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Upgrade Vs Clean Install Key Fix


I have a feeling this is just a rant that will fall on deaf ears, but i would hope that someone at microsoft sees this and realizes that windows 7 has not made things simpler. Just about every version of windows since 95 has allowed upgrades. Those discs would require the presence of a previous version before installing, or if installing a fresh version, would simply ask for a key or previous install disk.

I just spent the better part of a day wasting my time to install a fresh copy of 7 that i now can't legitimately activate because my copy is 'upgrade' despite the fact that i own windows vista. This is ridiculous. Is there anything i can do to get my install to ask for my underlying key? Maybe it's time to cut the cord and go to linux, or perhaps just switch to mac. At least they have a straight forward licensing policy that won't leave me hanging.


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Key Was For Upgrade And Not For Clean Install

When i purchased windows 7 online from the ultimate steal, it wasn't clear that it was an upgrade until it was too late and i'd already paid for it. Since it was intended for my brand new tower i have no previous operating system to upgrade from. I managed to do a fresh install regardless from a bootable disk. When i went online to enter the product key, it told me it was for the upgrade and not a clean install. I have 27 days to enter a product key. The reason i got it online was because of the offer for students. Being a student i can't afford to pay for a whole new operating system again and was wondering what i could do to avoid this?

Posted On: 2010-01-03 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Upgrade Product Key With Clean Install

I removed my previous post because i thought i had solved the problem, but i was incorrect. To make a long story short, i have a laptop that came pre-installed with windows 7 starter edition. It was not accompanied with a cd or dvd to reinstall windows. I had to reformat the hard drive for unrelated issues, and was stuck without a computer. I had purchased a windows home premium upgrade through the current college student promotion and tried to use that product key, but discovered it would not work for obvious reasons. I'd like to speak to someone about providing both of my keys (the windows 7 starter key on the sticker on the bottom of my laptop and the windows 7 hp upgrade key) to facilitate activation of my install.

Posted On: 2010-01-03 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade Product Key Vs Clean Install Issue

Recently i purchased a copy of windows 7 professional and installed it onto a linux/unix system. After the instillation was completed, the product key i received would not work claiming it was an upgrade key. Although having it install on this non-windows computer so well, i can't believe upgrade/clean install are so vastly different that they require different product keys. There are also no options for telephone activation for some reason. Does this mean i'm officially forced to buy a whole new copy of windows 7 just for a product key?

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

Invalid Product Key When Upgrading Or Clean Install

I have done many windows version upgrades and clean installs. I have purchased an upgrade version of win 7 specifically for use on a macbook pro using vmware fusion. I have tried both upgrading a copy of win xp and a clean install. Both attempts give me the message of "invalid product key" when i get to that point of the install. It does not allow me to finish the install. I have retyped the product key multiple times for each. This purchase was from office depot and looked previously unopened. I have not seen a satisfactory method for correcting this on the microsoft site or in the forums i have been to so far.

Posted On: 2010-03-03 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Changing Activation Key - Clean Install On Dell

I want to install a 40 gb intel ssd, but windows came preinstalled on my computer from dell. I recently contacted dell and they told me that no recovery media was available for windows 7 (dubious, i know), and that they could not help me. I have a copy of win 7 professional through the msdn academic alliance, i upgraded it to ultimate and therefore would prefer not to lose it. Therefore, i was wondering 2 things:1. If i install from the win 7 professional addition cd, but changed my activation key to the win 7 ultimate key, would i run into any problems?2. And if i did this, would upgrade the additional features included in ultimate edition (i suspect yes, but i'd like a confirmation)?

Posted On: 2010-08-18 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I need help with planning my upgrade to windows 7 from windows xp pro. Can i do this upgrade as a clean install using upgrade media if i've only got one hard drive? I'm currently running 32-bit windows xp professional and want to upgrade to 64-bit windows 7 professional.

My laptop only has one hard drive on it, so installing "fresh" to a separate hd isn't possible. Since i already back up all my data to an external hd, i'd like to just format the internal hd and install windows 7 onto that. Will that be possible though using upgrade media? How does it verify my existing xp pro license?


