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Activation of Windows 10 (clean install) from a Windows 7 Pro edition

Q: Activation of Windows 10 (clean install) from a Windows 7 Pro edition

Hello all,
I have a very specific question that i can not find an answer.

I bought a new pc and i want to buy Windows 10 Pro. I have found a very good price for a Windows 7 Pro license which will give me a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

I will have the key in the following days but the pc is assembled and ready.

(1)Can i clean install Windows 10 Pro and activate it with the windows 7 pro key that has never been activated even for a windows 7 machine or
(2)should i first install windows 7 pro, activate it with the key and then clean install windows 10 and activate it with the windows 7 pro key

Thank you.

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A: Activation of Windows 10 (clean install) from a Windows 7 Pro edition

Hi Trod,
You can install W10 NOW and you dont have to activate it immediately, theres a 30 day grace period.
So when you get your W7 package you can activate it with the product key.
Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums.

note your purchased W7 pro licence MUST be either System builder or retail or it will not activate

Roy.

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Hey,
Ok first off I got it a month ago and I havent had time since then to try and install it. I think i was able to do a clean install with it but It asked for a Key which i didnt have. I got a backup disc with It too but It doesnt have a product key on it. Where can I find the product key for the student upgrade? The microsoft store has no history of me buying it for some reason. Another question is that when I did a clean install I remember it made a folder called Old Windows with all my old files in it. When it does this will my games and downloads still be installed and can I move them to their appropriate folders to get them to work? Right now im on a 32 bit vista and uprading to 64 bit 7.

Thanks in advanced
-Matt

Edit: I found The product key it was in an email they sent.

A:Clean install with Windows 7 pro Student Edition.

Your product key is in the email from your Retailer.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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After reading various articles I decided to do a clean install of Windows 10 as opposed to an upgrade.
I went to Windows and downloaded and installed Media Creation Tool. No problem with either but when I ran the program it showed
a space to select what edition of Windows 10 I wanted to install.
I have Windows 7 professional installed with a license number but the media creation tool only gave me the option of Windows 10.
Please advise.
Jerry

A:Windows 10 clean install problem re: Edition

Windows 10 includes both Home and Pro versions. When you start the install, select "I don't have a product key" and the next choice will be if you want to install Home or Pro.

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MY LAPTOP IS HP PAVILION 15-P018TU WITH WINDOWS 8.1 64 BIT HOME PRE INSTALLED. I RECENTLY UPGRADED TO WINDOWS 10 64 BIT HOME. I ASKED MICROSOFT FOR PRODUCT KEY AND THE PROVIDED ME THAT. NOW I WANT TO PERFORM A CLEAN INSTALL OF WINDOWS 10 64 BIT HOME. I AM CONFUSED AFTER READING SOME ARTICLES ABOUT THIS CLEAN INSTALL WHICH SAYS ABOUT DIFFERENT MODE LIKE UEFI, ETC. SO I AM CONFUSED HOW TO DO THAT. I AM AFRAID THAT IF I DO THIS IN WRONG METHOD, I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO USE MY LAPTOP. I HAVE DOWNLOADED A COPY OF WINDOWS 10 64 BIT HOME ON MY PENDRIVE FROM MICROSOFT. PLEASE HELP!

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Hi guys,
We all know that Windows 8.1 is a FREE update to Windows 8 OS. Recently my teacher's Toshiba Satellite Laptop shipped with Windows 8 Single Language, is very slow, so she wanted me, to do a clean install to get rid of bloatware. And also, we all know that Microsoft released a tool that downloads an installation media of Windows 8.1. So here's my questions:
1. Will Windows 8.1 activate with a OEM key embedded in the BIOS?

2. If I install Windows 8.1 does it automatically activate it without Internet?

A:Activation in Clean install Windows 8.1 on a Windows 8 PC

1. Will Windows 8.1 activate with a OEM key embedded in the BIOS?

- Yes - if you install Windows 8.1 Single Language (it contains an ei.cfg file that bypasses an installation key)

2. If I install Windows 8.1 does it automatically activate it without Internet?

- No. it needs online activation.

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I while back I put a new hard drive in & swapped out a stick of Ram for a bigger one in a Toshiba laptop (OEM Key) at the same time.

I had to re-activate it by calling Microsoft up and do the phone verification to get the confirmation ID.

It has been activated without issues for a while.

If I do a clean Windows install now will my original Product key work correctly or will I need to go through the phone verification again each time Windows is reinstalled on this machine?

I don't have the conformation ID characters when I did the phone verification.

Thanks

A:Windows 7 Activation after hadware change and clean install later on

You normally only have to do the phone confirmation the first time you activate - and around the 5th time (end every 5th time after that).

