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Windows 7: Loathe to ask... Anytime Upgrade gone to He11

24 Oct 2010   #1

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Loathe to ask... Anytime Upgrade gone to He11

Brand new Dell. Even managed to call back and get the recovery disk (we) deserve!

"Media reduction" calls for NO recovery disks to come w/ laptops. Booo.

Then came the Windows Anytime Upgrade K3yg3n. WHY it would be tested on my new computer is beyond me. WHY it would work on a standard user account versus my administrator account is beyond me. ...lastly, why it passed WGA / Validation (not just activation) is even more beyond me.

Here's my question. Someone please help me on this one.

I couldn't get past the dual-boot-like black & white OS screen: it says choose the OS to boot from "Windows 7 Ultimate" (should say Home Premium,) or "Windows 7 Loader."

Before my recovery disk arrived, I used the recovery partition to reformat.

I have no choice anymore, and luckily got my proper Home Premium back.

But, there's still a "blink" of that screen, as-if the fingerprint is still in the background. Would a "boot from CD" method / reformat do the trick, assuming I erased all partitions, made it factory-style, including all bloatware, drivers from CD, etc.?

Whoever helps me solve this deserves a million bucks.

Sorry for the sarcasm; miffed, to say the least, with the blunder done onto my new computer. It's no ASUS G-Series, granted, but it's a kick in the head to have done.

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24 Oct 2010   #2
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Explain the Anytime Upgrade issue better. Did you buy a key to try to upgrade to a higher version?

You likely need to not only boot from DVD if you have the Win7 install DVD, but wipe the HD:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Clean Install Windows 7
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device.

Install updates and then programs slowly over time to gauge performance after each. Don't let any programs write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU and can spy on you. I only allow AV and gadgets.

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials which works perfectly with Windows 7 Firewall.

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner then Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers monthly. CCleaner - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET
Auslogics Disk Defrag - Reviews and free Auslogics Disk Defrag downloads at
Auslogics Registry Defrag - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

Then save a Win7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or replacement using DVD or Repair CD. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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