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Upgrade To New Hard Drive - Product Key Not Valid


My hard drive crashed - trying to install windows 7 upgrade to new hard drive - product key not valid. I upgraded my computer running vista to windows 7 with an upgrade disk - no problem. My hard drive crashed so i now have a brand new hard drive in the computer.

I boot from the windows 7 dvd but of course the product key is invalid because there is no operating system on the new hard drive. Is there a way to get around this without having to install an operating system on my new hard drive first?


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Install Upgrade - Product Key Not Valid

I am a graduate student at at univ. Of maryland, college park. Until around a month ago, i was using windows vista, but it kept giving me problems and viruses. So, i decided to switch to windows 7. The windows 7 cd is available at subsidized rates for staff members at the university. Since i am a teaching assistant, i could avail of this discount. Although i had asked for the upgrade cd, when i was installing windows 7, the cd asked me whether i wanted to upgrade an existing os or install a fresh copy.

I was not aware that the upgrade cd cannot be used for fresh install. I thought that if the upgrade cd cannot be used for a fresh install, then the cd would not give me the option of a fresh install. But since it did give the option, i decided to erase the windows vista files and install windows 7 afresh, since windows vista was giving problems. So, i installed windows 7 ultimate afresh, and i was asked to activate it. Its been about a month, and when i try to activate it, it says that the product key is not valid (that is, it can only be used for upgrade) and hence i am not using a legal windows copy.

But i was not told that the cd can not be used for fresh install while installing, and was given an option to either upgrade or install afresh, which resulted in me deleting my original windows vista files. I immediately contacted the university it helpdesk, but they do not have the fresh windows 7/vista cds for graduate students, they only have update cds, and advised me to contact microsoft. What should i do now? Can i get a new product key?


Posted On: 2010-07-19 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Non Valid Key Product

I recently purchased the windows 7 home premium upgrade pack and had it installed on my laptop. I also activated them. The same day after i installed windows 7 i got a virus in my system so i used the cds to format my laptop. After i formated it i checked to see if the windows were activated which they weren't. When i tried to use the key in the product case it gave me an error saying that the code was ment for update version only and not for full installs.

Does the activation , i did before formating the laptop, have anything to do with it?How can i activate them again?Should i install another version of windows and then update them?Would this solve my problem? Or is there any simpler way to do it?Please answer as soon as possible you can.


Posted On: 2010-01-05 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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I had vista home premium running on my desktop and vista basic on my laptop. I purchased an upgrade to win7 home premium through digital river (using a student offer) and promptly upgraded my desktop- no problem there. I also upgraded my laptop which worked fine, but now it says that the trial period is over and that i need to activate windows. The product key that i purchased was apparently only for one machine.

I bought a new product key off the internet (ebay) but the activation screen tells me that the product key is not a valid windows sku. The ebay vendor gave me a download to create a disk for the win7 software which i did and tried installing it using the "upgrade" option and the "custom" option. Both methods will not accept the product key.

Do i need to either:
1. Reinstall vista and then do the win 7 again, or
2. Buy another product key again?


Posted On: 2010-01-21 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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My question is - can i just change the installed product key on the laptop from the full version to the upgrade version without having to re-install vista first and then doing the upgrade? If you find my response helpful, please click on the "vote as helpful" button!


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If i can't activate an english install what options do i have? Is the french family pack of no use to me?


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Product Key Was Intended For Upgrade Only

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I want a real person on the other end, and i want to ask if they could remove it from the old computer. Until then, does anyone know how to undo an upgrade? I tried to upgrade to windows 7 home by typing the product key on the bottom of the bottom of the new computer, but because it was home, it said that i couldn't downgrade. Again, anyone know how to undo an upgrade?


Posted On: 2009-12-12 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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1. Can i move the product key from my old broken laptop to a new one (like in question 2).

2. Can i do a clean install on a mac using bootcamp and use the product key from my old laptop that broke from above with the upgrade windows 7 ultimate.


Posted On: 2010-05-22 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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To get around this, i wiped my system, set up two equal partitions, installed linux on one, and borrowed my buddy's windows 7 install disk to install it on the other. After i installed, i tried to active, and got an error message saying my product key is for upgrade-only, not fresh installs.
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Posted On: 2010-06-05 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-06-03 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-07-17 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Install Upgrade And Activate - Product Key Invalid

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Posted On: 2010-07-15 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-07-26 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-07-10 . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

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As i said im fairly certain i know the answer and its that i get a new hard drive and will have to get the full version of 7 but just wanted to check with people who know far more on the subject than i do.


Posted On: 2009-11-06 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Will 64-bit Product Key Work With 32-bit Upgrade ?

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Posted On: 2010-01-17 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-03-03 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-11-13 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-05-10 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-08 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-05-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-10-28 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .