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Windows 7: Student Offer: Boot Disk Required?

20 Dec 2009   #11
gregrocker

 

There is a tutorial on this site for how to convert student download files into an ISO.

You use VLite to compile into an ISO and burn from there to DVD. You can add in drivers and apps too, as that is the magic of VLite.


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20 Dec 2009   #12
Trapt

Windows XP 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TimStitt View Post
The Microsoft Student Upgrade offer is A49.95 for home premium (complete version) TAFE & University students, get a killer deal on Windows 7 Home Premium
This is the one I'm going to get, but as far as I can work out it's the Upgrade version. That's based on the heading of the page and the picture and such.

Just wanna make sure one more time that the key I'm going to get from purchasing from that page is going to work with the ISO I downloaded overnight. I've burnt it and it seems to be working fine as a bootable disk.
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20 Dec 2009   #13
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trapt View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TimStitt View Post
The Microsoft Student Upgrade offer is A49.95 for home premium (complete version) TAFE & University students, get a killer deal on Windows 7 Home Premium
This is the one I'm going to get, but as far as I can work out it's the Upgrade version. That's based on the heading of the page and the picture and such.

Just wanna make sure one more time that the key I'm going to get from purchasing from that page is going to work with the ISO I downloaded overnight. I've burnt it and it seems to be working fine as a bootable disk.
Yeah you are right mate. It does say upgrade offer.
I think the professional version on the other link I sent has more features though, just check it out. They are both Microsoft sites.
Which one is right for you? - Microsoft Windows

In Vista, I could not use my upgrade version key on a full version disk. I presume this was because they had different PID's. I really have no idea about Win 7; but I can tell you just after XMAS as my younger bro has purchased an upgrade version and I'm going to install it for him on the 26th.
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20 Dec 2009   #14
Trapt

Windows XP 32 Bit
 
 

Well I've already downloaded and burnt the Home Premium ISO, and the extra features of Professional really aren't any use to me, so it doesn't bother me.

Is there a way of telling whether the ISO version I downloaded is Full or Upgrade? Since it's 64 bit and I'm currently on 32 bit I can't load the disk up in Windows, I have to use it as a bootable disk.

I'm not entirely sure there's much difference between upgrade and full versions since you can do clean installs with upgrade version anyway?

I'd just rather make sure I'm 100% sure it's going to work rather than throwing away 50 bucks, which is a lot of money for us poor students.
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20 Dec 2009   #15
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trapt View Post
I'm not entirely sure there's much difference between upgrade and full versions since you can do clean installs with upgrade version anyway?
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Not so, with the upgrade version of Vista I bought from 'Microsoft - It's not cheating'. Win 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trapt View Post
Is there a way of telling whether the ISO version I downloaded is Full or Upgrade?
Probably, but I don't know how sorry mate. Is it an option for you to install it on a virtual machine to find out?

What I can say is that my Win7 key works a-ok on both x86 and 64bit; but I haven't tested the upgrade release.
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21 Dec 2009   #16
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trapt View Post
Well I've already downloaded and burnt the Home Premium ISO, and the extra features of Professional really aren't any use to me, so it doesn't bother me.

Is there a way of telling whether the ISO version I downloaded is Full or Upgrade? Since it's 64 bit and I'm currently on 32 bit I can't load the disk up in Windows, I have to use it as a bootable disk.

I'm not entirely sure there's much difference between upgrade and full versions since you can do clean installs with upgrade version anyway?

I'd just rather make sure I'm 100% sure it's going to work rather than throwing away 50 bucks, which is a lot of money for us poor students.
If you really want to know whether it is Upgrade or Full, then pre-format the HD, boot the installer and and install.

If it is Full version, it will accept the key on a new or preformatted HD.

If it's Upgrade version, it will reject the key until after install when you can run a repair install (upgrade over itself) from the desktop which will allow key, or do the Paul Thurrot workaround which is even given out by MS tech support: http://community.winsupersite.com/bl...he-answer.aspx

If it is Upgrade then you need to have a qualifying Vista/XP on hand in case the issue ever arises during reinstall. Of course, you can avoid ever having to reinstall by saving a Win7 Backup image to reimage the HD or a replacement in 15 minutes by booting from the DVD repair console.
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21 Dec 2009   #17
Trapt

Windows XP 32 Bit
 
 

Will an upgrade key work on a full version disk?
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21 Dec 2009   #18
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trapt View Post
Will an upgrade key work on a full version disk?
Well in Vista it wouldn't; but you can always try Greg's advice above, he knows his stuff.

This thread looks to be a guy who installed the upgrade version and the key didn't work. I've just passed on Greg's tip to him. Let's follow this thread and see how he goes (I really hope he posts back and tells us )
Am I activated or not activated?
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21 Dec 2009   #19
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trapt View Post
Will an upgrade key work on a full version disk?
All of the installers are the same, with only some versions hidden due to an ei.cfg file in Sources,.

The key is version-specific.

If there is an issue with accepting an Upgrade key, then run a Repair install (upgrade over itself) from the Win7 desktop and it will then accept the key.

Or you can use the popular workaround: http://community.winsupersite.com/bl...he-answer.aspx
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