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Hello everyone, So I have an HP Pavilion 15-ab211nx which came pre-installed with windows 10 home x64 and everything was working fine. After a few months I performed a clean install of windows 10 and I reinstalled the same version as before.It has been almost a week now and I still my windows hasn't activated yet and I'm getting this error: "Windows can't activate at this time. Try actuvatung again later. If that doesn't work, contact your system admin. Error code 0x8007007B" From what I understand my windows key should be built in within the motherboard and it should activate on its own, but it hasn't. Also, I haven't made any hardware changes. Any idea how I can activate it again? Thanks!

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I've been given a computer in the following state:
- Hard drive was reformatted with a clean install of Windows 7 Pro (same as shipped) which is now showing as not activated.
- I was told that an OEM disc was used to reinstall Windows but it looks like a retail version might have been used instead along with what appears to be a generic key.
- I do not have recovery media and I don't see a COA label on this model.
The computer all original parts and it's my understanding that the activation key is BIOS based. Is there way to activate Windows on the spot without tracking down recovery media, backing everything up, and then reinstalling?
I apologize if I've missed any critical information. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

A:OptiPlex 3020: Windows 7 Clean Install - Failed Activation

You can reactivate with OEM SLP usng the ABR program and Dell cert files. Personally however I would perform a complete clean install because it looks like the person who clean installed Windows 7 Pro didn't know what they were doing... See here:
http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/f/3524/t/19999620 

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Hi folks, could someone please point me in the correct direction in terms of a link to download Windows 10 Signature Edition as I would like to do a complete clean install. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Scotty

A:Thinkpad L470 Windows 10 Signature Edition Clean Install

Hi Scotty,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community! And happy to have you here.
 
You can try using Lenovo Digital Download Recovery Service from Lenovo to download the image file for Windows 10
 
I hope the above information helped you. 
Regards,Prabhansh_______________________________________________Tap that Kudos button if I helped.If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"!

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I have a E-machine that had to be wiped due to a worm attack and now i restored it With a restore disk and i setted everything up and when i go to log on it says that "You must first activate this copy of Windows before you can log in". so i click on activate but when the activation window shows up no options appear!!!!!
PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE
 

A:Windows XP Home Edition Activation Problem

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Hiya

This update resolves an issue where Windows Product Activation, if triggered, cannot complete and may prevent you from logging on to the system. For more information, read Knowledge Base Article 811632.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=811632

System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP Media Center Edition
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...bc-abdb-4c7a-b3ee-2e37e1f93a3b&DisplayLang=en

Regards

eddie
 

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Hi, I would like to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 but I'm afraid to do so because I heard that there could be a problem with the activation key. I already backed up any important files I have on my Envy and downloaded Windows 10 using Microsoft's media creation tool (but didn't install it yet). What should I do next in order to perform the clean installation without any problems? Thank you.

A:Windows 10 clean installation - Activation key

Hi: If you have not previously upgraded to W10, you have to do an inplace upgrade, or you will need a W10 product key. Then when you can see that windows 10 was successfully activated on your PC as an upgrade, you can go back and do a clean install of W10 without a product key by using the W10 media you created. I've reinstalled W10 on two different PC's, and it worked just fine, activated, and no product key was needed. To reinstall W10 after it had been previously installed as an upgrade boot from the W10 installation media. When you get to the install screen and it asks you to enter a product key, there will also be an option to select 'I don't have a product key." You select that option, W10 will install and automatically reactivate once you are connected to the internet.

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I used the media creation tool to get a w10 iso. Apparently there used to be an option select pro vs home, but no longer.
During install when I skip activation, it installs the home version. Do I have to activate to get the choice of pro vs home, or is there a way around this?

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Hey Guys! hope you all having a good day.. i have a Dell XPS 9550 and i would like to make a clean install of windows 10 without losing my activation.. how can i make this? i am now downloading all the drivers to save them!Thank you so much and have a good one

A:How do i Clean install Win 10 without losing my activation?

PANCHINXD,
If you need to re linstall Windows you can click the link below. You should have no issues activating  after installation. 
Dell Windows Backup and Recovery Options

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I have a HP desktop with W-7 that the HD is failing. (Almost failed)
I can't do a clone or a system image.

I installed a new HD and booted from my latest USB Upgrade from the Windows Media Creation tool.
I skipped the activation as it installed.
Now when I use the original product key, it fails to activate.
What am I doing wrong?

Pete

A:Clean install fails activation

What version did you get with the free upgrade, Home or Pro? And what version are you installing now? They have to match. If your previous install was activated it should have had a digital entitlement. On a clean install on a PC with a digital entitlement, when asked for a key, you just click skip. If you installed the same version you got via the free upgrade it should activate without issue.

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I have created this as an actual tutorial so more people can find the information.
Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

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A:Clean Install using Factory COA Activation Key

Nice work BFK

How about adding the link for a USB Flash drive for those netbooks without a DVD drive.

