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Windows 7 Evaluation Copy Expiring

by JoeFW / September 1, 2011 1:24 AM PDT

When WIndows Vista crashed and burned, ruining my hard drive I decided to install the evaluation copy of Windows 7. Once the version was officially released, I purchased an Update copy and entered the Product Key into Windows Activation. The key was accepted, and everything was cool for the past year. Since then I have installed dozens of applications and also use this system to support my web design clients. Now, suddenly I am being told that the evaluation copy has expired, and get blue screen crashes based on that. I can't "upgrade" since the installed version has had all the Microsoft updates and is consequently more recent than the purchased dvd. Is there any way I can avoid a clean install? I'm not sure I'll be able to reinstall all those applications, most of which were electronically downloaded, not physical media.

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When I need to try stuff here's how I do this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2011 1:29 AM PDT

I clone my drive and then I can try whatever I want on the clone with no fear of wiping out. And I can try it over and over.

Only Microsoft can fix those CDKEY and validation errors so be sure to set enough time in the day for that call.

In closing, I find many users blissfully unaware of a few things. Let's get them up for discussion.

1. Cleaning your PC or laptop -> http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11319_7-6240575-1.html
2. Backups.

If you are running a business without backup, that's your choice but it never helps when folk discover there was no backup copy.
Bob

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Service Pack 1
by JoeFW / September 1, 2011 3:54 AM PDT

It turns out I had the release candidate version of SP1 which expired 8/31/11. I uninstalled it and then ran Windows Update to bring the system up to date.

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do u have a solution
by ronaksworld / September 2, 2011 11:08 AM PDT
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so JoeFW, did u manage to find a solution as the same thing is been happening to me and all my mates computer since last couple of days

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