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Quick question. I have built an i3 based server/24-7 download box. The OS was supposed to be Win 7 Pro as I had an OEM key handy. The Build would not install from a win7 pro ISO burnt to DVD flagging a missing CD/DVD driver as the issue. Nothing I tried fixed the issue. I grabbed relevant drivers, chipset drivers and disabled RAID and IDE options in the BIOS that may have caused the issue.
I then tried to install XP home which only got so far before I got BSODs. I went back into the BIOS and restored default settings. XP Home then happily installed. At this point I should say what a massive shock it was going back to XP. Win 7 is such a great OS that it felt so alien and archaic going back to XP.
Once XP was on there I tried again to do a clean install over with Win 7 Pro but the same problem has occured. I decided to try my box copy of Win 7 Home Premium and install is currently flying through (w00t)! The problem I now for see is activation. What will happen if I put my Win 7 Pro key in? Will MS support help?
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The windows 7 key that I got from my school didn't seem to care whether I used it on professional or home (which I accidentally installed the first time).

If you have any issues, call microsoft and explain your situation. They're normally pretty good about that stuff from my experience.
    
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Well it wouldn't accept the key saying it was for the wrong SKU. I rang MS but I only had two options and ended up going round in a loop of choosing the same options. I used my home activation key and I am now in. I will install all the correct drivers for the MOBO and see if I can then do a clean install of Win 7 Pro. What a ball ache.
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So I'm having exactly the same problem as before now, googling shows that the issue is not necessarily a cd/DVD drive issue but instead a controller issue, I have the chipset drivers on a USB stick but the install still won't do anything with them once once I pointed the installation at them. I'm now stuck watching the kids for half hour so have had a chance to do more googling (iPad is dads best friend). Some have advised that this is an issue with installing the 64 bit version. The CPU and mobo are a core i3 540 and an MSI h55 ed66, which should be fine for a 64bit install no!? Admittedly my key is actually a 32bit key but I was told it wouldn't matter. Considering I could probably get the ISO for the 32bit version downloaded in a couple of hours I might just try it. I don't really need a 64 bit version on this rig anyway as its purely a download box and server.
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Install from usb? and the key should work on both 32 or 64 bit versions.
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i don't have a USB key big enough. I have never done an install from a flash device before so it would have been cool to try. I now have the x86 version burning to disc. Will give that a go.
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Found another (legit) download source last night that showed the Win7 Pro ISO as 3GB rather then the 2.3GB i had burnt to DVD (4 times)! Tried the install this morning and everything went perfectly !!! W00t!!
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lol! where were you yesterday! Thanks for the link. Will no doubt become useful when I switch to an OS SSD in the next month.
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