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Has right to install Windows 8 Pro Upgrade expired?

Question: Has right to install Windows 8 Pro Upgrade expired?

Some 12 months ago, I purchased 3 copies of Windows 8 Pro Upgrade and a recovery DVD from Microsoft. I upgraded a PC running Vista Home Premium to Windows 8 Pro with no problems whatsoever. However, I was less than impressed withe the OS and the other two copies have remained unused.

Recently, that PC upgraded to Windows 8.1. I was immediately pleased with the result and decided to upgrade another PC. At first, I tried to download 8.1 using the Windows 8 key. It would not work. (I didn't really expect it would!) So I inserted the 32bit DVD while running on Vista, and proceeded to upgrade. Key was accepted OK. Installation seemed to go OK, until the "Devices" setup, PC rebooted after which "Installation unsuccessful...restoring to previous OS" was displayed.

I tried again, this time installing Windows 8 only...no personal settings, etc. Exactly the same thing happened.

I read that a clean install could be effected with the DVD, so I rebooted from the DVD and proceeded with the install which seemed to proceed OK until the reboot after "Devices" setup. Briefly I saw the new Windows 8 blue icon, then that disappeared and nothing more happened.

I tried to repair using the DVD. It found problems it could not fix!

I made a point of uninstalling AVG prior to attempting upgrade and have read your installation guides. The thing I find surprising is the fact that this PC is very similar, if not identical, to the one that upgraded so easily 12 months ago. I wondered if the right to use the Upgrade Windows 8 Pro had expired. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

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Answer: Has right to install Windows 8 Pro Upgrade expired?

I wondered if the right to use the Upgrade Windows 8 Pro had expired.



NO.






At first, I tried to download 8.1 using the Windows 8 key. It would not work.



Take a look at those posts for more info.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

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Hi, I bought a Toshiba laptop some months ago before Windows 7 came out, making sure it had a Windows 7 upgrade option. I didn't want to upgrade when W7 first came out because there might obviously be problems with a new release - I thought I'd wait to see how it was received. Anyway, a friend of mine convinced me the other day that it's much better than Vista and I should upgrade, but now I'm told that there was a time-limit on the upgrade option, and it expired on the 28th of February - last Sunday! I can no longer upgrade - I missed the boat. I called customer services, but all they could do was repeat what the web-page said - the option has expired so go away.

I'm not at all happy about this because at no stage was I told that there was a time limit on this. It didn't say it in the product information, or on the outside of the box, or on anything provided inside in the box. I had no idea I had to do this before the end of Feb to do this - if I did I would have done it.

As far as I'm concerned I have paid for Windows 7. The upgrade option came as part of the cost of the laptop with no mention of a time limit. Toshiba may not see it that way, but that's any reasonable person would believe from the information given. Is anyone else angry about this? I'm hoping that posting here will prompt them into action without me having to take them to small claims court. There's no way this can be permissible under consumer law. Imagine selling someone a book token that had a 6 mo... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 upgrade option expired!

Are you in the UK? - Were you misled by the retailer or can you find a "UK" Toshiba web page that has purchase eligibility but no "expiry date" - if yes get down to the retailer. Was there any mention of the upgrade AND No Expiry in the laptop documentation?

I think the upgrade is regional/country based e.g. for the usa at [http://laptops.toshiba.com/windows7upgrade-learnmore] the offer closes on 15/3. Yet there are Microsoft pages saying it has closed.
If you can find an EU Toshiba site with the offer still open that might strengthen your case for a begging letter to Toshiba UK or Toshiba Europe.

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My computer starts every 2 hours, and i have not enough time to download Windows 8 Pro between every restart, although i have a product key i cant download windows.

HELP!!!!

Answer:Windows 8 Release Preview expired doesn┤t let me upgrade

If you have the product key, you can use the iso someone else has already downloaded.

Otherwise, you may have to resort to google.

MS doesn't appear to have uploaded anything to help those who are stuck.

I assume you have another o/s you can install - just using the 30 day trial - win 7, or Vista.

You could install one of those and try downloading from there.

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Hello guys this is my first post....i wanted a help from you guys...the problem is that whenever I try to install win.8 pro on my expired win.8 RP,it tells me that "The version of this program isn't compatible with the version of windows you're running.Check your computer's system information whether you need a different version of the program for the 32-bit version,64-bit version or a ARM Processor.Then,see if it's available from the software publisher."
When I try to install by booting it says "Error loading operating system." PLease Help !!
otherwise i will get restart within every 2 hours.....

Answer:How to Install Windows 8 on the expired verion of Win.8 RP

Welcome to EightForums, iamnaman. Sorry to read of your problem.

8 RP is not a qualifying OS to upgrade. You must have XP, Vista, or 7 to qualify. The upgrade is not a stand alone edition. You may want to read this page:

Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

Do you have your prior OS media or mirror that you can load on the machine?

One other alternative is to purchase the OEM system builder edition.

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I need to find a way to recover (preferably burn to cd and/or zip and upload) files in an expired Windows XP Home installation. Since the Windows Genuine Advantage security prevents any way of backing the files up, there are two ways so far that I've heard of to go about doing this. One is to use a bootable linux CD from what I understand.

If I were to go with the bootable linux CD route, which distro should I choose? I need something that will have the ability to zip and burn files to a cd-r easily.

