I like it!
Windows 7 is great! I’ve been playing around with the beta at work for a while and I’m pretty impressed. So impressed that I actually BOUGHT the FAMILY PACK! That’s right, I bought 3 copies of Windows 7! That’s gotta tell you something! It installed flawlessly on my MacBook Pro, my Mac Mini, and my trust custom PC. I didn’t have to hunt for a single driver.
Uh.. there’s a problem here..
Since I actually own several copies of Windows XP, I bought the Upgrade version of Windows 7. The box says:
“If you are upgrading from Windows XP, you will need to back up your files and settings, perform a clean install and then reinstall your existing files, settings, and programs.”
Not a problem, it’s never a good idea to upgrade over your existing stuff anyway, It’s like building a new house on a rotten foundation, so I ALWAYS do a fresh install. And that’s just what I did, I erased my hard drive (after backing everything up!) and installed a fresh coat of Windows 7. However, when it came time for me to activate, I got a nasty message saying that I didn’t have the right license to do a fresh install.. and I COULD NOT ACTIVATE!
Lucky for me, I have a good friend named Google that told me how to bypass this little GLITCH! Here are the steps you need to take if you run into the same issue.
- Once you have reached the desktop, click Start, type: CMD
- Right-click CMD, click ‘Run as administrator’
- At the command prompt, type, regedit
- Go to HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/mediabootinstall
- Changed its value from 1 to 0
- Go back to the Command Prompt, type the following: slmgr /rearm
- Restart the PC and use the activate windows to re-enter your product key
And that should do it! It’s a silly thing, but Microsoft can’t get everything right.
I’d like to thank Andre Da Costa for posting that tip on a forum somewhere.