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    Windows Activation

    I have replaced the hard drive where Windows resided. Previously I had upgraded from Vista to Windows 7. I have an upgrade version of Windows 7. Replaced the previous drive. Used the Windows upgrade disk to do a clean install. Used the existing product activation key. Error message returned says the activation key is only for an upgrade. The activation process stops. Now what do I do? I own Win7. I own Vista. I own WinXP

    What am I supposed to do now? This issue was never raised in Windows Secrets... surprised me. Please help. Thanks.

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    You will have to install either Vista or Win XP, then clean install Win 7. This should allow the activation. The XP or Vista need not even be activated in most cases, it just must be present prior to using the Win 7 Upgrade media.
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    We've sometimes pointed users with this issue to winsupersite, where there is a walkthrough or two for this situation. For upgrade 7 clean install it involves not activating first time through, then second install qualifies for upgrade. In other words, just like using Vista or XP to qualify even though they may not be activated at upgrade time either.

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    Thanks, I had forgotten that work around since it seems to be gone with Win 8.

    In other words, install Win 7, without entering the key, to completion. Just install the basics, then start the Win 7 install over and the second time enter the key and activate as normal.

    I do not know if this will work over the Win 7 you have already attempted to install since you did enter a key that was rejected. You might have to start over.
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    Or just call Microsoft and explain the situation. They are usually very cooperative in times like this.

    Joe

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    JoeP. I totally agree with you about MS and their collaboration. I have had to get new keys and that was done smoothly.

    The number to call readily comes up on screen, I think that I have it noted somewhere but I can not for the life of me, find it now. I chatted with a techie in the Philippines, there is no distance anymore. Be good. Jean.

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