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Turn Windows 7 upgrade to a Normal install?

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May 26, 2011 10:24:49 AM

I had bought windows vista along time ago and when i got it, it had said that i would get a free windows 7 upgrade in the mail when it got released. Well the time has come and passed. I have a small problem where i need to reinstall windows 7 but i cant find my windows vista disc or Serial Key. Now i found a site that explained how to make it so i can just install the upgrade and fool it into thinking that its a normal copy.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_use_your_windows_7_upgrade_disk_fresh_pc?page=0,0

Now im wondering if this still works and if other people have done it or if there are easyer ways. Keep in mind i cant afford to buy a nonupgrade version of windows 7 atm.
May 26, 2011 11:34:48 AM

I can verify the double install method still works.
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May 26, 2011 12:37:11 PM

is that where you install the upgrade as a Normal and then install the upgrade again as an upgrade?
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May 26, 2011 12:38:53 PM

Yes, do fresh install using upgrade disk. Do NOT enter a product key when asked. Once in Windows and in an unactivatived state, run upgrade from within Windows. This time you can enter your key and activate.
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