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Windows 7: From Windows 7 enterprise to a home version

08 Jan 2018   #11
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Enterprise is only activated via Kms server so you will need to buy a new copy and do a clean install


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08 Jan 2018   #12
Bat 1

8.1 home x64
 
 

Didn't get much sleep last night and I deleted the post as soon as I realized my mistake but it was too late. I'm a Win 8 user so I'd definitely recommend installing it. OP could also grab the Win 10 Free upgrade before it ends.
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08 Jan 2018   #13
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Katrina,

you might have got really lucky.
As it came with W8 Pro, there were also downgrade rights to W7 Pro.
(off course W10 is also an option the free upgrade is still available)

Go to the Dell website enter your service tag ID


Roy
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08 Jan 2018   #14
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You have options.

1. Install win8 Pro or 8.1 Pro or win10 Pro - there should be a win8 pro code in the firmware that would be fine for any of those.

2. Or, you could go to the Dell site and see about "downgrade rights" from your win8 pro license to win 7 Pro.

It should be possible to use a variant of a repair install to change your 7 Ent to 7 Pro ( thereby avoiding clean reinstall ) - but you will need a to get license win 7 Pro first - try asking Dell for 7 pro license as mentioned above.
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08 Jan 2018   #15
kristineclara

Windows 7 enterprise SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Hi Kristina,

Looks like the IT dept grabbed your comp, and removed the Server DNS, which it would have validated against, which is usually every 180 days = 6 months.
@bat 1 the key showing in the report is the KMS Enterprise default key, and will show on any OS that has not been set-up or as in this case where the licencing files/DNS server details have been removed.

On a happier note
As this comp was shipped with W8, the licence key is embedded on the motherboard, so irrelevant of what your IT dept has done your the original product key is still on your system
please run this tool to confirm
https://github.com/Superfly-Inc/Show...us1.0.6477.zip

hopefully will show either
Windows 8.1 Professional XKY4K-2NRWR-8F6P2-448RF-CRYQH
Windows 8 PRO: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB


some AV's show this as as a pup not so false/positive, but may require you to white list it

Roy


Hi Roy,

I ran the ShowKeyPlus tool and it DOES NOT SHOW a Windows 8 key, but confirms the Windows 7 enterprise key... Strange.

So there we are again at the start. If you still see an option to avoid reinstalling my pc completely, you are very welcome to give me your recommendations.
Thank you for your help.


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08 Jan 2018   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you get a win 7 Pro license ( possibly through Dell ) then you can do this:

Change these reg entries:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\EditionID "Enterprise"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductName "Windows 7 Enterprise"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\EditionID "Enterprise"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductName "Windows 7 Enterprise"

To these:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\EditionID "Professional"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductName "Windows 7 Professional"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\EditionID "Professional"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductName "Windows 7 Professional"

Then from within your currently running windows ( do not boot the install media) run Setup.exe from Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit install media. When prompted, choose the "Upgrade" option, ( do not get the latest updates from Microsoft when asked, it takes too long ).

When it has "upgraded" , you can enter your 7 pro product key.


[You can up/down any edition using that method.]
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08 Jan 2018   #17
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

To find if you have an oem key in bios, use Rweverything - under the ACPI>MSDM/SLIC tab.

RwPortableX64V1.7.zip

RwPortableV1.7.zip


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09 Jan 2018   #18
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Katrina,,

Please go to the Dell website
Input the serviceTag ID, hopefully your old company registered it

if they did what does it say.

As for the results from Showkeyplus im currently speaking to him about the results
they dont look right.
Can you confirm your running a 64Bit version of the OS
and is Chrome 32 or 64, (see in programs&Features)

Roy

After thoughts
can you go
comp > C > Windows ... is there a windows.old folder

If your receiving a pension from your old company, they (I.T) might be a bit more lenient
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