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Hi,

We purchased Sony Netbook (for my daughter) with windows 7 starter edition more than 1 year old (not under warranty now). Laptop was shipped with no media but with a win7 license key on bottom of Laptop. Now we need to do a clean install due to several problems with it.

1. I do NOT have MSDN account - where can i download win7 starter edition? (i do have license serial key)

2. Since it doesn't have DVD, i have only option of installing through USB stick. Please advise best tool to prepare win7 ISO to USB.

Thanks
Kumar

A:Clean installation of windows 7 starter edition on Sony Netbook

Best to find any Win7 retail installer, unlock all versions to write to an all-versions flash stick installer, then install your licensed version using COA sticker Product Key.

All the steps are here: Reinstalling Windows 7

If you need to download the ISO file get a safe one by googling Official WIn7 ISO download at My Digital Life.

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I have a laptop with windows xp professional. for some reason my password is not working so i am unable to log in. i use a recovery password program but it didn't work. now i can't log in into my computer even if i am a guest. i use to able too. so i was wondering can i do a clean or reinstall my computer with windows xp home edition cd.
 

A:Solved: windows xp professional clean or reinstall with home edition cd

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We purchased a VLK with Software Assurance from a local distributor here my question is what if from their VLSC License the Operating System listed are

10 Windows 7 Professional
82 Windows 8 Enterprise
15 Windows 7 Enterprise

We don't want to install Windows 8 as of now to our office and we wanted to retain the Windows 7 Pro and Enterprise as our Operating System. Do we have a problem for Activation if we still insists to used Windows 7 Pro and Enterprise Operating System using the Windows 8 Enterprise 82 Licenses?

Thank you very much

A:Activation Windows 8 Enterprise VLK but wanted to install Windows 7Ent

There is no way you can use a Windows 8 Enterprise licence for anything else than Windows 8 Enterprise. You simply can not activate Windows with a product key belonging to another Windows version and edition.

With those licences you can install and activate 27 25 Windows 7, not a single more.

Kari

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Okay, after a week of frustration with this machine, finally located the purchased Win XP Home Edition SP2 CD. Set Bios to boot off CD. It starts working as it should and then locks on the license agreement and freezes there, it does not accept the F8 for I ACCEPT. I read MS tech article about Selective Start UP and went that root. Problem is it will not let me reformat the hard drive to reinstall XP Home SP2, first it tells me that I'm installing an older version (duh) and then it will only install over the existing files (not a good idea). Tells me I cannot delete or reformat C: because the temp files are on that drive, yet then it tells me to put the CD in and enter my product key. So when it installed on C: it hasn't solved my initial problem of start ups are inconsistent and have to power down and restart manually until it figures out that I want to start windows. It's almost like after being powered down for a couple of hours it needs time to "warm up" before it boots properly. (kind of like my car, needs to warm up before it runs right!)

My question: How can I complete reformat the hard drive to install this system from scratch?

I am doing this because of inconsistant booting and non start up problems, which I had a thread on a few days ago.

Have run Malwarebytes and AVAST and supposedly the system is clean. What I want to do is clean and reformat the hard drive to get rid of any conflicting files which I believe there are. Do a c... Read more

A:Clean Install of Win XP Home Edition SP2 over SP3

FOUND THE PROBLEM

I'm using a multimedia keyboard. It didn't recognize the F8 key until you use the F lock toggle.

Hoping this install goes well. I did get a message that there were damaged system files. Doing a complete reformat of the hard drive and then installing and updating and crossing my fingers all will be like new! (Well, that is for an old PC)

Thanks to all!

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should I install the recovery console right off after doing a clean install?

Thanks,

ranger72

A:clean re-install win xp home edition

It can be a good tool, and it won't hurt anything to do it.

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Hi all,

As you may know, you can purchase Windows Vista Upgrade Edition at half the price of the full version, and do a clean install from a blank system pretty easily - you do a clean install but do not enter the product key, then do a re-install from boot and this time enter your upgrade key - voila, a clean full install of Vista. This is useful for those of us who own a previous version of Windows but want to do a clean install (previous versions of Windows allowed us to insert previous CD to prove ownership but Vista doesn't for some reason).

Does anyone know if this trick will be available for Windows 7? As a genuine owner of Vista, I aim to buy the upgrade edition of Windows 7 but always do clean installs and never 'soft' upgrades so I don't want to have to install Vista first each time.

Thanks

A:Clean install with Upgrade Edition?

Currently because Windows 7 is in beta, you dont need a CD of a previous version of Windows since Windows 7 is free. When you go to the download page you are also given a product key.

So Im not sure what you gained by installing it twice.

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I install xp sp2. I restart pc it doesnt load operating system it only shows background-it wont load OS or show icons. I go to safemode add/remove pgms uninstall xp sp2-restart pc/os it loads fine. I need sp2 cause winmedia player wont open and other pgms. Also WMI '' whatever that mean'' has encountered a problm and needs to close. How can I fix this?