Posted On: 2009-10-05 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Upgrade Or Clean Install

I have a dell studio one 1909 that is being serviced soon because the motherboard went out.
I ordered and received the window 7 upgrade packet from dell several months ago but was too chicken to complete the upgrade from the horror stories i have read. Would now be a good time to do this upgrade?  Would a "clean install" be better? Can i still do the upgrade or install of windows 7 even after the january 2010 free upgrade program deadline? Will i have any problems registering or activating window 7 now?


Posted On: 2010-04-29 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Can An Upgrade Be A Clean Install?

A friend of mine is getting a free upgrade to windows 7 home premium, as he bought a laptop right before windows 7 was released. Yes, it really is taking this long for people to get their upgrade discs through arvato. His question to me, and which i'm posing here because i have no personal experience, is whether the windows 7 upgrade disc can be installed as a clean install. I have advised him to do a clean install if at all possible, because of the many problems we've heard from people who have done in-place upgrades from vista. It's just that neither of us is sure of the mechanics of how to do that (or whether it's possible).

Posted On: 2010-04-13 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

Clean Install With Upgrade Media

Well my computer had rescue discs but since they were proven to be functionally useless i was stuck with a very buggy system after a recently (read: yesterday) reformat/reinstall. Well, things have been screwed up to the point where i need to start fresh. I purchased win7 pro x86 and have that installed currently. My comp shipped with vista and that is what is contained (somewhere i'm sure) within my useless rescue discs. My question is if i could perform a clean install over my existing win7 install w/o any problems using my upgrade disc. Please help; i am tired and fed up and could really use a hand.

Posted On: 2010-06-05 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

How To Clean Install With Upgrade Media?

I had a virus and my windows vista (64 bit) system crashed and would not re-boot. First, i tried to restore the system to the dell factory setting (like new) but it still will not start. Then, on a different machine, i downloaded "darik's boot and nuke" to cd. I plan to nuke my system and then upgrade to windows 7. How do i validate that i have a license for this computer, allowing me to use the upgrade w7 disc? Ps  it is a dell machine that came with vista 64 bit pre-installed.

Posted On: 2010-05-29 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Cannot Clean Install With Upgrade Media

I recently reformatted my hard drive because of multiple errors and the like piling up on my system. After installing windows again and installing my applications, i remembered i skipped registration during the setup process, so i went to activate my key, and i got this error:
The following failure occured while trying to use the product key:

Code:
0xc004f061

Description: the software licensing service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations. This is very bad for me, because i got my copy of windows with the student discount via download, and unless there is a workaround or microsoft would kindly reinstate my product key, then i will have no pc. My pc will expire in 27 days, please help microsoft.


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

Student Upgrade Version Cannot Be Used For A Clean Install

I bought windows 7 student upgrade back in i believe it was december, i kept the bootable jumpdrive i made from it and the registration key. The hard drive i installed it on failed recently, so i went out and bought 2 new ones, set it up in raid, and reinstalled windows 7 as well as transferred over some of the files i keep backed up and installed all the programs i lost. Bout a week later i realized i never activated it, and upon doing so received the error that the student upgrade version cannot be used for a clean install.

Now i am fairly sure i can find the original windows discs and registration numbers, however do i need to uninstall windows 7, install the old windows, just to reinstall windows 7 and all of the programs again? (Took me an entire weekend so i think you could see why i don't wish to do this) or is there a way of showing that i have a previous version without needing to go through the hoops of uninstalling everything.


Posted On: 2010-06-03 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade Disc Clean Install Problem

I have a computer that came with vista home and upgraded to windows 7. We ran into problems and was advised to do a clean installation. I did the clean install on a new hdd and cannot use the upgrade activation key code. Now what? I've already transfered all the data and cannot easily wipe the drive and reinstall vista to to do the upgrade. I have all the activation numbers from both vista and windows 7, can't i just talk to someone to get the correct activation numbers for this situation?

Posted On: 2010-01-06 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Upgrade Or Clean Install Using Oem Disk

I am building pretty much a new system, just for myself. I will have new motherboard, new hard drives, new case, new psu, new video system (going sli). I currently have xp sp3 and i want to go to win 7. I bought an oem copy of win 7, but have not broken the seal, and won't unless i know i can use it. My question is: once all the hardware is together, my assumption is that in my oem package i will find a win 7 dvd from which i can straightforwardly install windows. Can i do this, or should i get a retail version?

