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Old October 23, 2009, 09:00 AM
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It may be an upgrade after all. Stupid Digital River...

BUT, you can make it a full version and install it on a blank HDD.

1) Just install the upgrade bootable disk to a blank HDD; it will ask you for your license key (and for some reason it probably won't accept it). Leave the field blank and proceed with the install.

2) When you boot up Windows 7, it will mention that it is a trial version.

3) Reinstall the upgrade over the trial version of Windows 7. For some reason this time around the installation will "see" the existing windows installation and the license key should work, essentially "upgrading " over the existing trial version..

Its been reported that this method works.

Give it a try!

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Old October 23, 2009, 10:14 AM
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I used my sisters email bought a copy...
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Old October 23, 2009, 08:22 PM
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I just finished my installation using the bootable CD version. It never asked me for my Vista key - although it might have found it since it was still installed.
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Old October 23, 2009, 09:23 PM
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made my ISO but not quite ready to format and install it just yet. I will be getting a memory stick for this and will make that bootable and keep it around, more durable and faster than dvds
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Old October 24, 2009, 12:18 PM
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Made an ISO and it worked prefectly installed just like a full install and I had a blank hard drive.
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Old October 27, 2009, 08:27 AM
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My System Specs


My wife is a student, so we had no problem picking it up.

I edited it to be able to upgrade from RC, I'm not ready to do clean install yet:

How to Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to RTM (Final Release) :: the How-To Geek

and in order to upgrade it has to be Ultimate as well:

How to install any version of Windows 7 | Windows 7 Center

well and an ISO creating guide as was mentioned earlier:

Make bootable iso from student d/l - Windows 7 Forums
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