Gates has billions but no stable OS.

Next Computer MACCCCCCCCCCCC
 

A:Windows Xp Home Edition - I install windows Xp service pack2

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I have Vista activated on my PC, i would like to use the Win 7 upgrade disk to do a clean install.
From the tutorial section i have learnt how to do this. Im going to do the Custom install option so my data is saved to Windows.old folder.
However upon activation, can i just use the Serial which comes with the upgrade box?
Or must i now use a normal serial?

A:Clean install with Upgrade disk, Activation?

Just use your upgrade box serial.

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Windows XP pro activation notice comes up when booting from the new hard disk (C drive) on which I did a clean install of XP pro sp3. The status is "Already Activated" when booting from the D: drive (formerly C: drive). Thus, in the same XP computer, I have the said two hard disks, each of which can be booted by switching hard disk in the bios. When booting from the new hard disk, the "activation" notice comes up (I try to activate but it fails because of "too many installations") but booting from the 2nd hard disk is fine as windows is already activated on it. Does anyone know how to solve this "activation" problem when booting from the new hard disk? Thanks in advance.
 

A:XP activation problem after clean install on new disk

Windows OS installs are good for one OS on one drive. Your second copy installed on a additional drive is considered as illegal install.
 

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After reading this fine forum I decided to do a clean install on my laptop, just too much bloat ware on the 4 dvd set. I wiped the drive and made 1 small partion 120G for the install to save on # of partitions. Everything went smooth except for the non genuine and of course the huge update. Have the recovery disks do not want to use them though. The machine was pre SP1 and I used the iso with the integrated SP1. Here attached is a copy of the file.

Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-VXD84-4XB97-2GG69
Windows Product Key Hash: ZbSO/iX770nwMy6dFUKaDVyu0yY=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-9811333-05569
Windows Product ID Type: 8
Windows License Type: COA SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {E9F69A24-E05B-4941-ABFB-652BB04EBF62}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.140303-2144
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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A:Clean install from iso w/SP1 on HP oem laptop activation issue

You have not activated you system. Activate you system and when completed reboot a couple of times.






Quote:
License Status: Initial grace period Time remaining: 43020 minute(s) (29 day(s))



Activate Windows on this computer - Windows Help

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Background

Here's the problem. I loaded Vista x64 on my machine as an upgrade. Had everything loaded perfectly, etc... I tried installing Windows 7 Beta. After it was installed I realized that not only are there not enough drivers available, but I stalled it on top of vista instead of it's own partition (colossal screw up). I also realized I couldn't rollback the installation. I didn't feel like re-installing XP and vista wasn't letting me reinstall. So I came up with the brilliant idea of installing it clean without any key code.

Problem

Now how do I activate this or reinstall vista and keep all my programs, files, etc... (ie. not spend countless hours reinstalling everything I have)?

A:Clean install Vista activation problem

Originally Posted by Jjohnson


Background

Here's the problem. I loaded Vista x64 on my machine as an upgrade. Had everything loaded perfectly, etc... I tried installing Windows 7 Beta. After it was installed I realized that not only are there not enough drivers available, but I stalled it on top of vista instead of it's own partition (colossal screw up). I also realized I couldn't rollback the installation. I didn't feel like re-installing XP and vista wasn't letting me reinstall. So I came up with the brilliant idea of installing it clean without any key code.

Problem

Now how do I activate this or reinstall vista and keep all my programs, files, etc... (ie. not spend countless hours reinstalling everything I have)?




Are you asking for a beta Win7 key that will expire in a few months forcing you to uninstall it, or how to do a repair reinstall of Vista?

I would simply Use the Backup Utility to backup User files. You cannot "upgrade" Install Vista (or any version- since you are running Ultimate). You can perform a repair re-install of Vista, but this will create a "windows.old" file, but you will still have to completely reinstall all your programs, etc.

So you have a choice:
1. Get a free Key for Win7 that expires in a few months, at which point you will have to uninstall and either re-install a release version of 7 (you cannot upgrade from 7 beta to a release version of Win7).

2. Clean install of Vista (after ma... Read more

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Let me start out by saying a clean install is the better way to go; however there may be some instances where a motherboard swap without having to reinstall is preferred. If you are like me and want to avoid all of the custom settings, shared drives, etc; then this option can save a LOT of time.
Recently I did this task on my own network storage system or home server. Some more modern parts became available to me for doing a build. Not only was the motherboard swapped, the system drive was cloned from an ide drive to a more modern sata drive. Here is how you go about swapping boards without a clean install.
This will work on both sata and ide type drives however if you have sata and the sata controller mode is set to AHCI or Raid, you may have problems. If your sata controller mode is set to ahci, you can attempt to swap to native ide in the system bios before beginning this task. If it boots using native ide, then you should be able to do the swap. If it does not boot when changing the controller mode, then you are out of luck.
The old motherboard was a NForce4 with a single core AMD FX-55. The new board was an Epox 945 intel chipset with a Pentium D 940. It does not get much more different than those two chipsets/cpus.

