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September 24, 2010 9:16:11 AM

I just got done building my computer and was installing Win 7. I was able to obtain a product key from my school and used my friends Win 7 cd. I choose custom install and it recognized my hd. Then I entered my product key and it wasn't working. I later find out that he gave me his Win 7 Ultimate cd and I have the product key for Win 7 Pro. I then was able to get a Win 7 Pro cd from another friend and went through the same process. This time when I get prompt and choose custom, it does not recognize my hd anymore. Can anyone help me as to why this is occurring? TIA

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September 24, 2010 9:20:39 AM

I should also add that before I was able to get the Win 7 Pro cd from my other friend, I was installing XP so I could get online to my schools website to just download Win 7 onto my computer bc at the time I wasn't sure if I was able to get my hands on a Win 7 Pro cd. I was going through the XP set up and partitioned with NTFS? In the middle of the set up, I ended up exiting out bc my friend msged me saying he had a Win 7 Pro key.

This is my first build and Im pretty lost right now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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September 24, 2010 9:27:56 AM

does BIOS see the HDD? if so then download the Ultimate Boot CD burn to a disk and boot the computer with it, us the HDD tools and Wipe the drive, one pass zero's, then try the Win 7 install again
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September 24, 2010 1:09:56 PM

Stop trying to pirate the software and buy a legal version. That will fix all your problems.
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September 24, 2010 7:12:49 PM

jitpublisher said:
Stop trying to pirate the software and buy a legal version. That will fix all your problems.


I never once said I was pirating. If you read my original post, I said I got a product key from my school. My school offers free upgrade Win 7 to students.
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September 24, 2010 7:17:43 PM

if possible do not upgrade, do a clean install, much faster and won't bring any error's Windows has forward
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September 24, 2010 7:45:50 PM

number13 said:
if possible do not upgrade, do a clean install, much faster and won't bring any error's Windows has forward


Yeah I dont have a OS currently on there since I just got done building the comp. I had two options, upgrading or custom (clean install) and I did choose the custom option. As soon as I pick that option though, it does not read my HDD. In BIOS, it does recognize my HDD because when I go into 1st boot, it sees both my dvd rom and HDD
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September 24, 2010 7:52:38 PM

if it's a clean install that's the reason that you can't do custom, you usually use that for a dual boot setup where you lready have a OS installed
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September 24, 2010 8:03:07 PM

Hmm.. I thought the upgrade is where you already have a OS installed. And custom was so you wipe everything out and start over completely
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September 25, 2010 2:08:44 AM

Problem solved.. Thank you for your help number13
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September 25, 2010 9:57:24 PM

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