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Windows 7 Thread, Windows 7 Pro for £30 in Technical; Originally Posted by jamin100 Yeh the install worked fine, i just couldn't use the activation key so am limited to ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamin100 View Post
    Yeh the install worked fine, i just couldn't use the activation key so am limited to the 3 day thingy
    Serial key should be irrelevant, how will a key know if its followed an upgrade path or clean install unless it looks for a certificate?

    In which case you just need a valid vista certificate on your system before activating online.

    I dont want to say anymore in a public forum as we are getting into dodgy ground and im not sure if it does look for a certificate like an OEM install

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Serial key should be irrelevant
    should be but apparently isn't as when I tried to activate it on a clean install it said that it was an upgrade key and couldn't be used on a clean install.



    GOT IT WORKING!

    To clean install W7 32bit you have to install it twice!

    1. install W7 without a serial
    2. In W7 from the CD run Setup
    3. Install W7 the 2nd time as an upgrade
    4. When its installed activate online using the upgrade serial.

    Just worked for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamin100 View Post
    should be but apparently isn't as when I tried to activate it on a clean install it said that it was an upgrade key and couldn't be used on a clean install.



    GOT IT WORKING!

    To clean install W7 32bit you have to install it twice!

    1. install W7 without a serial
    2. In W7 from the CD run Setup
    3. Install W7 the 2nd time as an upgrade
    4. When its installed activate online using the upgrade serial.

    Just worked for me
    So if you can isolate the cetificate it looks for you can save your self a re-install

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    Well I've ordered it - but it won't download! Just sits on 0%!

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    yup, just got to figure out where its looking

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    ive downloaded it but want a clean install so im installing the x64 RC again on my new shiny RAID array hoping an upgrade from there will work

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    I'm primarily a mac man, but for £30 even I could be tempted! lol .. but then I'm still to shell out the £25 RRP for the latest version of OSX .. *looks smug and RUNS LIKE THE WIND as realises what he's just said in a windows 7 forum!*


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    I don't know if it's wrong but can anyone offer up the ISO? I've got a key (just ordered it) but the download isn't working - might be blocked in school.

    Any help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Well I've ordered it - but it won't download! Just sits on 0%!

    I had to use the options to disable proxy use

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    Proxy use is already disabled. I think it must be blocked but don't know what site it looks to to try and unblock it.

    If anyone has the ISO that I can quickly grab I'd much appreciate it.

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    the download isnt an ISO is 2 .box files and one .exe

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    Quote Originally Posted by aptproductions View Post
    I'm primarily a mac man, but for £30 even I could be tempted! lol .. but then I'm still to shell out the £25 RRP for the latest version of OSX .. *looks smug and RUNS LIKE THE WIND as realises what he's just said in a windows 7 forum!*

    Don't worry my trolling friend. £30 for a 3 yearly complete OS upgrade is a lot better than £25 for a yearly service pack IMO. That and I'll be along in the mac forum to laugh at you when you have to pay another £50-100 for next years service pack

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    Don't worry my trolling friend. £30 for a 3 yearly complete OS upgrade is a lot better than £25 for a yearly service pack IMO. That and I'll be along in the mac forum to laugh at you when you have to pay another £50-100 for next years service pack
    +1, mac fail

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    92% - it's coming! hehe

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    How to make the box and exe files into a bootable ISO

    How to make the box and exe files into a bootable ISO...


    1) Run 'Win7-P-Retail-en-us-***.exe'... expandedSetup dir will be spat out.
    2) Copy 'expandedSetup' directory somewhere (D: for the purposes of this...)
    3) Make sure 'etfsboot.com' has copied over from the source boot dir to your copy boot dir (mine didnt copy over)
    4) Download 'oscdimg.exe' and dump in C:\windows\system32
    5) Open a command prompt and run:
    6) oscdimg -bD:\expandedSetup\boot\etfsboot.com -h -u2 -m -lWIN_EN_DVD D:\expandedSetup D:\Windows7.iso (exactly, I know no gaps between "-bD:\")
    7) Do stuff with your ISO.


    Tested in XP (32bit) for the creation and VMware workstation for the bootable ISO.
    Last edited by Theblacksheep; 22nd October 2009 at 07:06 PM.

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