With the old board still installed, do the following. During this procedure, DO NOT reboot. Tell the system later for the reboot.
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A:Moving a windows install or swapping motherboards without a clean install of windows.

Very informative thanks for posting
 

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A picture is worth a thousand, trillion words. I'll be using them in this post.
My start screen looks like friggin Windows 8!!!

I was hacked a few weeks ago - my desktop and laptop. So I have been working with an Anti-Hacker forum and trying to clean up my data as much as possible, then had to format hard drive and clean install win 10. Man, that takes a very long time. We worked on my desktop for almost a month. It doesn't help that we were trying to cleanup 4GB of disk. Laptop is next.

I've not been having any pleasure time on either of my PCs since July 7,2016. So the last thing I want to do is try to redesign my start screen.
I'm using the enterprise edition of 10 Pro, but I seriously doubt that's going to effect the cosmetics. But I really, really want to start using my PC again for fun and productive things. I honestly don't recall windows 10 EVER looking like this... Anyway, not Win 10 Pro - which is what I'm running.

Who can tell me a magic button to push to get the 'normal' windows 10 start screen back? Remember? Where you click on the Start/Windows key, and some bars display right there, you click on them, and voila - All your installed programs appear?

Thanks all for any help.

And sorry I'm so bitchy. BTW, when they hacked my two PCs, they also cracked my password to my bank and got $1,350 from me. So I am just a wee bit grumpy. I didn't need windows 10 to pull this.

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I just built a computer from parts that I bought new. The hard drive has never had anything on it, and my comp of XP Home Edition is straight from the factory. I can't get past the install page that says stuff about the partitions. It keeps telling me that my "hard drive dos not have a windows xp-compatibale partition."
The thing is, I cant even make a partition. I dont know if it is a problem with the HDD or OS. I've vistited other forums and they only solve problems with the few steps after I get stuck. nothing is ever said about not being able to make a partition.
I can get to the screen that says "the minimum size for a partition is 1 MB" and such, and when i type in what i want as a partition, I dont think it recognizes it.
PLease help. I thought XP installation would be easy.
also, My XP is NOT an upgrade from anything, i am just loading it on a fresh, new, never touched HD with not even a hint of another OS.
 

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Hi there

I'm a little baffled as I purchased Windows 8 (N) from the microsoft store (download version) and I'm not getting the option to keep my applications and personal files from updating from Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64bit

I ran the install process and I ran the program which tested my current programs for compatibility issues. I didn't uninstall the ones that its didn't think were compatible ( was I suppose to ?)

I download Windows 8 (N) from the store and when it came to install the only two options I have is to keep my personal files or a clean install.

The only reason I got it over Windows 8.1 was so I could upgrade to Windows 8 and keep all my programs and files then upgrade to Windows 8.1 afterwards.

Am I being daft and I've missed something really obvious here ?

Thanks in advance

A:Windows 7 Home Premium Edition To Windows 8 (N) install

This is all I could find relevant:
Upgrade Install to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

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I recently built my own computer, I was running windows 7 without a key (30 day grace period). I wanted to take advantage of the 39.99 upgrade as I had an old copy of XP (2002 edition) laying around. I kept getting BSOD when trying to install XP, so I just went a ahead and purchased the 39.99 upgrade to pro thinking it would just ask me for my XP code in the install process. It never did. Win 8 installed without a hitch. Is this just temporary? I looked in System folder and it says windows 8 is validated. I used the key that came with the 39.99 upgrade. It says on the Microsoft website that you are supposed to have a valid copy of windows installed before Windows 8 will install. Anyone know what is going on? Is this just temporary? I just don't want to get Win 8 install just like I like it then have to re-install everything

A:Install Windows 8 pro upgrade without previous edition of windows

I've read various reports of this.

So, you had Windows 7 installed on the machine, just not activated as you didn't provide a key during the install. Then you were able to run the upgrade to 8 and input that key and away it went.

I think MS is just being very lenient with the upgrade assuming that practically everybody in the world already has Windows anyway. And getting $40 is better than nothing if they didn't actually have Windows licensed on a machine.

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I recently installed a new SSD hard drive and did a clean install of Windows 7 Professional on it. Regrettably, it's not letting me validate it with my product key because my original hard drive started with Windows 7 Home Premium (I have the product key for that) and I had downloaded the upgrade to Professional (I have the product key for that too), but because I went straight to Win7 Professional on the clean install, it won't accept my product key because it's just an upgrade. I get the reasoning behind that but there has to be a way (I hope) with BOTH product keys to verify I'm a legitimate user without reinstalling Home Premium just to turn around and upgrade to Pro? Hoping against hope!