The other possible way is explained here: http://tomorrowtimes.blogspot.com/2006/12/how-to-login-to-expired-windows.html. The problem is, all this link explains is how to access files in the default internet browser (firefox in this case). Since individually uploading each file is out of the question, is there a way to zip files via a website application of some sort? Is there a firefox compression utility plugin?
 

Answer:Rescuing files from an expired windows xp install

Do you have another computer to use? The quickest way is to just pull the drive and copy things over to the other computer. Both Knoppix and BartPE (a windows live disk) have network sharing support so another option would be to copy your files over a network. If none of these are viable, Knoppix does include k3b which you can use to burn cds. Good luck!
 

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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

Answer:Clean-install Windows 7 after the Win10 revert option has expired?

The Windows 10 upgrade did nothing to your Windows 7 product key, it remains just as valid to use in any legal installation as it always was. HOWEVER it violates the End Users License Agreement to have the Windows 7 and Windows 10 upgrade resulting from that Windows 7 license installed on the same computer at the same time. Thus it also violates this forum's rules to discuss how to do it. You have 1 license/product key for Windows - that means only one installation of Windows is legally allowed from that license/product key, Windows 10 or Windows 7, not both; even though only your honesty is preventing you from using the same license for both the Windows 10 and Windows 7.

If you choose to purchase a second license for Windows, then you can see here for more information:
Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

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can i upgrade to windows 10 with expired windows 7 activation key? or i have to activate win 7 key and then upgrade? someone please clarify.

Answer:can i upgrade to windows 10 with expired windows 7 activation key?

How has your Win 7 key expired? Was it a trial version or other?
If you upgrade to Win 10 from Win 7 which isn't activated, your Win 10 won't be activated.
If you want an activated Win10, you will need to either activate your Win 7 or purchase a Win10 key.

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Windows Vista x86 and Windows 7 x86 users in Catch 22 situation trying to restore systems!
During Factory Restore of Vista x86, upgrade of Vista x86 to Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1, or install of Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 and validating install online, Windows Update fails after mandated update.
Unable to manually download requisite updates due to "Browser our of date" error from Microsoft Support website!
Downloads only available from Support.Microsoft.com website

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If you did, please post your local time and your timezone. Upgrade or fresh install?

Note that we are talking here only about systems that have not been previously upgraded to Win 10 and then rolled back to Win 7 or 8.

Answer:Anyone able to get free upgrade after deadlline expired?

This is from Microsoft: Microsoft: More details on the end of 'Get Windows 10' and what's next - Windows 10 Forums






Upgrades must be fully completed by 11:59 p.m. UTC-10 on July 29, 2016



so local time does not matter.

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If you did, please post your local time and your timezone. Upgrade or fresh install?

Note that we are talking here only about systems that have not been previously upgraded to Win 10 and then rolled back to Win 7 or 8.

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My warranty expired, you know what that means...Time to take apart the lappy! I want to upgrade my T5750 with something that packs a bit more punch.I was wondering if anyone had the Lenovo HMM for the Y510 - or knew a contact for where I could get it?(Being that the Y series is a Consumer Laptop, unlike the Thinkpads, such information is not publicly available on Lenovos website)  I also would like to know the highest supported processor for the Lenovo Y510 series while maintaining the same Intel G965 Chipset and LENOVO SPEEDY Motherboard. To elaborate even further on this, what socket type is the processor?I know it is socket P, but is it a Pin or Ball socket processor??? That's about it.

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@Kari, @simrick,

Ok. So there's this "rumor" floating around that the free upgrade has been "extended" by Microsoft. So I did a little experiment on my custom built computer that has never had Windows 10 Home on it before. Here's the results:

Clean install of Windows 10 Home build 14393 from an ISO file captured from a computer that did the insider upgrade - no activation:



Here's the product key to be tested:



Here's the change product key screen in progress of checking it:



And the result? - Exactly the same as would have occurred on July 28th:



Further proof, slmgr /dlv result:



So the definitive answer is that the Microsoft activation server is working on 8/1/2016 at 7:30PM 1.5 hours North of Microsoft in Stanwood, WA just exactly the same as it worked on July 28th.

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@Kari, @simrick,

Ok. So there's this "rumor" floating around that the free upgrade has been "extended" by Microsoft. So I did a little experiment on my custom built computer that has never had Windows 10 Home on it before. Here's the results:

Clean install of Windows 10 Home build 14393 from an ISO file captured from a computer that did the insider upgrade - no activation:



Here's the product key to be tested:



Here's the change product key screen in progress of checking it:



And the result? - Exactly the same as would have occurred on July 28th:



Further proof, slmgr /dlv result:



So the definitive answer is that the Microsoft activation server is working on 8/1/2016 at 7:30PM 1.5 hours North of Microsoft in Stanwood, WA just exactly the same as it worked on July 28th.

Answer:Definitive Answer: Is the free upgrade really expired?

Well, I guess the rumor is true! Thanks for sharing!

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i wanna know if the window 7 (build 7100) can be installed after it expired date ??

Answer:it is possible to install win 7 (7100)after it expired?

sure it can be installed, you just can't boot into it, so pretty pointless.

