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User Info: KillerTruffle

KillerTruffle
3 years ago#11
Yeah, if you purchased an upgrade version of Windows, but you do not have a previous version of Windows that you're upgrading from, the upgrade key won't work. You have to have a full version of Windows first, or buy a full version of 7 rather than an upgrade key.

The word "upgrade" ought to be a tip-off...
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User Info: a_Wizards_Baker

a_Wizards_Baker
3 years ago#12
Killah Priest posted...
if its an upgrade key you have to install windows xp or vista first then upgrade to 7

otherwise you'll get invalid key and you'll have to install it keyless and it won't validate.


Another options would be to install the upgrade, and then re-install the upgrade OS on top of the already installed upgrade. It'll see a version of windows already on the HDD and consider it 'upgraded'

User Info: Killah Priest

Killah Priest
3 years ago#13
You sure? I swear I tried that once and it said that the version installed did not support upgrade and to launch the full installer.

Maybe I did it wrong.
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User Info: Shub

Shub
3 years ago#14
Killah Priest posted...
You sure? I swear I tried that once and it said that the version installed did not support upgrade and to launch the full installer.

Maybe I did it wrong.


http://winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-128512
I've never done it myself but it's supposed to work. If it's on Paul Thurrott's website, I have no doubt that it works.
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User Info: Killah Priest

Killah Priest
3 years ago#15
Thanks, I'll have to read through that and see what I did differently.

also excellent info for the issue at hand.
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User Info: KarateKittyKill

KarateKittyKill
3 years ago#16
Okay, okay. I figured it out.

When I installed windows on this PC, it restarted right after the first activation process (after I created my log-in name, "DogePC"), and proceeded to ask me to use the activation key again. I didn't name the second log-in (somehow), but that was the account that was flagged as administrator.

She said that this problem happens often with Windows activation when it asks for the key-code twice, that one of the accounts will have administrative privileges. It was as easy as making "DogePC" administrator, and re-entering the key.

Hope that helps everyone else. That sucked. After dealing with a broken GPU for a whole month and battling ASUS, I thought the worst.
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User Info: -5xad0w-

-5xad0w-
3 years ago#17
Shub posted...
Killah Priest posted...
You sure? I swear I tried that once and it said that the version installed did not support upgrade and to launch the full installer.

Maybe I did it wrong.


http://winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-128512
I've never done it myself but it's supposed to work. If it's on Paul Thurrott's website, I have no doubt that it works.


The RegEdit+slmgr /rearm method works.

I upgraded from Win 7 to Win 8 Pro and use that method to reinstall directly from my Win 8 upgrade disc instead of having to reinstall Win 7 first.
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blax34dm
3 years ago#18
KarateKittyKill posted...
EpicKingdom_ posted...
Or have daddy do it.


I really don't understand why people on this board have to be such dicks. Really, shove your attitude up yours.

Shub posted...
Does the edition of Windows which you have installed correspond to the edition for which your dad bought a license? If you have Professional or Ultimate installed but bought a license for Home Premium, that'll be a problem. It doesn't matter if it's 32- or 64-bit, though.


No. It's Windows 7 Home Premium for OEM software, with the product key.

I reentered the upgrade key again, but it says it doesn't have the availability for upgrading.

Weird stuff. Calling MS now.


He's mad because his mom was late bringing the spaghettios down to him in the basement.

User Info: KarateKittyKill

KarateKittyKill
3 years ago#19
blax34dm posted...
KarateKittyKill posted...
EpicKingdom_ posted...
Or have daddy do it.


I really don't understand why people on this board have to be such dicks. Really, shove your attitude up yours.

Shub posted...
Does the edition of Windows which you have installed correspond to the edition for which your dad bought a license? If you have Professional or Ultimate installed but bought a license for Home Premium, that'll be a problem. It doesn't matter if it's 32- or 64-bit, though.


No. It's Windows 7 Home Premium for OEM software, with the product key.

I reentered the upgrade key again, but it says it doesn't have the availability for upgrading.

Weird stuff. Calling MS now.


He's mad because his mom was late bringing the spaghettios down to him in the basement.


lol
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