Running 7 ultimate trial...expires soon. Can I enter a lisence activation key without

I would like to keep the pc intact the way it is. Can I purchase a disk and enter the key without reinstalling the operating sustem? I have backed up mt file at carbonite just in case. If i have to reinstall the operating system, can i switch to a different version of win 7 like premium and still transfer my data from carbonite back into my computer?

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No you cannot just insert a key on the RC 1 or Beta, The purchased version a a different version number, you should be able to reinstall all files and data you created with your various programs. Howver you do realize that you will have re-install all your programs with the new OS

While most people who tested Windows 7 have now moved to the final version, some are still running the Release Candidate. If you haven’t moved yet, it’s time to replace the RC. Starting on March 1, 2010 your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Your work will not be saved during the shutdown. The Windows 7 RC will fully expire on June 1, 2010. Your PC running the Windows 7 RC will continue shutting down every two hours and your files won’t be saved during shutdown. In addition, your wallpaper will change to a solid black background with a persistent message on your desktop. You’ll also get periodic notifications that Windows isn’t genuine. That means your PC may no longer be able to obtain optional updates or downloads requiring genuine Windows validation. To avoid interruption, please reinstall a prior version of Windows or move to Windows 7. In either case, you’ll need to do a custom (clean) install to replace the RC. As with any clean installation, you’ll need to back up your data then reinstall your applications and restore the data. For more details about replacing the RC, see the Knowledge Base article KB 971767 available here: Description of Windows 7 Beta and Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) expiration dates and functionality . For more information, visit the Window 7 Forum available here: Windows 7 IT Pro Category . Thanks again for helping us test Windows 7.
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