Digital River Windows 7 pricing

Gibson486

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Anyone ever do this? My gf works at a university, so she has a university address.

I remember people saying that it was the full version even though it was advertised as upgrade? Is this still the case?
 

Modular

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I've done it, but my experience was that it was not a full version. I had to put in a previous versions disk or have a previous version installed when I installed it.

Maybe I was doing it wrong?
 

Gibson486

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Argggg....I find it pretty amazing that Windows can still be sold for $250 for the full version.
 

dank69

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Yes you must have a copy of windows installed, but you can do a full format fresh install once the existing windows partition is detected. There are (were?) ways to fake even that but who doesn't have a copy of any version of windows lying around?
 

PieIsAwesome

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It may have been because I had XP installed, but when I installed I just formatted and did a clean install with the upgrade disc and key and it worked fine.

There is also an easy way to use the upgrade key to make a clean install without needing any previous windows installation. So for all practical purposes, its no different than the "full" version key.
 

Gibson486

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Yes you must have a copy of windows installed, but you can do a full format fresh install once the existing windows partition is detected. There are (were?) ways to fake even that but who doesn't have a copy of any version of windows lying around?

This guy here does not have one....


I used to have a Windows ME disc, but I have no idea where it is now.
 

Gibson486

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It may have been because I had XP installed, but when I installed I just formatted and did a clean install with the upgrade disc and key and it worked fine.

There is also an easy way to use the upgrade key to make a clean install without needing any previous windows installation. So for all practical purposes, its no different than the "full" version key.

will google be my friend on this?
 

redz

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It will let you do a clean install, but it will say something like it needs a valid key within 30 days or it will stop working. I then reinstalled on top of the install I just did, and apparently it considered that an upgrade because it accepted the key.
 

Gibson486

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It will let you do a clean install, but it will say something like it needs a valid key within 30 days or it will stop working. I then reinstalled on top of the install I just did, and apparently it considered that an upgrade because it accepted the key.

lol....that is a pretty big flaw.....
 

Gibson486

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It's not a flaw and from what I've read actually acceptable to Microsoft.

Well then....I guess that settles it....

do they really check your student status? I mean, my gf will be taking classes for free (1 per semester), but not until the fall.
 

mizzou

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I was able to do a clean install win7 64bit with the additional backup cd with no problems

Search for the mega thread on this in hot deals
 

BoomerD

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Looks to me like it's only the upgrade...

http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/default.aspx

Says so right on the box.

window-box.jpg
 

fixxor

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I did this when 7 first came out. Got the pro version and did a reformat and install.
 

Nintendesert

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Yeah it works for me. I have licenses of XP, tons and of Vista with the boxes and disks sitting here. When installing 7 though I want to do clean installs so doing the methods mentioned and googleable is preferable and I've never had problems. The only problem I had was installing 7 over 7 beta and then having the whole install revert to beta status a few weeks ago and no longer functioning. It was weird.
 

bhanson

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Mine seemed to be a full version. I installed directly onto a brand new hard drive and activated with no problems.

$30