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Reinstalling an Win7 Upgrade after HDD wiped

Last response: in Windows 7
May 31, 2011 5:49:07 PM

Hey all,

I recently wiped a hard drive clean and reinstalled Windows 7 Ultimate in the process. Originally the hard drive had Vista installed, and was upgraded to Windows 7. Now when I put the key in for Windows 7, it won't work (I didn't expect it to). Does anyone know a way to have windows accept the Vista key and then the Upgrade key? Or do I have to do a clean install of vista then win7?

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May 31, 2011 6:08:37 PM

Doesn't Windows 7 offer you the chance to put your Vista DVD disk to check your entitlement to the upgrade?

May 31, 2011 6:10:09 PM

That was my thinking/understanding. However I was never prompted to do so. Installation continued and now says I have 30 days to activate.