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lol would Windows 98 work?

And I suppose without the validation code it's no good right?

Edit: Ha, replied at the same time. Anyways, yeah, I could find a copy.
I'm fairly sure an Upgrade would only be for XP SP3 or Vista SP1 or SP2 ONLY, and it would most likely need to be an OEM or Retail install with an activation WHICH WOULD BE VERIFIED AT INSTALL, sorry Windows ME / 2000 / 98 / etc is no go because these Operating Systems did not require activation.
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You can install Windows 7 without entering the key.

Take your student copy and load it up and skip entering the key. Let it install.

Then once you are up on the desktop, drop your disc in and do a upgrade install, enter your key and you are good to go.

I have done this more than once.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...7-version.html

I own Vista XP 2K 98 95 3.1. But it is brain damage to install vista then 7 so that is the way I do it.
Edited by Hawk777th - 2/1/11 at 11:57pm
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You need to call microsoft. Last time i tried to reformat using the upgrade version, i was upgrading my mechanical drive to ssd, i tried every tricks, but couldn't get windows 7 activated so i called micrsoft and told them that my hard drive had a nasty virus, i had to replace my hard drive, and someone from microsoft guide me through some steps and took less than 3 minutes to get windows activated. just give them a bs reason lol, remember you will get a chance to do a survey on how well their customer service is lol
post #14 of 14
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So how does the upgrade work? Do I get a small trial to work on before I have to verify it or something?
Technically, the only people who can "legally" use the Upgrade version are those who own XP or Vista (and who are technically upgrading).

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The answer to the original question is NO..
I beg to differ.

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You are required to have a legal copy of Windows already installed and running to use the Upgrade Option, otherwise it will do a fresh install, and if all it is an special Upgrade disc, then it would most likely fail to load even..
Actually, I used the Upgrade version of Windows 7 to boot from the DVD and perform a true fresh and clean install on a fresh, never-before-used solid state drive. It works perfectly and it's legally activated. But I own a genuine copy of XP, so it's all good.

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You can buy a legal copy of Windows 7 for around $100 to $110, it's called the System Builder Disc, since you built the system yourself, that would be the best option, because nobody can steal your key, it's locked to the computer you originally install it on, unfortunately if your MB or CPU fails, well, that's bad news...
Not necessarily. I've seen several people here on OCN already reactivate their Win7 OEM Product Keys on their new builds while retiring the "old" build. This means that they had the OEM Product Key activated on the old build, built a new rig, retired the old, activated the OEM Product Key on the new, and were good to go.

Of course, most of them had to call for activation, but none of them were rejected.

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Since MSDN/Technet allows you to download ISOs to burn to install Windows 7, it would be best to buy directly from Microsoft, and I'd register it with them once you have it loaded, this way there is NO QUESTION as to IF you own a copy of it, they will let you reload it if your motherboard fails without requiring you to send them information (receipts etc)...
But how much does a MSDN/Technet subscription cost?

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I'm fairly sure an Upgrade would only be for XP SP3 or Vista SP1 or SP2 ONLY, and it would most likely need to be an OEM or Retail install with an activation WHICH WOULD BE VERIFIED AT INSTALL, sorry Windows ME / 2000 / 98 / etc is no go because these Operating Systems did not require activation.
The Upgrade version of Windows 7 applies to XP, SP1, SP2, and SP3. It also applies to Vista, Vista SP1, and Vista SP2. However, upgrading from XP to Windows 7 requires a clean install.

Also, Upgrade versions are Retail. So, it's not "OEM", "Retail", and then "Upgrade". It's just "OEM" and "Retail" because "Retail" is the category which includes both the Full and Upgrade versions.
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