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Windows 7: Is it possible to de-activate Windows 7?

26 Jul 2010   #11
Narsil

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
You could possibly install the Enterprise 90 Day trial. If that works, Home and Pro will work: Windows 7 Enterprise | Trial, Evaluation, Test, Download
Excellent! Probably the workaround I was looking for! I didn't realise there was a trial version of any kind of Windows 7 available, other than the old 7100 RC build. Will this trial version update though? Actually, I can check it out myself. I'm lazy, but not THAT lazy.

Thanks


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26 Jul 2010   #12
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

I would also look into what Bill2 said:

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Just install your copy of Windows 7 on the friend's PC but DONT ACTIVATE. You can continue in this unactivated state for 120 days max after which you need to get a genuine copy. That should give you sufficient time to try out drivers etc. on the friend's machine.
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26 Jul 2010   #13
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Just be real careful if you are using your own copy. Activation is automatic by default. Don't want to accidentally activate on the new machine which would then invalidate your original machine.

Personally I might go fo rthe explicit 90 day trial key thorsen mentoined just to be safe
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26 Jul 2010   #14
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Just be real careful if you are using your own copy. Activation is automatic by default. Don't want to accidentally activate on the new machine which would then invalidate your original machine.

Personally I might go fo rthe explicit 90 day trial key thorsen mentoined just to be safe
lol...you need to actually enter the key to make it activate online by default or by accident. Just dont enter the key and uncheck the box "Activate automatically when I go online", that'll make sure.
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26 Jul 2010   #15
steve-pressman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

Yes the trial version will update.


Steve
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26 Jul 2010   #16
Narsil

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Just install your copy of win7 on the friend's PC but DONT ACTIVATE. You can continue in this unactivated state for 120 days max after which you need to get a genuine copy. That should give you sufficient time to try out drivers etc. on the friend's machine.
I don't think you can get windows updates on a non-activated copy though, can you? To be honest, that is exactly what I was planning to do, but if something needs a windows update to work, then I'd have to be prepared to activate/validate/update it to see if it fixed it. Otherwise, I'd end up getting numerous "The screen's gone all blue again" calls if I let him try and sort it himself. Wish I'd kept my mouth shut about the spare board now.

Thanks, anyway
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26 Jul 2010   #17
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Narsil View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Just install your copy of win7 on the friend's PC but DONT ACTIVATE. You can continue in this unactivated state for 120 days max after which you need to get a genuine copy. That should give you sufficient time to try out drivers etc. on the friend's machine.
I don't think you can get windows updates on a non-activated copy though, can you? To be honest, that is exactly what I was planning to do, but if something needs a windows update to work, then I'd have to be prepared to activate/validate/update it to see if it fixed it. Otherwise, I'd end up getting numerous "The screen's gone all blue again" calls if I let him try and sort it himself. Wish I'd kept my mouth shut about the spare board now.

Thanks, anyway
Who says?
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26 Jul 2010   #18
Narsil

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Cheers, fellas.

I've repped everyone who replied (I think!). I'll start with the Enterprise trial, I didn't even know it existed. Potentially saved me a load of grief, that.
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26 Jul 2010   #19
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Narsil View Post
...He's a show-off, though and will probably want Ultimate.
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26 Jul 2010   #20
Narsil

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Who says?
You mean it's possible to update a non-activated installation? I'd just assumed you couldn't because you had to validate it first. Go on, I'm all ears
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