Install my other Win 7 Pro (32bit) on my laptop.
Is this legal? Is it plausible?

I read above that if you buy the retail version than it's fine to install it on another computer, the other computer with it on it (desktop) will just not use it anymore. Fine, since I'll have bought the 64bit and that'll be what it (desktop) runs from here on.

So...I guess, how do I tell if I bought the "full retail" versus the "full OEM" version? And how should I work this out with MS reps; I mean, I did buy two copies of the software, etc.

Thank you!
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18 Feb 2010   #33
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MisterActorMan View Post
Hi, I have a couple of questions about upgrading--please redirect me to the appropriate forum area if this one is not right.

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This is quite common situation when you have two or more computers, and you want to re-install already activated Windows on another machine.

The best answer I know is to do as you have planned, and if activation fails after installing the 32-bit on laptop, do a phone activation. Our own Brink has made an easy to follow tutorial about phone activation: Activate Windows 7 by Phone

Digital River downloaded Windows 7 is a retail version.

Kari
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18 Feb 2010   #34
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MisterActorMan View Post
Buy another version of Win 7 Pro (64bit). Install the Win 7 Pro (64bit) on my desktop. Install my other Win 7 Pro (32bit) on my laptop.
Is this legal? Is it plausible?
Mister, the key is in this sentence: if you have two retail licenses, you can install in 2 different computers, no questions asked. If you had an upgrade license, the EULA requires you to have a previous valid copy of either Vista or XP. The RC didn't qualify as a previous license, although it allows you to install an upgrade version of windows 7.
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18 Feb 2010   #35
MisterActorMan

 

Hoooraay! Digital Rivers in Retail! I'll have two install files and two activation codes! you have made me so happpyyy! Thanks y'all

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21 Feb 2010   #36
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Another satisfied customer! I am glad to know it will work for you
Let us know if you hit any snag during installation
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21 Feb 2010   #37
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Another satisfied customer! I am glad to know it will help for you
Let us know if you hit any snag during installation
OT happy birthday wallyinnc
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21 Feb 2010   #38
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Tks pebbly. And I feel the weight of the age, I just saw my post doesn't make a lot of sense. Editing it now...
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21 Mar 2010   #39
Rockfella

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I never upgrade, it is a clean install or me always.
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25 Mar 2010   #40
jasin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Back in the day you could buy the upgrade version of windows and install it like a full OS. A lot of people did that to save some extra money.
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