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Let me back up several months ago, I had ordered Win XP Pro SP3 OEM from Tiger Direct, ok, no problem, I placed it on another computer (That ended up getting stolen) Problem. The Product key was on that laptop, so there went that (Solution to Problem, I had found a Product Key Software program to recover the Product Key, after my activation period ended).
I retreved my product key, have since entered it into the area where it's supposed to go, went to resolve the unactivated issue and have come up with an error message of Microsoft Feeds Syncronization has encountered a problem and will now close, I am getting frustrated with this, I have jobs that are waiting for me to get them done, and I can't be waiting any longer, I have tried contacting Microsoft directly and was disconnected in the process of trying to get the issue resolved.
Other issue is that I can't format the HDD in Safe Mode due to restrictions Microsoft has made to the software, nor can I access the internet while there either.

Answer:Win XP Pro SP3 Install, Activation Expired

For the Microsoft Feeds Synchronization problem Uninstall IE 8: Microsoft Feeds Synchronization has encountered a problem and needs to close...
As for resolving your Activation, try calling them again.

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I was recently running a trial version of Windows Vista on my laptop, and unfortunately, it expired before I was able to purchase an activation number. I have decided to return to my original OS, Windows XP Home Version.

I am not sure how to go about installing Windows XP since no version of Windows is currently running on my computer. Since Vista is expired, all I am seeing is a window with an option to activate Vista.

Can anyone tell me how I would be able to get rid of Vista so that I can reinstall XP?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Expired Vista - need to install XP

If you have the System CD for your laptop, just boot to it and do a clean install.
 

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After even using Microsoft's "Fix It" and Diagnostic tools, we get an automated e-mail that says:

Your ID seems to have expired or you have already completed this process before. Contact your support engineer so they can guide you through the appropriate next steps.

Hopefully we'll get a better e-mail on a weekday, but maybe someone knows what this means.
 

Answer:Solved: Service Pack 3 won't install - Expired ID?

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I have two outstanding work orders with this message. One is for incoming mail, and the other is for outgoing mail. Our network admin ran some tests once we received the first ticket in connection with outgoing mail and has deduced that the recipient has our mail blocked. Shortly after, another work order came in but is a client trying to email a staff person here.

The entire bounce back from the outgoing mail:

Delivery has failed to these recipients or distribution lists:

*Recipient email address*
Microsoft Exchange has been trying to deliver this message without success and has stopped trying. Please try sending this message again, or provide the following diagnostic text to your system administrator.

_____

Sent by Microsoft Exchange Server 2007


Diagnostic information for administrators:

Generating server: *servername.domainname*.local

*Client's email address*
#550 4.4.7 QUEUE.Expired; message expired ##

Original message headers:

Received: from *servername11.domainname*..local (10.6.150.19) by
*servername.domainname*..local (10.6.150.9) with Microsoft SMTP Server (TLS) id
8.3.106.1; Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:25:36 -0500
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*servername21.domainname*.local ([10.6.150.19]) with mapi; Wed, 10 Nov 2010
10:25:37 -0500
From: *sender email address*
To: client email address Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:25:34 -0500
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We have a very important client who when they attempt to mail a user on our domain irregularly get's bounce backs with the message:

#550 4.4.7 QUEUE.Expired; message expired ##

The client in question does not appear to have issues mailing anyone else on our domain or any other. I receive all E-mail they send to me. The user here also has no other issues with his mail. As I said, the issue occurs irregularly: some days it's fine, others it's not.

Does anyone know if this is an issue our end or theirs please?
 

Answer:550 4.4.7 QUEUE.Expired; message expired

I did a Google search for 550 4.4.7 QUEUE.Expired and most of the found pages seem to suggest the problem is most likely with Microsoft Exchange Server on the sending end.
 

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I've been using the free version of Sophos Virus removal tool weekly for years.  Yesterday it reported being out of date.  So I uninstalled it after downloading the latest version from the link in the expired notification.  Restarted the computer and installed the latest version.  When I start it it reports the tool is expired and to download the latest version.  Tried twice, then gave up.  File version is 2.5.5.0 Any ideas?

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Hi. I'll try to explain this as easily as I can

1) I had a computer with Windows XP Professional installed.

2) Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit that was installed as an upgrade 30 days ago. As you probably know, Vista has a 30 day evaluation or grace period where it can be used without a product key. That's what I did. Now that the period has expired, I want to buy the Vista Ultimate 64-bit RED upgrade.

3) The RED version just makes a donation to a charity and has some extra desktop wallpapers, etc. as far as I can tell. My question isn't regarding that-- you can assume for the purpose of this post that I just said Vista Ultimate 64-bit upgrade.

4) Now, finally, my question: since I already have 64-bit version of Vista on the PC, I can upgrade to Ultimate without a clean install, right?

I would think that the setup DVD for Ultimate would just install the content not already there and the fact that it's already 64-bit means it shouldn't require me to backup everything and do a fresh start, but I'm asking to be sure. Any help is greatly appreciated. I did some searching on Microsoft support articles to no avail. Thanks!!
 

Answer:Vista Grace/Eval period expired, now to upgrade to higher Vista

Anyone? For clarity, I should've omitted the entire part about it being the RED edition-- that's irrelevant. Question still stands though
 

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My motherboard took a dive on me 3 weeks ago so I sent it to newegg RMA service and got a replacement. When I turned my computer back on Windows notified me that my hardware had changed too much and I'd need to reactivate my copy of Windows XP.

Okay, I've done this before. I punch in the key and it tells me my key is expired and has been reactivated too many times. Now I'm alittle angry, granted I've upgraded parts of my eMachines before. I've replaced the motherboard, added video and sound cards, and more RAM. But the harddrive and CPU are the same.