Posted On: 2010-03-12 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Is it possible to wipe a hard drive leaving only the operating system? Well i am planning on building myself a new computer but i was keeping the same hard drive and i wanted to have a fresh start as my hard drive is full of junk which would literally take hours to remove so is it possible to wipe the hard drive leaving only win 7 as i have the took the student deal for buying it and i am pretty sure it was a upgrade copy so wiping my hard drive and just installing win 7 would not work or is it possible to clean install win 7 with a upgrade copy.

Posted On: 2010-07-09 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Pre-installed Vista - In-place Upgrade Or Clean Install

I have a laptop, which came pre-installed with windows vista. I'm looking to upgrade this to windows 7, but would like to know one thing before i purchase the upgrade license.
 
If i was to purchase the upgrade license, would i need to first reinstall windows vista, then do an in-place upgrade to windows 7, or could i do a completely clean install of windows 7 using the vista oem key as proof that the laptop was/still is licensed for windows vista?
 
I've just read the post at http://social. Answers.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/w7install/thread/6719ae72-7187-45cd-80f7-55e66f3ec686 which seems to suggest initially that you must perform an upgrade, then in the instructions says that you can do a "custom(advanced)" install, which is the normal option to perform a fresh reinstall.
 
So from this, i gather that i must install windows vista, and activate the license etc, then insert the windows 7 disc, at which point i can either perform an in-place upgrade, or a full clean install?


Posted On: 2010-05-17 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Clean Install With Upgrade Media - Activation Code Wont Work

Im a student in the pitt system. We were issued a copy of windows 7 ultimate upgrade version. I have a laptop with vista on it and would be happy to keep it on there. I recently built a new computer from scratch and would like to put my copy on windows 7 on there.
 
Everything worked up until i got to the activation code since it was as fresh of an install as it could be. The activation code wont work though. Being a college student, i don't have enough money to buy even an old copy to install so i can upgrade to windows 7. Are there any very low cost (under $30) options in order to have my windows 7 work?


Posted On: 2010-05-08 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Install Upgrade - Product Key Has Been Blocked

I've reinstalled windows 7 ultimate many times due to the failure of my computer, but i'm getting this message whenever i enter the product key:"the product key you typed has been blocked from use by microsoft"i'm then given 4 different options to choose. I tried doing the activation over the phone but that just turned into a wasted call because it rejected the number i entered after following the on-screen instructions. So what can i do to activate my genuine copy of windows 7 ultimate?

Posted On: 2010-06-05 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

Install Upgrade Key Blocked - Scammed?

Been running the release candidate for as long as i can and have been very happy with windows 7. So, when the rc expired i purchased windows 7 ultimate so i wouldn't be downgrading my install. However, after 4 days of using it, i'm not receiving a windows activation error, where it says that the product key i have typed in has been blocked. As i recall, the packaging was all intact, nothing missing nor any stickers torn (i'm very skeptical about this sort of thing, especially when it is $300 down the drain if something goes wrong).

So, i'm thinking i was scammed. Don't know how, but i've typed the product key in 3 times and checked that it's correct. My question then is whether there is a way to get my windows 7 ultimate without paying another $300.


Posted On: 2010-04-13 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Install Upgrade Product Key Blocked

I have been using windows7 since the start of this year. Yesterday my computer crashed, likely from having two many applications open. This happens every so often. Even the background photo went away for the first time ever. Today when i restored to a previous windows from the day before i had a message that i may not have a legal copy of windows 7, so i went through the process of validation. I entered the same product key i entered months ago and windows still blocked it. Where do i go from here?

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

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 .

Can I Use Upgrade Disk To Fix A Virus?

I have a lenovo ideapad that runs windows vista home premium. The laptop came with the operating system already installed, so i do not have a clean disk. I have a really bad virus that keeps me from looking at my indexes, doing a system restore or a virus scan with kapersky to do any type of repair. The virus keeps anything related to flash, java, windows media, activex, etc. From running. If i purchase and install an upgrade disk of either windows vista home premium or windows 7 would it fix the problem?  Or, do i need to wipe the entire system and start over with a clean disk? Is there some something that can be done if the operating system is on the computer when it's purchased?

