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Trouble reformatting older Laptop


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#1 blitzjg

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 09:03 PM

It came with Windows vista originally. The product key is still on the warranty sticker on the laptop, but I got a free upgrade to windows 7 and obviously would rather go back to 7 than that god awful vista, but I moved and think the disk and that product key are probably at my parents house somewhere.

I have 2 DVD-Rs that look like they have Windows 7 boots burned onto them, but can I use these if I don't have a product key?

What are my other options?

Please help, in dire need of reformatting and would like to work on it this weekend.

 
 


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#2 anorkneemerse

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 09:41 PM

@ blitzjg

 

Please refer to .......

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/windows-7-product-key-invalid-when-trying-a-clean/cea6fb46-161c-4299-8e5c-685f1b01589c

 

In short, you may need to have an activated Win Vista running on your old laptop before you can use a Win 7 Upgrade DVD to install Win 7. The Win 7 Upgrade Product Key is needed to activate it. If unsuccessful, call M$ for Win 7 activation.






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