So deal is, I fess up $200 to MS to get a refreshed CD Key, or I get my copy of Windows XP deactivated in 1 and a half days and counting. Speedy responses appreciated.

I do have access to another copy of Windows XP, but I'm worried that if I put it in and install it over my current, I'll lose all of my data. Is there anyway I can make use of this other Windows XP copy?

Thanks in advance. I really don't want to get mugged for $200 by M$.
 

Answer:Expired Windows XP CD Key?

I just sold a copy of XP Pro to a guy on ANANDTECH and he had the same problem.. he called MS and they fixed the problem.. as per teh user agreement, you pay 200$ to be able to use the software for 12 years.. you could also assume your key has been keygenned and was spread on Kazaa/Emule/Limewire whatever.. call MS, they should fix it..

-Evil Juggalo
 

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I purchased a W7 professional upgrade DVD from MS. Did a clean install and activated it. Windows activation shows that my version is activated.
I wanted to start a support call on the MS support web-site. One step is to provide my Windows PID what I did, but I got a message that my PID has expired.
How can that be but still show activated?
With the W7 updates I had also installed the "check for genuine version", ran it and got a confirmation that i have a genuine W7 version.
So what do I need to do to have an valid PID?

Answer:Windows PID has expired

Call MS tech support and they will sort it out for you. You could be typing in an incorrect character, or there is a flaw in the system.

When you speak with MS, if asked tell them you had the old qualifying XP or Vista (you have one, right?) on the HD at the time you clean installed with Upgrade version or they may send you back to do it over again. (Been happenin lately, for some reason - which is ironic since they were giving out the registry workaround in Oct.)

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Ok so I acquired 3 HP pavillion 3100's, cool.
got them home and 2 work but say that i have 12 days to activate them..and one was alreay expired.

So its now 12 days later and I cant log on to any of the computers. I have a copy of windows xp that I was going to try to put on them (reformatting) BUT......the drives wont read burnt CD's is there any other way that I can wipe them out??

I have a laptop that doesnt have a floppy drive.

the HP's are runing XP home.

I didnt pay anything for the computers, but id hate to think that they ight become really big paper weights.

Answer:cant log on..Windows expired.. Help

No options without the disk. You will have to replace the drive, or get an external one.

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Hi,

I just bought a new laptop last month and it has windows 8.1 by default.
And today there's a pop up that said I need to activate my windows. I dont know what should I do, it said that it will expire in April 28th.
When I checked on properties the windows is Windows 8.1 Single Language and it said Windows is activated.
Edit: i browsed and found some method to know if your win is original or not and these are the results


So, what should I do?
Thanks in advance and sorry for broken english.

Answer:Windows 8.1 Expired Problem

Take it back to wherever you bought it. Do NOT be trying fixes yourself or they may argue that you've voided the warranty.

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A friend of mine just got a used computer that I am sure has a legit installation of xp home on it.We made some hardware changes,and it wants to activate windows again.Problem being we don't have the product key,his niece,whom he aquired it from,has lost it(product key:)).Question being does anyone know how to recover the key without it installed as the main drive/os?
I tried Everest,but it only gives information on the current os.
By the way,the activation period expired while his children were playing games and we had already changed the modem without installing the correct drivers.
Question 2.If I put a modem recognized by windows in it,would it then try to activate,(successfully),under its old configuration?
Thanxs Again,
Mike Hanson

Answer:Windows Activation Expired

This may work for your first problem:

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

So this is a seperate partiton or HD?

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Why... ??
Digital Entitlement and Digital License are 1 Years Expired or Limited Expired or Lifetime Device ???

Answer:Windows 10 License has Expired

Google 888-303-5121

Your computer caught an infection.

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Why... ??
Digital Entitlement and Digital License are 1 Years Expired or Limited Expired or Lifetime Device ???

Answer:Windows 10 License has Expired

Google 888-303-5121

Your computer caught an infection.

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Hello. I am new on this forum. I have a Major problem with my computer. It started these warnings awhile ago. It said my windows password was going to expire in 14 days. I tried making a diffrent user account and even tried to figure out on my own how to get into the administrator account. I could not figure it out. I am now locked out of my computer. I went on a long vacation and when i got home, i couldn't get on my computer. Let me explain what it is doing. When you turn it on, it goes through the whole boot process. But, before it will allow me to get into windows, a little blue box pops up asking me for a password. I have NO idea what to do. And to top it all off, my windows Xp disc is no longer readable. So, could anyone please help me? Oh, and by the way, I have tried pressing <delete> to get to the setup. It won't ever go to setup. I have also tried <F8>. It just beeps at me. I am baffled by this. I know i should have came to my friends house and asked what to do before it expired. but vacation was fun. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME????
 

Answer:Windows XP password has expired

As your machine gave you daily notices, that indicates that it's on a domain, or that someone set the gpedit settings to change the password every xxxx days.

Is this a work pc?

If not, where did you acquire it, if you don't mind my asking?

Odd to see that on a personal pc.

thanks,

v
 

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Guys, my windows just expired. I think the store where I bought my computer installed a pirated copy of windows. I googled for some help and found this link "http://keznews.com/1916_How_to_login_to_an_expired_Windows".
Question, if I access my files after following the directions from this link, can I move my files to other drives? Please help me recover my files. I just really don't know what to do and I'm no good at computers. Do I have to buy a portable hard drive too?

Answer:Windows (Home) Expired

debbiewalker87,

That link you have is actually pretty interesting... however I can suggest doing it.

