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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

04 Jun 2010   #130
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

m4sopmod,

If it didn't come with both 32-bit and 64-bit like it did for Windrider, then you will need to contact the itsnotcheating site to see what they may be able to do to get you one since you had purchased it from them.


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28 Jun 2010   #131
skyaflya

Win 7 Prof
 
 
Clean install of Professional Upgrade

Brink,

Is a clean install different than a full install?

In one of your previous posts on this form, you quoted Microsoft, which I can't find now, and I took it to mean allowing a clean full install from the $30 ($29.99) Professional Upgrade.

I installed it on a Mac running bootcamp, and it wouldn't accept my activation key, saying that it was upgrade only. So I have Win 7 Professional running just fine on the Mac, but it expires in 30 days

Will I have to buy a different version to get the appropriate key?
Thanks...
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28 Jun 2010   #132
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Skyaflya, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You would have either a "Full" or "Upgrade" copy of Windows 7, and would do either a "Clean" (format), "Upgrade", or "Custom" install with that copy of Windows 7.

If you have a retail upgrade copy of Windows 7, and not a student or OEM copy, then you will be able to do a clean install using the steps in the tutorial on the first page.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Jun 2010   #133
skyaflya

Win 7 Prof
 
 

Brink,

well it was in fact the student copy being the $30 version from ultimatesteal. So, it won't work... i take it.

Would this work? Purchase a copy of "Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit OEM 1pk" then simply use that activation key?

If not, any suggestions, given that I already have the non-returnable student Professional upgrade?

Great forum, gives me a positive feeling about this new setup.
Thanks again...
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29 Jun 2010   #134
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Skyaflya,

It would need to be a "retail" upgrade Windows 7 copy instead of a OEM copy to be able to do a clean install with a upgrade. You would still need to reinstall the retaill copy though.

You could use a full OEM Windows 7 instead of a upgrade OEM copy, and just do a clean install with it.
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29 Jun 2010   #135
skyaflya

Win 7 Prof
 
 

Brink,

The Home Premium box I mentioned does not have the word "Upgrade" on it, so can I assume that it is the full version and fits your alternative suggestion?

To recap, if the Home Premium OEM version is also the Full version, and since the Professional Upgrade is the Student version, this means that I am planning to upgrade a clean install of OEM Full Home Premium with a Student Upgrade version of Professional. Is this doable?
Thanks again.
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29 Jun 2010   #136
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Normally you can upgrade from Home Premium to Professional, but I have not tried it from a OEM to Student copy before. It will be worth trying to see, but I would recommend backing up anything that you do not want to lose to be safe.

It will either allow you to upgrade or not. Please let us know how it went for you.


However, instead of purchasing a "Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit OEM 1pk" that may or may not let you upgrade with a Student Pro upgrade version, you might consider just purchasing a "Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit OEM 1pk" that you can just do a straight clean install without any issues.
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01 Jul 2010   #137
skyaflya

Win 7 Prof
 
 

Sounds like the way to go: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit OEM 1pk actually. I may do this and return the OEM disk that i am waiting for in the mail.

I have a new OEM concern: given your suggestion works, would i need two separate licenses to operate it toggling between Bootcamp and Parallels on the same machine? The Mac forums are inconclusive about it, as was the MS Activation Center. It seems that the single key works for some but not for others (on the Mac).
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01 Jul 2010   #138
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Shyaflya,

A OEM product key can only be used to activate a single installed Windows 7 on one computer. Once activated on a computer, the OEM product key will be permanently tied to that specific computer and cannot be used to activate a Widows 7 on any other computer. You can uninstall and reinstall Windows 7 as many times as you like on only that specific computer though, but you cannot install more than one copy on that copy either.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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04 Jul 2010   #139
skyaflya

Win 7 Prof
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Normally you can upgrade from Home Premium to Professional, but I have not tried it from a OEM to Student copy before. It will be worth trying to see, but I would recommend backing up anything that you do not want to lose to be safe.

It will either allow you to upgrade or not. Please let us know how it went for you.
The OEM HP works fine but, yes, MS doesn't appear to allow student professional upgrade. However, all i get is an error 0x80070005, but nothing else. If MS doesn't allow something usually it is a very clear no-no message.

So at any rate unless there is a way around the error message, i have a working HP OEM setup, but my student professional upgrade key is useless, unless there is a hack for this error message.
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