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November 22, 2012 6:16:41 AM

so i'm about to embark on my first ever system build, have all the parts ready to assemble and ready to go, but i think i've run into a problem. i bought and opened what i thought was windows 7 home premium, and it seems that i in fact purchased the upgrade kit as apposed to the full version. since i have opened it i can not return it, with that said, is there a way to make it work? should i just call microsoft and see what they can do? please help, i really don't want to take a loss on this!

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November 22, 2012 6:28:27 AM

You can buy XP and upgrade that. Apart from that your screwed :) 
November 22, 2012 6:36:00 AM

you aren't screwed

you can clean install windows 7 upgrade. After and during the install DO NOT enter the key. After it installs do the following:

1.Open an elevated command prompt as administrator (type 'cmd' in the search box after pressing windows button right click file, select 'Run as administrator')
2.Use the following command to install product key:

slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx



3.Activate Windows 7 with the following command:

slmgr -ato


To check activation status from command line, use

slmgr -dlv

or

slmgr -dli.
November 22, 2012 6:40:15 AM

cbag said:
you aren't screwed

you can clean install windows 7 upgrade. After and during the install DO NOT enter the key. After it installs do the following:

1.Open an elevated command prompt as administrator (type 'cmd' in the search box after pressing windows button right click file, select 'Run as administrator')
2.Use the following command to install product key:

slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx



3.Activate Windows 7 with the following command:

slmgr -ato


To check activation status from command line, use

slmgr -dlv

or

slmgr -dli.

is this pretty fool proof? this is my first ever build, and i don't want to screw it up, also, do i loose anything by doing it this way?
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