Activate Windows 7 with a "lower" key.

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Wizkid, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Wizkid

    Wizkid New Member

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    Hello,

    I got the 30-day trial RTM version of Windows 7, however now, 30 days later I have to enter an activation code. Through MSDNAA I can get an Windows 7 x64 Professional key, but when I enter it it says it doesn't work because this is Ultimate. Is there a way to enter that key anyhow without having to reinstall on Professional?

    Thanks alot,

    Niels Hendriks
     
  2. orlbuckeye

    orlbuckeye New Member

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    The version Windows 7 installs is based on the key. You can get the MSDNAA key and validate the professional version. If you still want to go to Ultimate then you can do the Microsoft Anytime Upgrade to go from Pro to Ultimate which should be around 100.00. Ultimate doesn't give you many more features then Pro.

    Windows 7, what's the difference between the editions?
     
  3. Wizkid

    Wizkid New Member

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    Hello,

    Thanks for your reply,

    However I cannot do this: Windows 7 Ultimate has already been installed for 30 days, and it now wants the product key for Windows 7 Ultimate, it doesn't accept any other key. Is there a workaround to still get the possibility to insert the Professional key?

    Thanks,

    Niels Hendriks
     
  4. Tepid

    Tepid New Member

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    Yep,,, backup data,, format and reinstall.
     
  5. SIW2

    SIW2 New Member

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    No - there isn't.

    Otherwise everyone would install Ultimate from the dvd - then use the much cheaper keys from other Editions.
     
  6. tblount

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    Try rearm to get 30 more days.. you can do it 3 times.
     
  7. Wizkid

    Wizkid New Member

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    How do I rearm it?

    I'll try using it as a upgrade install otherwise, because no way i'm going to format again :x

    Thanks,

    Niels
     
  8. RAK

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  9. tblount

    tblount New Member

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    Microsoft provided the rearm option... and allowed it to be used 3 times. They also included a "skiprarm" key in the registry that can be used in conjunction with rearm... but the results appear to be randomized.
     

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