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Windows 7: Reinstall & Activation question

21 Oct 2009   #21

Windows 7 x64

soooo what's the exact conclusion here?
I plan to activate a brand new computer with a key that's already been activated (of course, I don't plan to use that key on the old computer). Do I need to talk to MS or not then?

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21 Oct 2009   #22

XP, Seven, 2008R2

It depends on the terms of the MSDNAA license.

There used to be licenses which could only be activated once. but I don't know whether or not MSDNAA falls into that category.
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21 Oct 2009   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM

When your new computer has W7 installed on it, try and activate it. If it works, brilliant. If it doesn't, use the MS freephone number and explain your situation to them - I can't see them having a problem with what you are doing at all.

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21 Oct 2009   #24

XP, Seven, 2008R2

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Microsoft
Product Keys for Windows client, Visio, and Microsoft Project

For Media+Online subscriptions, the initial shipment of MSDNAA software contains 50 individual product keys each for Windows, Visio, and Microsoft Project on stickers, which may be given to eligible students who request the software. After installing the software, the student will be prompted to activate the product when he or she runs it for the first time. It can be activated over the Internet or over the telephone.

Each key permits installation of the software on one machine. A student may install the software using the same product key an unlimited number of times on the same machine. However, installing the software on a different computer will cause product activation to fail. If the student changes machines, he or she may call the clearinghouse to explain what happened. If there is a legitimate reason, the support representative will issue a confirmation number.

The program administrator may request additional product keys from MSDNAA Customer Support by calling the numbers listed in How to Contact the MSDN Academic Alliance.

IMPORTANT: Please do not provide a second product key unless the student has a compelling reason.

MSDNAA Member's Guide
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03 Nov 2009   #25

Win 7

I installed Windows 7 Home Premium x64 upgrade over XP Pro. I'm having problems with some of my favorite (read old) programs and I'd like to install Win 7 x32 instead. What's the best way to do this? Do I have to slick my hard drive and reinstall XP only to do the upgrade again? Can I possibly re-run the Win 7 installation but use the x32 disk? Thanks!

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03 Nov 2009   #26

Win 7

Sorry for double posting, but I just thought of something. I haven't removed Windows.old from the hard drive yet, in case that makes any difference.
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03 Nov 2009   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JBenal View Post
Sorry for double posting, but I just thought of something. I haven't removed Windows.old from the hard drive yet, in case that makes any difference.
Please make a seperate thread in the appropiate section for your issue (as not to steal focus from this thread's issue and to get single-minded assistance)
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03 Nov 2009   #28

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I would give a little more thought to reverting to 32 bit.

It's relatively rare for an app to work on 32 bit, but not on 64 bit.

Are you only speculating that reverting will solve the problems?

Or have you done online research for each of the applications in question to find out if there are known issues with 64 bit. This would be my first suggestion if you haven't already done it.

I am using 32 bit for only one reason: I tested all of my 30 applications on the 64 bit release candidate a few months ago. All but one installed and worked fine. Photoshop 4.0 was the exception---it won't even install on a 64 bit system, and for that reason I am on 32 bit.

Have you considered the possibility that the problems will remain even if you do revert? You have to find out if they are Windows 7-compliant at all.
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03 Nov 2009   #29

Win 7

Well, I had futzed around with a couple of apps for a week and finally decided I really had no reason to run x64. I just now put in the x32 disk and did a custom install. Afterward, I was asked to activate, did, and everything looks good. Install created a Windows.old.000 folder with my x64 stuff, so now I just need to clean up C: and I'm good. Thanks for your help.
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03 Nov 2009   #30
Microsoft MVP


Boot from the installer, instead of run from the desktop, and you will get a cleaner install which doesn't save windows.old folder, and allows access to Custom>Advanced tools to format the drive.
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