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^I wasn't familiar with this ABR software. It looks like something you would use if a computer already had Windows 7 and you wanted to reinstall it on the same computer. Am I incorrect? If so, how can I use ABR in my situation? Would usng it be easier than the double install method?
    
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1) YES. Use method #2 from , especially if you don't want to install XP first on the new build and then install Windows 7 on top of it. If all else fails, give MS a call at 1-800-936-5700.

2) Your Windows 7 won't validate the old key, it will only look for a previous installation of Windows on the computer, if it does not find a previous Windows install use method #2 from http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...-upgrade-media.
I strongly recommend using this registry method over a double-install. It'll save you so much time and it's really simple. I've used it countless times myself.
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So... build computer, boot from burnt ISO of Windows 7 upgrade, tweak registry... and then my upgrade key will activate my OS after only one install?

Let's see, I just found this: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how...sh_pc?page=0,1

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The final step is to simply bring up the start menu, type "Activate Windows", then follow the prompts to success. This is a known working solution to perform a fresh install using upgrade media, but let me warn you now, it may eventually get patched out.
I'm guessing it never got "patched out?"
    
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Yep, that's precisely it. It's not been "patched out" and I highly doubt it will be.
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Yep, that's precisely it. It's not been "patched out" and I highly doubt it will be.
Because of they did, MS would be giving the finger to a lot of people who went and bought the upgrade version. That's not really god for business, IMHO.
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well my upgrade disc ended up working as a retail disc... so I didn't have to double install/regedit. interesting.
    
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