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Windows 7: windows not genuine...least expensive solution?

11 Jan 2011   #1
trojannemo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
windows not genuine...least expensive solution?

hey guys.

so after finally getting my new build to run smoothly (see my other thread on the forums), yesterday night it told me it wasn't genuine. it's a retail dvd i got from my friend. he installed the 32bit version and said i should be able to install the 64bit edition. now i find out the key only lets you install one?

so i have windows 7 ultimate installed but not genuine...I need to fix this ASAP as I need updates and full functionality...

as a student I can get the Pro Upgrade DVD from microsoft for $65. question is, can I "upgrade" from ultimate to pro and do a fresh install with that DVD? if not, I do have my old XP install cd, can I install that (32 bit), then upgrade to Pro 64bit?

even better would be to stay with my current installation and just enter a valid key. i've done enough reading to learn that none of those "stores" selling "genuine" keys for cheap are legit and will eventually become invalid. but then again I don't believe Microsoft offers no real solutions to students. do they have a student pricing/discount/offer that will allow me to purchase an ultimate 64bit key for less than the $300+ dollars they're asking for retail, or the $180 for OEM?!


so in essence, what is my least expensive, LEGIT way of getting a genuine version of windows 7 x64 on my computer? either by fresh install or entering a key on my existing installation (both are ok as long as I end up with Windows 7 x64).

thanks!

EDIT:
I can get Windows 7 Pro Upgrade for $65 from Microsoft (but would have to install xp first and then upgrade?) or get Windows 7 Home Premium OEM from TigerDirect for $99 (would have to re-install but no need to mess with xp first?)....OR....???


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11 Jan 2011   #2
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

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11 Jan 2011   #3
trojannemo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thanks! I guess i'm going with the Microsoft $65 deal then
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11 Jan 2011   #4
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Take a look at this link and see if it helps you out: Genuine Windows 7 Became Pirated? Make It Original and Activated Again - Tweaking with Vishal

This guy says it has to do with a Permissions problem. I didn't read into it so you'll just have to check it out if you are interested.
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11 Jan 2011   #5
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Since your friend just gave you the 64 bit disk and he had already used the Key, you need to purchase a Key from Microsoft. You will not need to reinstall Windows, you just need a valid Key to activate the copy you have already installed.
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11 Jan 2011   #6
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Since your friend just gave you the 64 bit disk and he had already used the Key, you need to purchase a Key from Microsoft. You will not need to reinstall Windows, you just need a valid Key to activate the copy you have already installed.
Either that, or he can buy the $65 upgrade from his university and do a clean install.

That might be cheaper than buying a key
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11 Jan 2011   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ie9 View Post
Either that, or he can buy the $65 upgrade from his university and do a clean install.

That might be cheaper than buying a key
The $65 is the one that I was speaking of. If he buys that, it will come with a Key. Assuming he gets the same version as he has installed, he can just put in the Key that comes with the University disk and be done with it. No reinstall necessary.
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11 Jan 2011   #8
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trojannemo View Post
hey guys.


EDIT:
I can get Windows 7 Pro Upgrade for $65 from Microsoft (but would have to install xp first and then upgrade?) or get Windows 7 Home Premium OEM from TigerDirect for $99 (would have to re-install but no need to mess with xp first?)....OR....???
What version do you have installed now? If you buy the same one, you will not have to reinstall. You can just enter the Key from the one you buy. If you have Home Premium 64 bit, you would need to buy Home Premium to use the Key without reinstalling Windows. If you have Pro, you would need to buy Pro. If you get a different version, you would need to reinstall Windows 7 with your new disk and use the Key from the new disk to activate.
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11 Jan 2011   #9
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
The $65 is the one that I was speaking of. If he buys that, it will come with a Key. Assuming he gets the same version as he has installed, he can just put in the Key that comes with the University disk and be done with it. No reinstall necessary.

Ok, it seemed to me when you said he needed to get a key from Microsoft you were saying that he needed to buy a key from Microsoft, not use the key from the installation disk that he could buy at a student discount
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11 Jan 2011   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

He has currently his friends bum Ultimate installed and is going to buy a Pro version. So he needs to reinstall. The Pro key won't work on Ultimate.
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