For a few reasons, the first is you have barely any windows access doing that, and it would just end up becoming very inconvenient.

Another reason is that you are using a pirated copy of windows, what this means is that you either have a illegal copy of windows, or you dont have a CDKEY for the copy you installed on your system.

The truth about legality of windows is that, if you have it on your pc you are SUPPOSED to have the CDKEY sticker somewhere on your pc.

I suggest you get a copy of windows from your local retail store.

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My laptop says that the windows activation period expired and asks me for a activation code. Well, i did a little research and found a way to see how many days remaining left for the activation. When i saw it in the control panel, it says that my windows is activated and even shows the activation key! My desktop is still black and it still prompts me that it is still not active. What should i do? Please help me.

Answer:Windows 7 activation expired

Welcome
The best thing to do is activate by phone
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
If there are any problems during this process an rep will come on the line; explain to him/her and you will be activated.

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Hi all,

I seem to have run into a problem with Windows 7 beta. Here's what I have done.

I was using Build 7000 x64 with my requested key. All was well.

I decided to try out 7048. I installed new RAM and reinstalled windows (Custom install, not upgrade) and it seemed to go well, but 7048 kept giving me "Not genuine" warnings and told me that it couldn't be activated.

I tried to go back to build 7000, but now that is telling me it can't be activated and isn't genuine either.

I wouldn't think this has anything to do with the RAM (Shouldn't be tied to the RAM, right?), but I'm not sure what went wrong. 7000 was working fine and now neither 7000 or 7048 work.

Can someone shed some light on this for me?
Thanks.
 

Answer:Windows 7 Activation Expired

Uhmmm... go to:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-download.aspx

and get a new key for the version you want (32 or 64 bit). Whip out the 7048 DVD and do a clean installation, don't input the key when requested, uncheck the box to activate when online, finish the installation, do the driver thing, when Device Manager is solid and stable and everything is covered, and when Windows Update has nothing else for you to update with...

Activate it at that time with the new key you got from the link above.

Simple.

There's no sense beating a dead horse and trying to figure out why the situation happened or occurred the way it did - it's a beta OS, things happen, so accept it and move on. You can even report this situation as feedback to Microsoft as you're like the 37th person I've seen have the same issue. Enough reports will warrant them to check into it... don't post here about it, tell Microsoft.
 

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On startup my second computer shows a message - "Your Windows License has expired. To continue using Windows please renew"
What's going on?

Answer:Windows license expired?

It is the 1st of April!

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Hi, I have an expired (not-activated) windows XP, and would like to replace it with another XP from a CD. The problem is when I boot from the CD, it loads all the drivers then says "starting windows xp" and the gives me the following screen of death:"unmountable boot volume"I guess it's trying to start up the expired xp on my hd. I need to install the new one without formatting my hd, so I was thinking of manually removing the windows directory in safe mode from the hd, but I'm afraid this would make the volume completely inaccesible and my data would be lost.Any help would be greatly appreciated,Thanks,Igor

Answer:Replace expired Windows XP

Are you asking us to help you get around paying for the software you use?

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every time i turn on my laptop, the following message appear on my screen.
THE BUILD OF WINDOWS WILL EXPIRE ON 01-10-2015.
please help me to get out of this situation. what should i do?

Answer:how to stop the build of windows from being expired?

Sounds like you are on an outdated insider build. What build are you on?

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Hello,
i tried logging into my pc its says my product key has expired. The laptop is a brown new although i gave it to someone who formatted it for me then after about 30 days it starts saying my product key ha expired.
Please how do i logging back into my pc with out buying another vista CD. And also if i down grade the pc to xp would it still work perfectly? and how do i get the drives for the vista???????????????
 

Answer:windows vista product key has expired

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I have a client using windows xp and everytime she goes to hotmail it comes up hotmail certificate expired and will not let her check her email. It does not matter which browser she is using. chrome , firefox, or IE. Any suggestions on how to fix this for her?

Answer:in windows xp - hotmail certificate expired

Check the date on the computer and make sure it is not set to the past.

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I bought an Inspiron 66 used on Craigslist with Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center. Recently, I started to get warning screens that Windows validation was about was about to expire, which it subsequently did. After many hours of searching, I was able to determine that the Windows 8.1 Pro was installed with a generic volume license key from a KMS server (thanks, craigslist). Since the validation has expired, apparently, that key no longer exists.
After many more hours of searching and being given the run around by Microsoft support technicians, I still do not have a valid key. The only clue I have is that there is a Dell Windows 7 Pro OA sticker attached to the computer case with a key. 
It looks like the latest OS approved by Dell for the Inspiron 660 is Windows 8.1. Is there anything that can be done where I can keep the Windows 8.1 Pro (the Media Center is unimportant to me)?
From what I have read, it appears that the key for the invalid Windows 8.1 Pro is embedded in the Bios and that any attempts to repair or reinstall the Windows 8.1 Pro on this computer will be tied to that expired generic key. Does anyone know if this is true and possible to overcome?
I have searched endlessly but have not found any solutions for my situation so I thought I might post here and see if anyone has a solution but I'm afraid my situation is becoming time sensitive and I can no longer sift through thousands of suggestions that don't pertain to my situation.
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Okay as stated in the title I had to use a recovery.iso via usb to get windows to boot.. here's what happened

I tried using windows disk management to shrink the windows partition to setup dual boot with Ubuntu 12.10, well that didn't turn out so well, it told me I could not shrink the partition because there was disc errors and it told me to run a chkdsk, so I did so and when it tried to boot after completing it rebooted again and ran the chkdsk again then it turned off and I couldn't get past the Samsung splash screen

so I hopped on my hp envy and found a system recovery iso and did a factory reset and now when I go to the windows 7 style desktop it says my windows license is expired

what can I do to fix this?
thank you

Answer:Windows 8 Liscense Key expired after using recovery iso

oh and I accidently deleted my 2 Samsung recovery partitions when my daughter bumped into me...

