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reinstalling windows 7 student offer :(

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Badas, 21 Feb 2010.

  1. Badas

    Gangster

    Joined: 21 Dec 2009

    Posts: 352

    Location: Huddersfield

    Hey all, had to reinstall windows 7 which i purchased as a student offer.

    When installeing i had lost my product key

    now i have the product key, when i go to register it online it says that the key is not accepted as its for upgrades only :(

    does this mean i should install my old vista then install windows 7 as an upgrade to that?

    or is there another way arround it without going through installing multiple OS's again?

    thanks
     
  2. 3t3P

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Dec 2006

    Posts: 3,735

    1) Boot from the disc again and click 'install' then 'upgrade', never choose the 'advanced/custom' option, and I chose to upgrade purely from the disc, not the internet which is the green-ticked option it recommends
    2) After 30mins-1.5hrs it will have upgraded win7 to win7
    3) You can now activate your copy of windows before the 30day cut off point using your key sent to you by microsoft
    4)It should then be registered as a fully functioning standalone copy when you look in 'computer-> properties'
     
  3. Badas

    Gangster

    Joined: 21 Dec 2009

    Posts: 352

    Location: Huddersfield

    ok so does this mean i will have to re install my programs again?

    thanks
     
  4. 3t3P

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Dec 2006

    Posts: 3,735

    when I did it it left everything intact
    If you have any really vital coursework etc then definately back it up onto a flash drive just in case.
    Good luck
     
  5. Badas

    Gangster

    Joined: 21 Dec 2009

    Posts: 352

    Location: Huddersfield

    thanks, iel go give it a go now fingers crossed it doesn't mess me about :)
     
  6. Badas

    Gangster

    Joined: 21 Dec 2009

    Posts: 352

    Location: Huddersfield

    thanks allot its completely back to normal now :)

    cheers
     
  7. 3t3P

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Dec 2006

    Posts: 3,735

    no probs, well done, glad it worked for you:)