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I'm having a bit of trouble activating my windows 7 pro 64-bit. I purchased it as an upgrade to my Windows XP Home a few years ago and I did a fresh install (not upgrade) on the hard-drive with Windows XP installed and it activated without any problems.

Today I installed a fresh copy with the same Windows 7 Pro boot disc on a blank hard-drive, it is working but I can't activate it, I keep getting "Invalid product Key", "The software Licensing Service determined that this specificied product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations."

Is there a faster way to install this other than installing windows XP first, XP takes hours to install.
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There's a registry trick involving the "MediaBootInstall" key. I can't remember whether you want it to be 1 or 0, but try changing it and trying to activate again.

Check this guide out. It's step 3.
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You can do one of 2 things:

1. Upgrade from a previous OS; or
2. Buy a full version.

Those are the only legal options you have.
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I'm having a bit of trouble activating my windows 7 pro 64-bit. I purchased it as an upgrade to my Windows XP Home a few years ago and I did a fresh install (not upgrade) on the hard-drive with Windows XP installed and it activated without any problems.

Today I installed a fresh copy with the same Windows 7 Pro boot disc on a blank hard-drive, it is working but I can't activate it, I keep getting "Invalid product Key", "The software Licensing Service determined that this specificied product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations."

Is there a faster way to install this other than installing windows XP first, XP takes hours to install.
There are two additional things you can try to get it to work. They're explained here:

http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...-upgrade-media

This explains three methods, but you've already tried the first one. So I recommend trying method 2 first, and then method 3.

Accept no substitutes for this.
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Thank you guys, I will try the registry hack first and see how it goes.

Just out of curiousity, would installing XP then 7 actually work, or would I have wasted several hours trying that?
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Thank you guys, I will try the registry hack first and see how it goes.

Just out of curiousity, would installing XP then 7 actually work, or would I have wasted several hours trying that?
I think it would be a waste of time because as you can see, we technically don't need any existing version of Windows to use the Windows 7 Upgrade media!

So, I actually don't know if it would work because I've never tried it any other way than as described on that site.
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I think it would be a waste of time because as you can see, we technically don't need any existing version of Windows to use the Windows 7 Upgrade media!

So, I actually don't know if it would work because I've never tried it any other way than as described on that site.
Thankyou sir, activated and ready to go, you have been a great help!!
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Thankyou sir, activated and ready to go, you have been a great help!!
Oh, sweet! You're very welcome.
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I'm having a bit of trouble activating my windows 7 pro 64-bit. I purchased it as an upgrade to my Windows XP Home a few years ago and I did a fresh install (not upgrade) on the hard-drive with Windows XP installed and it activated without any problems.

Today I installed a fresh copy with the same Windows 7 Pro boot disc on a blank hard-drive, it is working but I can't activate it, I keep getting "Invalid product Key", "The software Licensing Service determined that this specificied product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations."

Is there a faster way to install this other than installing windows XP first, XP takes hours to install.
You could use this guide: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...7-version.html


Quote:
Originally Posted by KusH View Post
You can do one of 2 things:

1. Upgrade from a previous OS; or
2. Buy a full version.

Those are the only legal options you have.
FYI, MS level 1 technicians that I've called up in the past for this very same issue the OP was having actually have a fix that does an automated version of the registry hack. The only difference is you don't get to see any registry hack happening, since everything is done through the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT), a built-in utility in any Windows Vista or 7 O.S.

MS seems to have overlooked the problem that people who own pre-installed OEM copies of Windows XP or Windows Vista that don't have or have lost their recovery disk or recovery partition who then buy the upgrade version of Windows 7. Now if their hard drive crashes and they put in a replacement drive, re-install this upgrade version of Windows 7 and they don't have the recovery disk or partition anymore, this registry fix is the way to go.

IIRC, when you upgrade from XP to Vista at some point during the installation you would be asked to insert the XP disk. That never happens with Windows 7.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x1TB HDD (Seagate and Western Digital) ASUS DVD-RW Stock Cooling Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
22" LG LED (1920x1080) Dell Seasonic S12II-620 PSU Antec 300 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Dell Razer Onboard 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770 MSI B75MA-P45 ASUS GTX 660 Ti DirectCU (2GB DDR5) 16GB of RAM (4x4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x1TB HDD (Seagate and Western Digital) ASUS DVD-RW Stock Cooling Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
22" LG LED (1920x1080) Dell Seasonic S12II-620 PSU Antec 300 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Dell Razer Onboard 
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