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With regards to my previous post re: mdm virus, I am thinking that it might have to do with the fact that my windows defender expired on 31/12/06.

Having contacted the person that set my pc up, I now have found out that the windows XP pro was not in fact genuine, so I am left floundering in unknown technology. This person does not have a genuine copy of windows.Is there any way of getting this without having to pay the rather exorbitant price?

Because of this, I cannot update win defender. I have searched the forum on this topic and tried many of the suggestions, but without any luck.

Is there perhaps another programme that i can use in place of Win Defender?

And does anyone think that this lack of Defender is causing all the problems mentioned in previous posts??
e.g - "cannot connect to server..." Outlook Express "can't connect to incoming POP3 error code ox80042108

Win defender error code ox800106ba .

Any and all help would be very much appreciated.

Happy New Year to you all.

Many thanks

Answer:Mdm Virus ..? Windows Defender Expired?

Outlook problemDefender ProblemThis is only a temporary solution. Without SP2 on your PC you are very much vulnarable to be infected. If defender is not working anymore, check the download links in my sig for :AVG Antivirus/Zone Alarm/AVG Anti Spyware/Spybot/Adaware and Ccleaner which gives you protection at 0 costs

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hi!i have bought a windows vista business CD and i have installed it in my system, i happened to re-install it several times on the same system and at last i had a problem because the CD key could not activate any longer. now, does it mean that i need to buy another windows vista business CD or there is a means whereby my key can be made to work or any such help. i'm stuck, please advice me on that!can i have a new key in place of the one that has expired?/Godbless

Answer:windows vista activation - key has expired

suggest ring microsoft for help?johnny.

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 I bought a ThinkPad T400 last year in US, and about now the windows prop up saying that this windows-7 is a trial version, and expired, asking me to enter the 25 chars windows product key.Where to find the key?Thanks a lot for your help.XZ

Answer:windows 7 expired for lenovo T400

 I bought a ThinkPad T400 last year in US, and about now the windows prop up saying that this windows-7 is a trial version, and expired, asking me to enter the 25 chars windows product key.Where to find the key?Thanks a lot for your help.XZ

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Hello,
Here is the situation. I installed Windows 10 and saw that my laptop to TV synchronization got slowed down making 3D gaming experience awful. Originally the sync was absolutely perfect. Consequently i reverted to Windows 8.1 only to realize the problem had followed me. I tried updating all drivers, changing HDMI cable etc. nothing worked so i ended up going back again on Windows 10 to see if after a while these issues would be resolved. Unfortunately the problem remained only this time i can't go back to Windows 8.1 again.
I naively thought that the warning message sent by Microsoft upon installing Windows 10 only concerned deleting back up files from the pc and that reinstalling the whole system from a USB or ISO was possible. Obviously i was wrong as my back up file on my USB is not recognized so i downloaded an official Windows 8.1 from the Microsoft website, burned it, and when i was about to launch it i realized that the product key was not written under my laptop. Apparently since 8.1 product keys are embedded in the BIOS so anyway i managed to get it back thanks to an app that searches for the key through your system and launched the install and the following message appears (sorry, it was in French but it roughly translate to this) : " a problem appeared, error in determining the installation choices of the installation program". I tried using the same Windows 8.1 and product key on another laptop running under Windows 7 and i don't encounter any problems, it w... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 going back to Windows 8.1 after one month trial expired?

What is "laptop to TV synchronization"? Miracast?

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I attempted to upgrade my tablet running 8.1 to Windows 10. I couldn't clear enough space for the install without wiping everything I had stored, so, as instructed, I added a media card for the update. Everything installed and went through the update, but
when it began to boot with Windows 10, it failed and immediately attempted to restore 8.1. It could not find a restore point and now will not boot windows at all.  It tells me to use a recovery disc/drive, but I do not have one and cannot make one since
it won't boot up. How can I re-install windows 8.1 (or 8 or 10) without having to acquire a new key for my tablet that is less than 1 year old?  I have an installation USB made for 10, but I don't know if it will work without having to input a key, and
honestly I am not sure if the tablet will boot from usb.

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I am attempting to do either an upgrade or clean install of Windows 7.  The HP laptop I have is currently running Windows Vista.  
The error message is:
Windows cannot copy files required for installation.  The files may be corrupt or missing.  Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation.

I bought the .ISO file from eKey Market for about $55.  

I've tried resetting the laptop to factory settings, and still get this error. 
I've made 2 different DVDs with the .ISO files on them.
I am using an external USB CD/DVD drive.
What is the problem?

