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Jayess64
01-11-2009, 09:13 PM
Can someone tell me where I have gone wrong?

I installed the upgrade version of Win7 Home Premium 64-bit as an upgrade from Win XP Pro. As advised on the box, I performed a 'custom' install, wiping the XP installation. I did not activate during installation, since I wanted to be sure that 64-bit would not cause me problems.

Setting up the 64-bit Win7 was essentially trouble free, so I deleted the Windows.old folder and decided to go ahead and activate. The result was a message telling me that the Product Key was for an 'upgrade' installation, not a clean install!

What the heck?????

whellington
01-11-2009, 09:19 PM
I'm pretty sure you can't upgrade from XP. You have to do a fresh install

Trev
01-11-2009, 09:28 PM
Yep.
:)

Jayess64
01-11-2009, 09:30 PM
Well, yes. It seems to depend on what 'upgrade' means, and that would appear to have been defined by Microsoft's lawyers.

On the Windows 7 box is a notice that reads: "This version of Windows 7 is designed as an upgrade for Windows Vista. If you are upgrading from Windows XP you will need to back up your files and settings, perform a clean install and then re-install your existing files, settings and programs."

It does not say that you can't upgrade from XP with this box, just that you need to do a clean install, which the installation procedure allows you to do. If upgrading from XP is forbidden, I would have expected the installer to have detected the the original system and refuse to proceed.

Chilling_Silence
01-11-2009, 10:08 PM
You can only use the Update Version of Win7 with Vista.

If you have XP, you must buy OEM or Retail Win7.

Jayess64
01-11-2009, 11:10 PM
Well, it seems it can be done....

Trev
02-11-2009, 08:40 AM
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7
Google is your friend.
:)

Chilling_Silence
02-11-2009, 09:15 AM
Well I stand corrected, you learn something new every day ...

Trev
02-11-2009, 09:41 AM
;)

sroby
02-11-2009, 10:05 AM
Seems you arnt the only one with this issue. You may have to do a phone
activation

I found this(below). Reminds me of the crazy process involved in upgrading Vista Home to Vista Pro.. had to upgrade to demo/limited(30day?) then full version for it to work.


"For the 64bit activation problem. Several people here have reported that when you do a clean install of the Windows 7 Upgrade version and it won't activate, you need to do a Upgrade-in-place install on it and then it will activate."

this may help
http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/upgrade_02.asp

this is for a upgrade to Vista, but applies for 7
http://windowsitpro.com/mobile/pda/Article.cfm?ArticleID=95011&News=1

Jayess64
03-11-2009, 12:20 AM
Seems you arnt the only one with this issue. You may have to do a phone
activation

I found this(below). Reminds me of the crazy process involved in upgrading Vista Home to Vista Pro.. had to upgrade to demo/limited(30day?) then full version for it to work.


"For the 64bit activation problem. Several people here have reported that when you do a clean install of the Windows 7 Upgrade version and it won't activate, you need to do a Upgrade-in-place install on it and then it will activate."

this may help
http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/upgrade_02.asp

this is for a upgrade to Vista, but applies for 7
http://windowsitpro.com/mobile/pda/Article.cfm?ArticleID=95011&News=1

In fact I managed to activate my Win7 using a technique described on the www.winsupersite.com website. It involves a simple registry change and executing a file that manages the activation process, part of the Windows system.

This situation looks like another example of Microsoft playing silly-buggers with their customers. They want us to pay through the nose for a full retail copy, when the means of installing and activating the upgrade copy is built into Windows 7 itself. Talk about restrictive trade practices!