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Windows 7: Checking which Win7 CD is mine....

02 Apr 2014   #11
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IcarusII View Post
Firstly thanks for the response.

The two versions are not the same. They are both W7 Home Premium, but hers is a bit older than mine, so hers is just the standard disk whereas mine came with SP1 on the disk too.
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Put the DVDs into a computer and look/compare the dates of the files/folders.

edit: then use the tools that others have mentioned to determine the Product Key of the W7 installation on her current computer.


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02 Apr 2014   #12
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You can use the updated media for your licensed version no matter what the source, sku or age of a retail license: Windows 7 Direct Download Links.

Retail license is Full, Upgrade, Builder's OEM, and Student versions.
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03 Apr 2014   #13
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

FYI
DreamSpark keys are mostly Volume License Keys - and require either a private server for activation, or that the number of activations allowed the issuing organisation hasn't been met/exceeded.
So far as I know they aren't SP-level-dependent, but it's a possibility that MS changed the checking algorithm with SP1.
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03 Apr 2014   #14
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
FYI
DreamSpark keys are mostly Volume License Keys - and require either a private server for activation, or that the number of activations allowed the issuing organisation hasn't been met/exceeded.
So far as I know they aren't SP-level-dependent, but it's a possibility that MS changed the checking algorithm with SP1.
Not sure either, but I tried the key a good 4-5 times making sure it was correct, it never worked. This was all new hardware (custom built PC) so I wiped the drive of the SP1 install, installed pro without SP1 and the product key worked first try. *shrugs*
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03 Apr 2014   #15
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mhansen1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
FYI
DreamSpark keys are mostly Volume License Keys - and require either a private server for activation, or that the number of activations allowed the issuing organisation hasn't been met/exceeded.
So far as I know they aren't SP-level-dependent, but it's a possibility that MS changed the checking algorithm with SP1.
Not sure either, but I tried the key a good 4-5 times making sure it was correct, it never worked. This was all new hardware (custom built PC) so I wiped the drive of the SP1 install, installed pro without SP1 and the product key worked first try. *shrugs*
Did you enter this key during the install process or did you skip the key entry step and try to add the key later? Just wondering.
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03 Apr 2014   #16
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mhansen1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
FYI
DreamSpark keys are mostly Volume License Keys - and require either a private server for activation, or that the number of activations allowed the issuing organisation hasn't been met/exceeded.
So far as I know they aren't SP-level-dependent, but it's a possibility that MS changed the checking algorithm with SP1.
Not sure either, but I tried the key a good 4-5 times making sure it was correct, it never worked. This was all new hardware (custom built PC) so I wiped the drive of the SP1 install, installed pro without SP1 and the product key worked first try. *shrugs*
Did you enter this key during the install process or did you skip the key entry step and try to add the key later? Just wondering.
I think I tried both. Then when I wiped and reinstalled I did it during install which worked fine.
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03 Apr 2014   #17
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If it's not retail then I'd contact the Dreamspark program or MS Customer Service to ask how you go about reinstalling your property. They should have a way to do this.

Let us know what you find out.
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03 Apr 2014   #18
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If it's not retail then I'd contact the Dreamspark program or MS Customer Service to ask how you go about reinstalling your property. They should have a way to do this.

Let us know what you find out.
Everything is fine on my end, are you just saying it should have worked regardless of SP1 or not?
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03 Apr 2014   #19
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, if it activated with a Dreamspark Product Key then it should be retail as opposed to VLK which I believe has another process. But I've never seen a retail key not able to activate either pre-SP1 or with SP1.
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03 Apr 2014   #20
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mhansen1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mhansen1 View Post

Not sure either, but I tried the key a good 4-5 times making sure it was correct, it never worked. This was all new hardware (custom built PC) so I wiped the drive of the SP1 install, installed pro without SP1 and the product key worked first try. *shrugs*
Did you enter this key during the install process or did you skip the key entry step and try to add the key later? Just wondering.
I think I tried both. Then when I wiped and reinstalled I did it during install which worked fine.
Thanks for the info.

Let's hope that the OP has all the info needed to get things installed one way or the other.
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