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Ok July 29 th said my update was ready. Updated to windows 10 from 8.1, no problems. Havent really had any , i just thought this was strange. So I used the upgrade for a month or so and realized I really needed to do it. I love clean installs but I have this game and it updates for 2 days and I wasnt sure I could go without it for that long :p. So I read up on it a little, threw it on a flash drive and booted from it. Super easy to clean install, maybe I missed something cause I dont remember doing hardly anything but after I logged on I noticed my same wallpaper I just had up was still up so I started looking around to see what got left behind. All I could find was a couple folders in the C: drive and my user name was still there along with a new one which was the same but has _357 added to it and my gmail and MS account got spilt to 2 different accounts. Does anyone know what happened, know how to go back to my original user name and get rid of 357 and get my emails to be on the same log on account? Thanks appreciate it. Just wondering really if I should do a "real" clean install? and where I went wrong to prevent it again. THx Tilt

Answer:Specks of old windows 10 upgrade left behind after Clean install of Windows 10. Couple ?

your description is a little fuzzy, so I'm not sure how to respond to your question about your first logon experience after you think you clean installed. Your wallpaper is often shared between desktops nowadays, so that is a good thing as that service is cloud based, so that means you have network connectivity. Your user name should be what you logged in with, that is also cloud based. Again, this is a feature and the experience your describing is by design (unless I misread, if so, my apologies). If what you're saying is you now have two user accounts, then perhaps you didn't clean the drive before your clean install, which I always recommend.
If you have the opportunity do perform a real clean install, always do that. Always. The only issues I can think of with running a clean install is with drivers and apps. Drivers can be mitigated by going to the manufacturer's website and installing the missing drivers. And with apps, just make a list of what you're missing and install after your clean install.

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I just got a new SSD for my laptop. And I need an OS for it. And I was wondering if I can get a USB stick. Download windows 7 ISO on it. Buy a serial key, then upgrade to windows 10? If I can do that can someone please give me a walkthrough on how? I really need my laptop to be usable soon. Thanks!

Answer:Can I buy a Key for windows 7, install the ISO, then upgrade to 10?

That brings up many questions, like: what OS was on the laptop before? Did the HD fail so that you couldn't clone the drive onto the new SSD, or do you simply lack the hardware to do that?

The simplest thing to do would be to buy a Win 10 license from the Microsoft Store, and install using that. There may be cheaper legitimate ways of acquiring 7, but I'm not familiar.

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Hi,I recently needed to carry out a re-format  of my hard disk and a clean install of the Windows 8 software (Windows 8 Pro 64bit). After installing all the Windows 8 updates and checking the current updated drivers with HP Assistant, the software still does not upgrade. The free Windows 8.1 upgrade was downloaded from the Microsoft Store and installed automatically. It then completed configuration as expected but after about an hour the screen went blank except for the mouse arrow still being visible. There appeared to be continued hard disk activity so I waited but after over six hours the upgrade did not appear to be any further on and so I was forced to abandon the upgrade.This is frustrating as I have now tried this process again and am still no further forward and need to get this resolved. Any ideas?

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I had some serious problems on my computer a couple months back and in a moment of desperation, I reinstalled windows using my Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade disk. The original OS on the computer was Win98. This install was successful AND I didn't lose my data.

Things went smooth for a couple of months until all of a sudden I had problems similar to the ones that prompted the earlier reinstall. Since the reinstall was successful, I tried to do it again. This time, however, when the install goes into the "checking disk" phase, it gets stuck at 24%. This is the same spot where the computer would stall on a scan disk and I would usually skip this step.

I am now stuck. I don't know what to do to get my computer running again. I know the data is still on my machine and I really, REALLY don't want to lose it. Can you tell me how to get my computer running again and hopefully not lose the data?

Answer:Can't install windows using upgrade

What were the issues that promtped you to do the Repair Install in the first place?

Make sure the cd is clean.........

You may want to place the drive in another computer as a slaved drive and copy you important info you want to keep, then format the drive and do a clean install. When the install asks for a previous O.S. just place the Win98 back in the cd drive then continue

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plain and simple. if i get an SSD, do i HAVE to reinstall windows 7? or is there a way i can just plug it in, and change which hard drive is the boot drive and C:?

how difficult and painful will it be? i just really don't want to have to re-do all my settings and personal preferences.

Answer:can i upgrade to SSD and not re-install windows?

Have a look at this excellent tutorial by whs: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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hi, i just purchased Vista Ultimate Upgrade and i did the Vista on Vista install trick, and it left a copy of the first Vista still on the harddrive because i didnt have the option to reformat.

So i basically have a Secondary Boot option, and i don't want that. Also, is there any way to have a fresh install?

Or, can i delete the old install, or will i have to edit the "boot.ini" file?
 

Answer:2nd Install of Windows with Upgrade

Did you start the second install from WITHIN the initial install? And did you NOT enter your cd key during the first install.....?

You can use bcedit.exe to setup your startup options, kind of like you used to edit the boot.ini, but that won't delete the original install.
 

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I have had some problems with my desktop since installing the windows 8 upgrade.
(See http://www.eightforums.com/general-d...t-opening.html)
So I decided to do a refresh and after that it refused to load into windows 8.
So to cut I long story short I decided to do a reset but that went exactly the same.
It goes through all the procedure and then does nothing.
After numerous fruitless attempts I decided to format the disk and reinstall windows 7 pro and try again.
It goes through all the normal install. restarting a few times and saying installing devices. It then restarts and comes up with the windows 8 windows logo and moving balls. The screen then goes blank with some intermittent hard drive activity. And there it stays for however long you leave it!!
If you restart the computer it comes up with a message stating that the windows 8 installation had been unsuccessful and it would revert to the prevous version of windows (Windows 7).
Windows 7 pro is then reconfigured and I am back to square one.
I have tried different installation disks as I have successfully upgraded two laptops with no problems. the disks are from the download iso.
Has anyone any suggestions?

