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ID and License not recognised after formatting drive on HP desktop.

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March 24, 2014 2:23:51 AM

Installing a new full version of Windows XP from E-bay on a 64 bit machine, before re-installing an upgrade version of Windows 7 Ultimate.

I have an HP desktop about 3 years old; this had the upgrade version of Windows 7 ultimate on it. I think this upgrade version was supplied with the PC and requested by me, as the PC had the Windows Media Centre remote control supplied with it. Because of repeated screen freezes, I tried many restore points with no success, until I eventually decided to reformat the HD which is I TB. After I reloaded Windows 7, the ID number and license was not recognised, but I have 30 days to get another licence, (Microsoft help say that the ID number and License are checking out as OK)..I have only bought Windows upgrades for the past years for XP, Me, '98 and the last full version which I have is '95. My options as I see it are (1). To buy the full version of Windows XP from e-bay for about £40, and load this initially, but I don't know if this will be successful on a 64 bit PC. Alternatively (2). to buy the full version of Windows 8.1, equivalent to Windows 7 Ultimate, which appears to be PRO PACK, to restore the option of having Windows Media Centre again, in order to watch and record TV.

Another problem is, that I have difficulty sourcing a full version of Windows 8.1 PROPACK, although Microsoft sales say that it is available in their web shop here in the UK.

What to do? Decisions, decisions!

Regards,

Frustra Ted.

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March 24, 2014 2:37:45 AM

I'm not following. You have a full legit copy of windows 7 ultimate (a first I must say...) which MS agrees is good. But you don't have the lower copy of windows? That's what MS is upset about? But then you also write;

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Installing a new full version of Windows XP from E-bay on a 64 bit machine, before re-installing an upgrade version of Windows 7 Ultimate.


There is no way to upgrade XP to win7. Or rather there is no in place upgrade. Research how to do the "double install" method of Win7 and it should fix your problem assuming you have a real legit copy of win7.
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