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Interesting, I guess I will have to try the regedit method, but I know for a fact that without any regedit, etc...you will get the 30 day activation prompt and MS will tell you to find a pre-existing OS license unless you find someone that gives you a standalone key otherwise.

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A few others have said it but you've misunderstood or ignored or just missed it altogether:

For a FULL INSTALL with Windows 7, using the UPGRADE ONLY version is possible. To do this, you install Windows 7 using your Upgrade Only version. After it is installed, it will tell you to activate within 30 days or lose support. The key is for an upgrade version ONLY and will not work. HOWEVER, insert the CD or open the ISO image, and 'Upgrade' your Windows 7 version to the SAME version, and then use the CD Key, and voila, you now have a fully activated version of Windows 7 of your choosing.


Example:
Buy Windows 7 Professional x64 UPGRADE ONLY for $30 from Microsoft.
Install using the ISO image you download (which will be a full install version).
The key will not work (unless you've installed an OS on your hard drive previously).
To fix this, open the ISO / insert the CD and select the 'Upgrade' option.
Choose to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional x64.
Use the key you obtained with your purchase that I mentioned in the beginning, and you now have a full version.



I know for a fact this works, because I used this exact method to install Windows 7 Professional x64 (purchased for $30 on the Microsoft Student site linked earlier in this thread) on my girlfriend's computer using a brand new, blank, never-before-used HDD. And yes, there is nothing illegal, or frowned-upon by Microsoft with this method, as this is a genuine copy of Windows. I have installed many of the programs exclusive to having a Genuine Activated copy of Windows AFTER using this method.
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i bought a couple from this site.

http://www.genuinekey.com/

can take a couple hours to get the key.. but they work fine
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i bought a couple from this site.

http://www.genuinekey.com/

can take a couple hours to get the key.. but they work fine
Ima buy one from here. They look legit and use paypal
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Originally Posted by Maian View Post
A few others have said it but you've misunderstood or ignored or just missed it altogether:

For a FULL INSTALL with Windows 7, using the UPGRADE ONLY version is possible. To do this, you install Windows 7 using your Upgrade Only version. After it is installed, it will tell you to activate within 30 days or lose support. The key is for an upgrade version ONLY and will not work. HOWEVER, insert the CD or open the ISO image, and 'Upgrade' your Windows 7 version to the SAME version, and then use the CD Key, and voila, you now have a fully activated version of Windows 7 of your choosing.


Example:
Buy Windows 7 Professional x64 UPGRADE ONLY for $30 from Microsoft.
Install using the ISO image you download (which will be a full install version).
The key will not work (unless you've installed an OS on your hard drive previously).
To fix this, open the ISO / insert the CD and select the 'Upgrade' option.
Choose to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional x64.
Use the key you obtained with your purchase that I mentioned in the beginning, and you now have a full version.



I know for a fact this works, because I used this exact method to install Windows 7 Professional x64 (purchased for $30 on the Microsoft Student site linked earlier in this thread) on my girlfriend's computer using a brand new, blank, never-before-used HDD. And yes, there is nothing illegal, or frowned-upon by Microsoft with this method, as this is a genuine copy of Windows. I have installed many of the programs exclusive to having a Genuine Activated copy of Windows AFTER using this method.
Nice, didn't know this was how it worked though.

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Is there a reason that you need the full copy though? The OEM copy is just as good.
If you can't pick up the $30 discounted OS, just buy an OEM one.
    
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Don't trust strange sites or eBay sellers offering Windows 7 keys at crazy low prices. They are most likely Technet or MSDNA keys that people are illegally selling, and have the possibility of being blocked by Microsoft. As others have mentioned the cheapest legitimate way to get Windows 7 is the $29.99 student deal. If you are not a student then your best bet is probably the Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack for $139.99 (+tax and shipping, it can be installed on up to 3 computers). Even if you don't need Windows 7 for three computers right now it might come in handy in the future. As others have mentioned it's fairly easy to do a clean install and activate using an upgrade key. You have two options, the double install method or registry hack method. Maximillian-E has already posted a link to the guide I use that outlines both methods:

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Originally Posted by Maximillian-E View Post
I have done a clean install with the upgrade.
here is a quote from the method that I have done. Works multiple times and no problems.

Note: This workaround is not supported by Microsoft but my understanding is that it has a 100 percent success rate. If you are nervous that performing this workaround will lead to later complications--unlikely, but not impossible--please use Method #3, below, instead. Method #3 is supported by Microsoft.

Open regedit.exe with Start Menu Search and navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/

Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media

Change MediaBootInstall from "1" to "0". (Double-click it and then enter 0 in the dialog that appears.)

Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media

Close RegEdit.

Open the Start Menu again and type cmd in Start Menu search to display a shortcut to the Command Line utility. Right-click this shortcut and choose "Run as administrator." Handle the UAC prompt.

In the command line window, type: slmgr /rearm


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

Edited by Ben the OCer - 8/14/11 at 5:47pm
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I can vouch for the digital river $29.99 student deal; I paid extra to get a proper Win7 DVD though, so it cost me about $55 or so. It's worth it IMO since having the real-deal for install media makes me feel a lot better than a burned ISO.
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1. install cheap student upgrade onto clean hdd, dont enter hdd, just click next.
2. run the dvd again from within windows, install over the one you just installed and enter key which should work
3. ???
4. profit
    
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