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

A:Clean Install Activation Issue with Win7 Upgrades

Is the original hard drive still in the loop, did you take it out of the system ?

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Hello there,
I have some troubles installing or rather activating windows 7 pro 64bit OEM.

I pretty much did what is described here: Clean install of Windows 7 on SSD in ThinkPad T460. Stuck between rock and a hard place. - Lenovo Community

In short:
I bought a Lenove T460 this summer, which came preinstalled with windows 7 Pro. But with no COA (Certificate of Authentity) sticker anywhere, not even under the battery. The only sticker I found was a windows 8 pro one. So I assume that my laptop came with a downgraded windows 7.

Now I wanted to have a clean install of windows 7.

- So what I did first was to create a USB stick with the Recovery image, created via the Lenovo ThinkVantage Tool, to be able to restore if anything goes wrong.
- What I did next was to get a windows 7 iso via the WindowsIsoDownloader (e.g. from here: Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool)
- Downloaded the ISO and 'injected' the USB3 drivers successfully as described here: How to Install Windows 7 with only USB 3.0 Ports
- And to be able to choose the correct version of windows which was preinstalled I followed this link: How to Choose Desired Windows 7 Edition / Version During Setup? - AskVG
One of the comments there (from Gab) said:
"If you have a PC with an OEM product key on it set EditionID to the proper Windows 7 version, set Channel to OEM and set VL to 0.
This will install a perfectly legal operating system that passes activation. As a long-time service tech I've done it hu... Read more

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I'm having an issue activating my new installation of Windows 7 Pro. I'm trying to install windows 7 on a Dell optiplex computer that originally came with Vista. The activation key I have is for a Vista to 7 upgrade. However, I had replaced Vista with Ubuntu a few years ago, so I had to do a clean install of Windows 7. Therefore my activation key isn't working - when I try to activate windows I get an error that says "this activation key is only for an upgrade, not a clean installation".

I spoke with microsoft over their tech support chat, and they told me my key won't work unless I put Vista back on the computer, then upgrade to 7 instead of doing a clean install. However, I didn't get Vista's Activation key before I installed Ubuntu (years ago) and I don't have the Vista install disk.

In my opinion, since I legally own a copy of Vista and have an upgrade license, I should be allowed to activate Windows 7. When I explained this to them they wouldn't answer the question and just sent me to this link:
Windows 7 activation error: 0xC004F061

So, what are my options? I really don't want to buy a full copy of Windows 7 (can I even do that anymore?) when I already own it.

Thanks for the help.

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Code:
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Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-PWB9R-4K7W4-2BT4J
Windows Product Key Hash: jlJIE69lzaXsu5B+X11cktZP6u8=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00015
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7600.2.00010300.0.0.003
ID: {C5A7CD95-BE28-4AF4-816E-8C06F3ED5C91}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3

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A:Activation issue after clean install on new hard drive

Hello again - you'll get eactly the same answer here as I gave you in teh Answers forums

Computers that come pre-installed with Windows from large manufacturers usually come with two Product Keys.

OEM SLP: This is the key that came in Windows (from the factory). It works by connecting to a BIOS flag (the SLIC table) found only on computers from that Manufacturer. Once it sees the correct BIOS flag, it self activates.

COA SLP: This is the key seen on the sticker located on the side, bottom or in the battery compartment of your machine. The purpose of this key is to be used in the case the OEM SLP self-activation stops working for whatever reason.

the Key you need to enter is the one from the COA sticker on the case - see here for examples...http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/howtotell/Hardware.aspx

The way to enter it into your current install is either
1) use the Change Product Key link at the bottom of the System Properties page.
or
2) Click on the Start button, then type in the Search box, SLUI 3 and hit the Enter Key.
both will bring up the change key wizard which will take you through the process, and attempt to activate.

You may need to activate by phone....

telephone activation (operator calls)
Click on the Start button
in the Search box, type
SLUI 4
and hit the Enter key
follow the instructions, but when asked which service you require by the telephone ansafone, do NOT reply - this should force an operator to respond, who can deal with you

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I performed clean installation of windows 8.1 on my INSPIRON 17R 7720 SPECIAL EDITION and then installed all the drivers provided on dell website. When i played music then i noticed that audio quality wasn't the same , it was just tastless and dull . I am missing Waves MaxxAudio 4.0 which i could not find on dell driver site. PLEASE HELP!! . I can't use my Laptop without that !!!!

