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License/Activation/Installation queries.


1) How do upgrade versions work in practice? Install as usual then put in Vista/XP key as well as "upgrade" key code to activate?

2) Can I "upgrade" my computer to 7, then go and fresh install vista using it's original key on another computer?

3) Anyone happen to have used/tried the MS student discount scheme/shop/thing before?


Context: Currently got 32bit vista & wouldn't mind 64bit 7. OEM version for £70 or upgrade version is £38 straight from MS if you're a student

Thanks in advance!
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1) Yes, but it must detect a valid previous OS. If you attempt to install an Upgrade Version on a completely wiped system, it will tell you your key is invalid. There are ways around this, google is your friend.
2) I've never tested this, I've heard MS deactivates the license key of the previous OS.
3) I got the Student Discount version years ago, as far as I know it's no different than a Win7 Home Premium Upgrade edition/key.

Edit - Oh I see your Student Discount version is different. I was referring to the one that was offered for $30, but you got no physical media. Also it was Home Premium instead of Professional.
Edited by BinaryDemon - 1/5/12 at 9:48am
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1. Its a download and you upgrade and use the key they gave you to activate.
2. You should be able to use your old vista with its key on another computer once you upgrade to win7.
3. Yes I am currently on 64bit that I got with my student discount. I've used it on clean installs and even on my new build/upgrade.
There are threads that tell you how to put your iso you download on cd and then do a full clean install using the win7 upgrade.
Great option and money saver if you have the offer.

what your looking at is exactly what I have. Just make sure you do a clean install. Google it and you will find plenty of how to's.
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here is a way around just using an upgrade disc.

Install windows using the upgrade. When it asks for the cd key, dont insert it. leave it blank.
Once fully done installing windows, restart the whole thing again. This time, insert your cd key when it asks.
What you are doing is installing ontop of a previous version of windows and its fully legit.

I cant remember if its on the upgrade box, or on MS website, but you are legally allowed to do this according to MS.
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1) Yes, but it must detect a valid previous OS. If you attempt to install an Upgrade Version on a completely wiped system, it will tell you your key is invalid. There are ways around this, google is your friend.

Thanks for the reply. I'll have a google. Would you mind expanding on the above point please?

The product page for that upgrade says that to go from 32bit vista to 64bit 7 (and indeed with pretty much every combination) it requires a fresh install, presumably meaning the OS drive needs to be formatted a some point. Does the "upgrade version" detect & verify an existing valid OS just before it gets to the formatting stage then?

I've dealt with reactivation and have had "broken motherboards" before wink.gif So I've got a decent idea of how that works if need be. My current OS is legal/valid/activated all fine.
    
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Thanks for the reply. I'll have a google. Would you mind expanding on the above point please?
The product page for that upgrade says that to go from 32bit vista to 64bit 7 (and indeed with pretty much every combination) it requires a fresh install, presumably meaning the OS drive needs to be formatted a some point. Does the "upgrade version" detect & verify an existing valid OS just before it gets to the formatting stage then?
I've dealt with reactivation and have had "broken motherboards" before wink.gif So I've got a decent idea of how that works if need be. My current OS is legal/valid/activated all fine.

Dont worry about it, i went from 32bit to the exact same version you linked.
You just need to make sure that you have a disc. If its a digital download use imgburn and create one from the .iso downloaded. I did it that way and even added a physical disc from MS for the extra $6 or $7.
Here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html
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Are you an IT student and does your school participate in the Microsoft program for IT programs? I get all Microsoft products with no charge. And I mean ALL products. Special website where I log in and download and install with a key emailed to my school address. If you're IT, inquire about it.
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Are you an IT student and does your school participate in the Microsoft program for IT programs? I get all Microsoft products with no charge. And I mean ALL products. Special website where I log in and download and install with a key emailed to my school address. If you're IT, inquire about it.

damn was not aware of that, ill check with my school too tongue.gif
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here is a way around just using an upgrade disc.
Install windows using the upgrade. When it asks for the cd key, dont insert it. leave it blank.
Once fully done installing windows, restart the whole thing again. This time, insert your cd key when it asks.
What you are doing is installing ontop of a previous version of windows and its fully legit.
I cant remember if its on the upgrade box, or on MS website, but you are legally allowed to do this according to MS.

There's a much faster method he could try first, before resorting to the lengthy double-install method:

1. Open regedit.exe.
2. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/
3. Change MediaBootInstall from 1 to 0.
4. Close regedit
5. Open console/cmd as administrator.
6. Type in: slmgr /rearm
7. Should see a "Command successful" dialog. Click the okay button and close cmd.
8. Try activating your copy of Windows again. You may need to call MS's automated help system to generate a new key, but this method should work.
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faster, yes, legit way...no lol
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