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New Win 7 install will not accept key

February 4, 2011 at 21:38:40
Specs: Windows 7/XP Dual, ?/3gig
I use disk caddies to boot from one of three legitimate systems I own and they are Windows 7 (which I use constantly) Vista and XP. I have been having minor problems with W7 in that it goes into a reboot cycle every time I download three particular updates. I have had to resort to restoring a saved image every time to continue.

I thought that I would sacrifice my Vista and start afresh with a new Win 7 installation and slowly build it to the system I would like. I have an "update" version of Win 7 and I used Acronis to prepare the disk as a "new" disk and I proceeded to do the install. Instead of choosing "Update" at the beginning I chose "New Installation" bearing in mind that the disk has no previous installation on it. All went well until I was required to provide the product key which I did. After a few seconds a requester came up which advised me that the key was not valid. The text above the input area did mention that the "key would be compared to that which is stored on the computer". The question comes to mind "what key"?

When I first installed Win 7 (the one I use now) I installed it over Vista and the key was accepted with no problem. I subsequently installed Vista on another drive and that is the one I tried to use again after deleting the system and preparing it with Acronis.
Am I correct in thinking that because there was no previous key for Win 7 to relate to it will not accept the new product key and it was therefore rejected as "invalid" or must an "Update" version be installed over an existing XP or Vista version. If this is so then how would it install over an existing OEM XP installation where there is no previous number to compare to?

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February 5, 2011 at 00:11:13
its an update so it uses a key that has been conjoined with the original vista key.
so you will have to reinstall vista from the original hard drive hidden partition then do an update with win 7.
Its an OEM so the key is related to the slic, certificate and OEM key. already registered with the original installation/update.
reinstalling the vista from the hidden partition and then updating will be as if you are doing it for the first time and will be accepted by the registration process.

if you made an image or copy of your win 7 updated you can apply that to the drive as a second OS.
or you can copy the slic, cert and oem key onto the new installation, but i have no idea how you go about that

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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February 5, 2011 at 02:34:05
Thank you princecorum you have virtually confirmed my suspicion and it looks like I'll have to install Vista or XP first. Life could be dream they say!


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