Posted On: 2010-08-19 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Install Upgrade And Activate - Product Key Invalid

I bought my copy of windows 7 ultimate on ebay 3 months back.initially the product key activated successfully and the wga validation was also successful. I have tried to validate several time without any issues. Now after 3 months windows comes with message product key is invalid and key has been blocked by microsoft, but still when i validate my copy of windows it validates successfully. Can somebody advice if was cheated by the guy on ebay. I am attaching the dump from mgadiag.exe diagnostic report (1. 9. 0027. 0):

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

Install Upgrade - Activating Win 7 Product Key

In january i got a free windows 7 starter disk in the mail. Last month i upgraded to windows 7 ultimate for like 100 bucks at the store. Last week i had did a whole reformat thing to my computer cause it was acting up really bad and when i restarted the computer as windows 7 ultimate it asked for me to put in my product key again that i got from the store. I tried that and it wouldn't work. And the computer says i still have 22 days left to activate windows 7. Any ideas? I tried the free starter product key as well . No luck. And i no longer have the free windows starter disk either or product key for windows ultimate cause i accidentally shipped them in the mail with household goods back to the states, where im being stationed next.

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

Can I Clean Install And Keep Programs?

I currently have vista 32 bit - want to upgrade to windows 7 because of damage that was left behind from a virus - my whole system is screwy. And, yes i have tried everything in the forums trying to fix it. I want to keep my office 2007 ultimate, but do not have a disk - bought it digitally. I have the key though. Is there a way for me to do a clean install of both without having the office disk? Shouldn't i have access to a digital file through my digital locker? It has been several years since i purchased the office ultimate.

Posted On: 2010-07-10 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Clean Install From Vista To 7

I've upgraded my vista to win7 using the upgrade dvd i've got from hp. Today, i restored it to vista because i was not happy with the performance. I heard that clean install is better than upgrading, so can anyone please tell me if it is possible with just an upgrade dvd of win7? Also, will i be able to have the hp programs after the clean install?

I've also read several threads on errors while installing and product key errors. How likely that this will happen to me? "Windows. Old folder" can i just erase this folder after the installation? Lastly, will i still be able to factory default my os and have it back to vista if i'm still not happy with win7?


Posted On: 2010-01-19 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Windows.old After Clean Install

I had a pc with a 32 bit version of vista installed. Now the pc had been playing up for a number of weeks (computer not starting up on every occasion, very very slow) and so i decided to bite the bullet and go to windows 7. Received the discs and got round to updating it today - my pc was 64bit ready and so i decided to go to the 64bit version. Therefore after doing some reading i was aware that i would have to do a clean install, something that i (seemingly naively) thought would format my disk and get rid of everything off my computer (something that i had wanted to do anyway, as i had backed up all my important files).

After a little problem running the upgrade, i eventually got to install windows 7 (bypassing the advanced disk options which is where i now think a format option lives), and whilst it is working fine, i was surprised to find a windows. Old file there with a reasonable chunk of my old files.
Now as they were not formatted am i in danger of whatever issues were plaguing my pc being carried over into my new windows 7 era?

So i guess i have two parts to this question:

- Will a non formatted windows. Old file potentially carry with it whatever problems it may have had before? Will these be solved if i just delete this windows. Old file now that they are no longer involved in the os given that windows 7 has been installed ok?

- If the files above could still cause me a problem - can i run the upgrade disc again, or will it now not function correctly given that i have used my upgrade product key, and that vista isn't technically installed on my computer again?


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

All Programs Were Gone After Clean Install On C Drive

I did a clean install from vista to windows 7 because i wanted to clear out my entire c drive and start fresh but once i installed it all my programs were gone but it was still the same about of available space. Did i do something wrong or is there something i should do now. I tried to format the disk drive but i wasn't able to because the version of windows that i am using is located on that drive.

Posted On: 2009-11-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Clean Install And Losing Files

Talking about a clean install and losing files. If the hard drive is already partitioned, will i only lose the files on the side that i install windows 7 to? Can anyone help me with that?

Posted On: 2009-11-01 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .