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Win7 ult trial to win7


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#1 imwright1985

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 02:58 PM

I have windows 7 trial currently installed on my laptop (just to get it running and see if i liked 7 or would rather go to XP, and like 7). I bought it and am trying to install the real win7 but it isnt allowing an upgrade to overwrite the windows files. Its looking like the only thing i can do is wipe everything out, reset my partitions and install 7 from ground 0. The software i run on my laptop took me about 3 days of working to get it loaded up (3 drafting platforms, an analysis program, visual studio, and some personal software) I dont want to have to go through with reinstalling everything but its looking like i may have to unless there is some registry file i can use or replace some of the trial files manually with full files and just update the product key. I tried just updating product key and that didnt end my trial countdown either

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 03:10 PM

no you will have to do a clean install and you would be better off just doing it anyway, you could try a system backup in win. 7 that might save your files but im not sure if it will back up your programs.
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#3 imwright1985

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 03:17 PM

that stinks, hopefully someone can come along and knows of a way to save it. If not atleast it will clean up my computer a little

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 05:09 PM

No, you must do a clean install. There is no other viable option. Make sure you backup your data before doing so.

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 08:29 PM

If by trial you mean Windows 7 RC, see here: http://www.smartestcomputing.us.com/index....showtopic=39178

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 08:57 PM

Clean install. And do you mean that you installed Windows 7 off of the install disk and just didnt entera product ID and then started using it. If you are not using the beta i think there is a way to activate it i know there is one in XP and Vista. If when you startup the computer it says something along the lines of activate Windows then all you will have to do is input in your real windows 7 product code and you are good to go. but if you are still using the Beta im sure some people still are then you will have to do a clean install.




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