Install legal win7 copy over cracked win7

January 19, 2011 at 08:07:32
Specs: Windows 7, P4- 2.8 quad core 2gb
I have a laptop with a cracked copy of Windows 7 running on it.
Recently, I am getting a dialogue window when I launch IE that my version of Windows 7 is invalid.
I installed this cracked copy of Windows 7 on my laptop about a year ago and it has been running fine all along... it is just recently that there is a problem.

I went out and purchased a legitimate copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.
I would like to just reinstall it over top of the existing cracked copy of Windows 7 currently running on the laptop.... BUT, I DO NOT WANT TO LOOSE MY SETTINGS!!

I know on Windows XP, you can boot from the CD and go through the process of installing Windows and it will notify you that there is already a version of Windows installed on the computer and it will offer a selection to do a "repair".
I have done this many times and I know it will just reinstall the Windows XP overtop of the existing install of Windows XP and it will keep all of your settings.

Will Windows 7 allow you to reinstall it over top of an existing Windows 7 install and keep your settings???


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#1
January 19, 2011 at 08:18:20
you could try the windows 7 anytime upgrade feature and see if it will let you use the product key from ultimate. I wouldn't really expect Microsoft to make it easy though. You may have to reinstall and start from scratch.

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#2
January 19, 2011 at 09:21:24
If the cracked copy of windows 7 was also ultimate, you should be able to just use the activation key, but if you used a different version like Premium or pro, unfortunately I think you will have to save all your important doc files, pics etc and then do a fresh install of the Ultimate, losing all your programs which you will have to re-install

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#3
January 19, 2011 at 13:36:37
Wonder if the jellybean deal would work?

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
January 19, 2011 at 13:38:07
Personally, I'd reload from scratch after I made some good and tested backup. Time to do it anyway. Never know what was on the hacked disk too. Might be rootkits and all sorts of stuff.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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