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Upgrading machine -AND- RTM to Retail 7

by nine8102 / January 14, 2010 1:40 AM PST

I currently have Windows 7 RTM on my computer. Last summer, I ordered Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade when they were having the deals (I got mine for $49 from Sam's Club).

I've been putting off installing the Retail 7 because I want to do some upgrades to the machine and don't want to hassle with the Microsoft Activation over and over again.

So, I'm ready. I've got a new mainboard, two new hard drives, a new solid state boot drive, a new blu-ray drive and some more memory.

I suppose I could set up the machine, re-install Vista and move to the Retail 7 from there...but I feel I'm missing something. Of course, I'd like to do a clean install of the Retail 7, but not sure that's 'allowed' by MS.

Here's what I'm thinking: Just install all the components under the existing RTM and start it up, no matter how wobbly it is, then immediately upgrade to the Retail 7, specifying the new Solid State as the install drive, then go back and clean out the old RTM drive/directories.

Do you think that'll work?

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by jeff_windows_team / January 14, 2010 1:42 AM PST

In order to use an upgrade version of Windows 7 you must have a previous version of Vista or XP installed first on the machine. You can still perform a clean installation with this method.

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Just for the future
by Jimmy Greystone / January 14, 2010 2:13 AM PST

Just for the future, it's probably not the wisest of ideas to admit on a world wide public forum that you're using pirated software. Do not think for a second that you couldn't be tracked down from this post if the right people/organizations were so motivated.

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Pirated Software....
by nine8102 / January 14, 2010 2:24 AM PST
In reply to: Just for the future's not pirated. I started with the Win7 Beta Program in October or so 2008 and progressed through the versions with TechNet...don't know why there's a need to jump to conclusions...

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Because very few
by Jimmy Greystone / January 14, 2010 2:46 AM PST
In reply to: Pirated Software....

Because very few people, relatively speaking have TechNet or MSDN subscriptions. And the bulk of those who do, wouldn't need to ask questions like yours. I would expect someone who has TechNet subscription would know that there's no real difference between the RTM and retail versions of any version of Windows ever made, not to mention understand the above facts and not be surprised when someone makes the pretty reasonable assumption you're dealing with an illegal RTM copy.

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my main issue...
by nine8102 / January 14, 2010 3:30 AM PST
In reply to: Because very few

My main issue was with the MS Activation. I'm the guy who has to call MS to re-activate every time I re-work my system, and I understand that the MS Activation process has been getting more and more strict. I just don't want to squader the few hassle-free activations I have coming to me on the new install.

For the record, I still have in my posession diskettes to install Windows 1, 3.0, 3.11, 95...and CDs for 95, 98, ME, NT3, 2000, and Vista. All legal. I only maintain the TechNet subscription because (as I'm told) I've got more money than sense and a need to early-adopt as early as possible. I'm very computer literate, but more of a hardware guy than software...

Technet is good fot research, but I figured cnet was good for asking pointed questions and getting quick answers.

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Fair enough
by Jimmy Greystone / January 14, 2010 3:42 AM PST
In reply to: my main issue...

Fair enough, but I think you can understand my point. You are very much an exception to the rule, which is that everyone who says they have a RTM copy of Windows obtained it illegally. At this point, I think we can drop the whole thing.

If you have a Vista install disc, then it should be a pretty simple matter of starting the Win7 install, popping in the Vista disc when it wants to confirm upgrade eligibility, and you're good to go. I'd do this AFTER you've performed all of the hardware changes. Or you could do all the hardware changes now, and you should have like 3 days to test things out before you are required to reactivate. That should give you some time to test to make sure everything is working properly before you blow it all away and start fresh.

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Thank you
by TaraS_WinTeam / January 14, 2010 8:44 AM PST
In reply to: Fair enough


Thank you for pointing out that this is a national forum and we can only support legal versions of Microsoft Windows. For people with questions about the authenticity of their Windows 7 I suggest visiting the Genuine Windows site:


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The sad thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2010 2:15 AM PST

Is that some "RTM" Windows 7 pirate version is making the rounds. I'd never write you have that but tell EXACTLY WHAT YOU HAVE to avoid this issue.

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