SOLVED Upgrade to Windows 7 without activating Vista

Discussion in 'Installation, Setup and Updates' started by nooblet404, Oct 31, 2009.

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    nooblet404

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    hi,
    I just bought windows 7 upgrade home premium. currently my home preimum machine has a lot of junk and i am wondering if i wipe everything and reinstall vista again BUT not activate it (you know "you have 30 days to activate) and upgrade windows 7 and activate the windows 7 verison...... Hope i explained it well....

    WOULD THIS WORK?

    Thanks
    nooblet404, Oct 31, 2009
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    Good question, but I think you get a message saying you are trying Upgrade an invalid copy of Windows Vista.

    There is however no reason not to activate Vista again.
    Ripose, Oct 31, 2009
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    draceena That Crazy Amazon Chick! VIP Member

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    Personally I've read that you don't have to validate the Vista before installing W7. It's been suggested for XP users who want to go the upgrade route to upgrade to Vista (don't activate) then upgrade to W7
    draceena, Oct 31, 2009
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    Nibiru2012 Quick Scotty, beam me up! Moderator

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    You can do a clean install of Windows 7, yes even with an upgrade disk. Set the BIOS to boot first from the DVD drive and then reboot. When the screen says"Press any key to boot from CD/DVD drive" do it. You'll only have 5 seconds to decide.

    Wipe all partitions and reformat the hard drive. Make any new partitions you may want. Install the OS. After it reboots a couple of times it will ask for product key, etc., don't enter key yet. Wait until its completely done and you're at the Windows 7 desktop. Then go to updates and download all the available updates. Once it its updated restart the computer.

    Go to the start orb and in the the Search Bar type: Activate. The activation screen will pop-up and then enter your product key. Many people have had success doing it this way.

    From Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows:
    Here's the link to his website.

    Good Luck!
    Nibiru2012, Oct 31, 2009
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    mmmm i thoguht about this, i heard a rumor that all windows 7 discs are the same is just the configuration is different.
    nooblet404, Oct 31, 2009
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    alright, im going to follow Nibiru2012's suggestion
    nooblet404, Oct 31, 2009
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    tell you guys at 5:00 or 40 min later, (5:00 coz if its sucessful, ill prob forget and install 8 games on, office etc +customizing) (40min later means i failed )
    nooblet404, Oct 31, 2009
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    Nibiru2012 Quick Scotty, beam me up! Moderator

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    Well... how did it go? Just curious.
    Nibiru2012, Nov 1, 2009
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    umm..... im doing it now.... in virtual pc...... just to b safe
    nooblet404, Nov 1, 2009
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    installed it on my desktop with leaked piratebay verison of windows 7 home premium and entered my BOUGHT GENIUE home premium upgrade key, no problems
    nooblet404, Nov 1, 2009
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    clifford_cooley VIP Member

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    I'm not sure if you should be promoting illegal downloads. Thats just as bad as placing links on the forum which is forbidden.
    clifford_cooley, Nov 1, 2009
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    well i did put in bold that i have bought the windows 7 upgrade key
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    Please don't talk about downloading torrents of Windows 7 on here, as it's illegal and we can't offer help for any such versions :)
    Ian, Nov 1, 2009
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