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Windows 7: Seriously?

28 Feb 2010   #1
Alkaline2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Student's Addition
 
 
Seriously?

Ok so I bought the OEM Windows 7 64 bit Student's Addition cd. Well I was told by the college bookstore cashier that I didn't need to already have a previous version of Windows on my computer to install Windows 7, I just need the product key handy for the old version. Well I was reading around as to why I keep getting the Windows 7 activation error: invalid product key; and Windows 7 activation error: invalid product key , is saying that I have to have the previous version of Windows already installed on the computer. Can anyone confirm this?


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28 Feb 2010   #2
BugMeister

Windows10 Pro - 64Bit vs.10547
 
 

if you bought a legitimate OEM version of Windows 7, it should have come with it's own key..

- use that..
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28 Feb 2010   #3
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Have a look at the options here .....

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

You may also need to check the links to other tutorials at the bottom of the page for student downloads
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28 Feb 2010   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alkaline2 View Post
Ok so I bought the OEM Windows 7 64 bit Student's Addition cd. Well I was told by the college bookstore cashier that I didn't need to already have a previous version of Windows on my computer to install Windows 7, I just need the product key handy for the old version. Well I was reading around as to why I keep getting the Windows 7 activation error: invalid product key; and Windows 7 activation error: invalid product key , is saying that I have to have the previous version of Windows already installed on the computer. Can anyone confirm this?

I believe that to be true, but would not have believed a bookstore cashier either. Is there any remedy at the bookstore? have you called MS to see if they would change the key for a small fee?


Ken
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28 Feb 2010   #5
Alkaline2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Student's Addition
 
 

Ok thanks

All I had to do was just not enter a product key and click "next". Then it finished installing Windows 7.
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28 Feb 2010   #6
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alkaline2 View Post
Well I was told by the college bookstore cashier that I didn't need to already have a previous version of Windows on my computer to install Windows 7, I just need the product key handy for the old version.
Your Windows Vista Product Key will not activate an upgrade Windows 7 DVD, or any other version of Windows 7.
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28 Feb 2010   #7
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alkaline2 View Post
Ok thanks

All I had to do was just not enter a product key and click "next". Then it finished installing Windows 7.
How do you plan on activating it?
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01 Mar 2010   #8
Alkaline2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Student's Addition
 
 

Yeah I wasn't able to activate it. So I tried installing windows XP 32-bit and then inserting the Windows 7 64-bit disk to upgrade and got a incompatible message so I couldn't upgrade from XP to 7... So I don't really know what to do now.
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01 Mar 2010   #9
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Just do the custom install now that xp is on the drive 7 will see it and let you use your upgrade key. good luck to you. and welcome to SevenForums
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01 Mar 2010   #10
Alkaline2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Student's Addition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djjaeger82 View Post
Hi everyone,
This is not necessarily the case. Clean install from upgrade disc only seems to work with a previous version of windows on the drive already (not necessarily activated). I did a lot of testing on this tonight when I tried to upgrade my primary workstation after resetting my RAID array (completely blank, no partitions, no data etc).

Please take a look here:
Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

So can anyone confirm this? If I were to install my Windows 7 on a clean hard drive with no pre-existing windows OS and skip the product key code to finish the install AND THEN reinstall the same Windows 7 and enter in the product key this time it will accept it and finish the install without getting the "wrong product key" message?
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