A:INSPIRON 17R SPECIAL EDITION Wave Maxx Audio 4 gone with clean windows 8.1 installation

I finally found a way to make Wave MaxxAudio working!I did a clean Windows 7 64-bit installation on my 17R 7720 SE "half year ago".Like everyone else, my Wave Maxxaudio was gone.Dell coulden't help nor anything on the Internet that can address this issue.After long time researching and attamping, Now it is back to life!!I am able to enjoy Wave MaxxAudio on my laptop again!Just follow all setps and you will get it work!I have only tried these steps on my mid 2012- 17r SE 7720.
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For some reasons, Windows doesn't know our sound chip is a Conexant Audio HD device.It only recognizes it as a normal HD Audio device.Because of that, when we try to install Conexant Audio Driver, it always returns a failure message.(No device detected)Now, We need to force Window to know that it is a Conexant Audio HD device and make it installing Wave MaxxAudio software.

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Steps:
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First, you need to download few files from Dell:
Conexant Audio Driver (53MB)
IDT High-Definition Audio Driver(36MB)
Conexant CX20672-21Z(306MB)
2.Go to Control Panel->Programs and Features
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A few years ago I got a copy of MS Project Standard 2007 from my daughter's school which I installed and activated on my new office PC when I built it, using a one time only product key (Academic Promotion).
(FYI - upon careful reading of the license I saw that the software is for a current student or teacher - or a family member of a qualifying student, which was true at the time and is still true until May of this year)

Now I am considering upgrading this PC to Windows 10 in a clean install.

My understanding is that I will lose Project 2007. I will not be able to activate it again on my "new" PC and I will have to revert back to my previous Project program or buy a new/old copy of 2007 (and factor this additional cost into my decision making).
Am I correct?

Second question: since I already have the installation media, is there a way to just pay Microsoft for a single license - new product key without having to go through the whole dance of buying another DVD?
I'm not interested in newer versions, and especially not interested in paying $25/m for Project 365.

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Finally decided to wipe my drive and reinstall windows.   PC has been working good but lately started acting strange with intermittent connectivity and the just yesterday all connected wifi devices lost their log info so that was odd.  Today when I rebooted this PC, I saw the original windows start up screen you'd see if during a fresh install or a restore and that's not right.  Finally I took at look at event viewer and saw a new NT user was added and I didn't do that so here we go again.   This time I suspect the vectors is a compromised Gateway which I have reset but will need to replace with better quality equipment than the junk Comcast is renting me.  This prompted me to run Farbar and come back to the forum for help.
 
2nd issue-  I need help with my Norton firewall settings.   I want to lock this pc down except for approved programs.
​Here is the log and thanks in advance again.  Farbar and addition below
 
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 26-12-2017
Ran by Ronin Asus (administrator) on DESKTOP-O7VPJFK (26-12-2017 17:33:55)
Running from C:\Users\Ronin Asus\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Ronin Asus (Available Profiles: Ronin Asus)
Platform: Windows 10 Home Version 1709 16299.125 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Edge)
Boot Mode: Normal
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A:Clean Windows Install on Wiped Drive- Am I still Clean?

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Hola everyone!

I have a question regarding the installation of windows 7 on my old windows XP home edition. I don't know if it is still possible to install it within the current setup I own. I am not an expert and have already seen some of the windows 7 requirements. In particular, I am not too sure about is whether my graphic card ( Intel (R) G41 Express chipset) can take this new windows. I would be very grateful for any help that you can provide me. Thanks in advance.

Chaufamarxista


Here are the details of my computer:

Nombre del sistema operativo Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Versi?n 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Compilaci?n 2600
Fabricante del sistema operativo Microsoft Corporation
Nombre del sistema CONSULTA
Fabricante del sistema System manufacturer
Modelo del sistema System Product Name
Tipo de sistema Equipo basado en X86
Procesador x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10 GenuineIntel ~2700 MHz
BIOS Versi?n/Fecha American Megatrends Inc. 0408, 16/03/2010
Versi?n de SMBIOS 2.5
Directorio de Windows C:\WINDOWS
Directorio del sistema C:\WINDOWS\system32
Dispostivo de inicio \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Configuraci?n regional Espa?a
Capa de abstracci?n de hardware Versi?n = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
Nombre de usuario CONSULTA\Propietario
Zona horaria Hora de verano GMT
Memoria f?sica total 2.048,00 MB
Memoria f?sica disponible 1,16 GB
Memoria virtual total 2,00 GB
Memoria virtual disponible 1,96 GB
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A:Install Windows 7 on a windows XP home edition

There is a Windows 7 Driver available for that Chipset ...
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/dow...xpress-Chipset

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I think I have a virus or malware and have been unable to get rid of it after many tries, and I am having multiple problems with this home built computer running Windows 7Pro 64bit. I installed a retail version of Windows 7Pro 64bit and I have my original installation disk. I want to do a clean erase of my 480GB SSD and then a clean install of the same Windows 7Pro 64bit. Can you tell me how and provide any cautions etc. Thanks.

A:How can I do a clean erase of my SSD to clean install Windows 7?

Hello Joseph,

If you like, a normal clean install will also wipe the drive before installing.

