How can I use my product key to validate W7 on a replacement HDD?
February 21, 2013 5:06 PM Subscribe
How can I use my product key to validate W7 on a replacement HDD? I need W7 for work.
posted by KokuRyu to Computers & Internet (15 answers total)
- An HDD failed on a laptop.
- I bought a new one, and wanted to use my existing W7 Home product key to install W7 Home.
- I did not have a back disk for my old HDD (I am Very Bad, I know) or W7 install disks
- So, I attempted to download the W7 ISO from Microsoft, and burn it onto a DVD-R.
- For whatever reason, I could not burn the ISO onto a DVD-R (it got 99% of the way before failing)
- A coworker lent me a W7 Professional Upgrade disk
- I used the W7P upgrade disk to install W7
However, now I have W7 Professional on the HDD (it's a laptop), and I cannot figure out how to validate it.
My coworker gave me the product key for the Upgrade disk (we're contractors and provide our own equipment; this is to be a work computer), but I could not verify using that code because the original build was Windows 7 Home.
- I tried upgrading using the code, but that failed.
- I tried using my original W7 product key associated with the laptop and the original HDD, but I get a prompt to go into Windows Setup.
- Googling (actually, I was using Bing) "Windows Setup" provides no answers.
I'm wondering what to do now.
In an ideal world, I would have had a W7 Home install disk, and would have used my existing W7 Home product key to install Windows.
But now I'm stuck with an OS that is only good for 30 days. Do I remove it? How do you remove an OS like W7? Is there an easy way around this?