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Windows 7: HTPC and Win key

01 Jun 2010   #1

Win 7 on two, Vista on one
HTPC and Win key

Hi everybody!

First let me say, I have purchased a copy of Win 7 Ultimate upgrade from my university. I am NOT, repeat NOT, asking about pirated software. I am asking about a copy of Windows Ultimate 7 Upgrade.

I have had issues recently with my system. After a whole lot of BSODs and reinstallations, I have isolated the problem and subsequently relegated that computer to being a home theater PC. During the setup, I was installing Windows. When I put in the key, it rejected it. I input it about 10 times, each time verifying it, and it kept rejecting it. I have installed this copy several times before, and had no problems previously. This is a fresh install, and the installation went smoothly up until that point. I did let it sit for about an hour during the installation. It sat at the point where you put in the username/password and then the windows key.

What could I be missing?


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01 Jun 2010   #2

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Welcome Dave

Try it this way, do not put in the key number and uncheck the box activate automatically.

When done activate by phone.
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01 Jun 2010   #3
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When you boot the WIn7 DVD it should scan the HD to see the prior OS and that alone should pass a flag to allow Upgrade version key, even if you then go on to use installer's Custom>Drive Options to delete, create and format new partition(s).

If you've already wiped the HD then you can install to a clean HD using one of the workarounds here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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01 Jun 2010   #4

Win 7 on two, Vista on one

Worked great! Thanks!
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02 Jun 2010   #5

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Glad to help daveleau and thanks for the rep.
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