Clean Install Windows 7

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I have two PCs one had vista home and one had win2k pro. My main rig used the vista key during a clean install from the win7pro student edition disc. I upgraded the CPU, RAM, and mobo of the main rig and repeated the clean install using the vista key. And used the old parts and the case from the win2k PC to be my secondary rig. Different CPU, RAM, and mobo from what the win2k install was on. But I am using the HD win2k was installed to.

I had to delete the partition and create it again at the beginning of the win7pro install to the win2k HD, as the installer said it was not compatible with the partition or file system. Strange since it was ntfs created by the win2k install. Maybe 32bit vs 64bit had something to do with that. Anyways the installer is saying my win2k cdkey isn't a valid key at the end of the setup (went all the way past the first time use user account setup). Why is this happening and how do I fix it? All are valid authentic copies of windows and have multi-PC licences for install to more than one PC.

Thank you in advance for your help.
 

A:Solved: win7pro student edition clean install with win2kpro cdkey problem

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I would like to install windows 7 on my old Dell Dimension 4700c which currently runs windows xp.
I have been told that it is not possible to do an upgrade from xp to 7.
Is it possible to do a clean install?
Or do I need to first upgrade to windows vista and is this possible.
I recently purchased the windows 7 disk from dell online.
Thank you

A:Is a clean install of windows 7 on a dell dimension 4700c running windows xp pro possible?

It depends on the disc you purchased.  It will need to be a full copy of Windows 7 (not an upgrade edition) with a new license key.  If that's what you purchased, you should be set.
If what you purchased is an upgrade disc with no license key, you're not going to be able to do a clean install.

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I've been attempting to get Windows 7 up and running on my Asus F8Sp-X1 laptop for a couple of days now. It came with Vista, which only lasted as long as it took to take the disk image with True Image, after which XP was installed. It's been that way ever since, and it runs perfectly... but everyone knows the limits of XP now since the security updates have stopped.

Since I have an unused product key for 7, I thought that would be a better choice than the Vista the laptop came with. I've never used Vista, but it is widely held that 7 is leaner and faster, and on a 3gb laptop, that seems the better choice.

The DVD that corresponds with the product key I have is of the 64-bit edition (OEM), so I plugged that product key into the MS web site and downloaded the 32 bit Win 7 SP1 DVD ISO, then created the disc.

I had already restored the original Vista setup from the image I made all those years ago, and had allowed it to update up to SP2. I started the CD and selected an in-place upgrade, which (though painfully slow) worked without any errors.

After fooling around with the fingerprint sensor for a while (finally I did get it working), I went to Windows Update to download all of the fixes that came after SP1. It never finished searching for updates... just goes on and on, with no errors and no results.

I went to the MS support site and tried the fix it tool. It claimed to have fixed things, but the problem persisted. I did a lot of reading... I tried the WURT, but it j... Read more

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Now that we have the ability to clean install 10 onto a pre-existing 7 machine, and then activate using the pre-existing 7 key...

1. Created a 200GB partition for 10.
2. Booted from USB 10 installer (created today, so latest version).
3. Installed 10 into said 200GB partition with no reported errors.
4. Installer first reboot re-loaded the installer, so removed and rebooted. You'd think they would do something about this, but I'm not holding my breath. Also few walkthrus mention this fact.
5. Boots Windows 7 original bootloader with no sign of the 10 install, so unable to continue on with the setup.
6. Booted into 7 and I can see the installed 10 partition (with no drive letter obviously). Assigned a drive letter and explorer shows Win 10 files are present, and what looks like a bootloader.

According to various sources a Win 10 install will lay down its own bootloader and provide a dual-boot to the pre-existing o/s, in this case Win 7.

As a quick and dirty I used EasyBCD to create a third entry to 10 inside the 7 bootloader, but it throws an error when trying to use that option, something about not being able to verify the o/s.

It should be noted this is an MBR arrangement, a Dell machine, with a separate 20GB OEM recovery partition containing the Win 7 bootloader.

Any "intelligent" ideas much appreciated.

A:Adding Windows 10 dual-boot (clean install) to a Windows 7 Laptop.

From an elevated ("Run as administrator") command prompt in Windows 7 try:

bcdboot e:\Windows

The path in red will be the path to the Windows 10 "Windows" folder.

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Hi, Im getting infinite bootloops when i trying to do a clean install of windows 7 i did this with no CD just installation files from my old desktop and got no recovery disk or installation disk or what so ever if any could help me pls... thanks

A:windows 7 clean install from windows desktop, infinite boot loop

Hello RJ,

If you like, you could use OPTION ONE to create yourself a Windows 7 installation DVD or USB flash drive that you could boot from to do a clean install of Windows 7 with at boot instead. The TIP section tells you how to get an official Windows 7 ISO to create this from.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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