Thank you

Answer:Windows 8 upgrade will not install

Have you attempted reformatting the HDD with your win 7 disk? Are you running more than one HDD? If yes there is a possibility that the MBS is on the disc you haven't reformatted. Also, did the computer come with a recovery sector, if so that could be the problem. Just attempting to give you some ideas because it looks as though you have a good idea what your doing. . .good luck.

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I would like to install the windows 10 upgrade on a different hard drive is that possible? I just got a new SD and would like to install the upgrade on their. With win 7 on my old HD.

Answer:Can you install the Windows 10 upgrade on a different HD?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question I would like to install the windows 10 upgrade on a different hard drive is that possible? I just got a new SD and would like to install the upgrade on their. With win 7 on my old HD. if it's the same pc, I don't think so
If you need additional help or have more questions or details to share, please join the site so you can reply in this thread. See this link for instructions on how to join Windows Central.

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Hi guys,

I have purchased and downloaded windows 7 professional upgrade online on my laptop. recently, I have built a new pc, but didn't install an OS yet.

I would like to know how to install that windows 7 upgrade version on it?

Thanks for the help in advance
 

Answer:Install Windows 7 upgrade on a PC with no OS

Since it is not available for another week or so, how did you purchase the upgrade?

If it is an oem type and not a retail version of windows, you are limited to the original hardware ie what hardware the original os came on.
 

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I just got a new SSD for my laptop. And I need an OS for it. And I was wondering if I can get a USB stick. Download windows 7 ISO on it. Buy a serial key, then upgrade to windows 10? If I can do that can someone please give me a walkthrough on how? I really need my laptop to be usable soon. Thanks!

Answer:Can I buy a Key for windows 7, install the ISO, then upgrade to 10?

That brings up many questions, like: what OS was on the laptop before? Did the HD fail so that you couldn't clone the drive onto the new SSD, or do you simply lack the hardware to do that?

The simplest thing to do would be to buy a Win 10 license from the Microsoft Store, and install using that. There may be cheaper legitimate ways of acquiring 7, but I'm not familiar.

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ive got windows 8.1 and cant get windows 10 to install on it,when i click on the update and just hangs on checking for updates and wont install anything.
i also tried making an install disk off the mircosoft website and the same thing just happens when it checks for updates or what ever it does it just hangs and does nothing.
ive tried leaving it running overnight but it just wont update to windows 10.
 

Answer:Cant install windows 10 upgrade

Try using Windows Update for your 8.1 first, then reboot and do it again, repeat until no more updates are available. Then try installing 10 again.
 

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I got a customer asking me whether or not he can do an upgrade install with an OEM copy of MS WIndows Xp Pro.
Upgrade install meaning that the computer all ready has a copy of Win 98 or Win 2k, and the end user is too lazy to format CD and start from scratch.

Like I have done upgrade installs from using the following :-
* MS Windows Xp Pro (Retail)
* MS Windows Xp Pro Upgrade (Duh...!!!)
* MS Windows Xp Pro Corp
* MS Windows Xp Pro (Company MS Action Pack Subscription)

But I have never done upgrade install from an MS Windows OEM CD.

Now I know that according the the MS EULA, it should not be possible. But I am asking whether it physically possible or not. EI, you get a little message saying that "You can not install here as there is an operating system all ready installed on the hard drive. Please purchase MS Windows XP Pro Upgrade.


Also while I am on the subject (and I think this is what my customer is trying to do), if I get some one buying a notebook with Windows Xp Home (Ie, Compaq Persario that comes standard with Xp Home), but he really want Windows Xp Pro this notebook. Can i use the Windows XP Pro (OEM) to upgrade the computer from XP Home to XP Pro.

Answer:Can we do an upgrade install with Windows Xp Pro (OEM)

XP is designed to upgrade over Win98, Win8SE and WinME although I'm not sure about 2000 or even XP Pro over Home, or XP version 2002 over 2001, but I think you can replace OS's by putting XP in their directory
the upgrade CD will look for Windows 98, Win98SE or WinME on the hard drive, and if one is not found will ask you for a 98... cbf typing them OS CD

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We currently have computers running Windows 2000. We would like to install Windows XP Professional on them. Is it cheaper to upgrade, but I have heard that you sometimes run into problems. What do you recommend? Also, if upgrading I see Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Profession w/SP2. Which do I get?
 

Answer:Upgrade or New Install of Windows XP

If you must upgrade, I would suggest XP Pro with SP1. None of this SP2 garbage. Yuck.

Windows 2K is better than XP for networking, IMHO.
 

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Answer:want to install upgrade to windows xp

I'm not clear if you're planning on upgrading to xp or from xp? The only real upgrade from xp is to vista and can then be further upgraded to windows 7...works, but costly buying Vista for the layover. There is no upgrade from xp to windows 7. Data can be saved and restored, but no upgrade, programs are usually gone unless you have the installation files. Similarly there was an actual "upgrade version of xp" that you buy to upgrade from windows 98' though I don't know how available that version is anymore. In many cases you save the data, install the new operating system, and move forward....much like life going backwards usually isn't a good idea.

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Ever since I have installed Windows 10 from a Windows 7 32bit machine, the BIOS screen is much slower to show the Windows logo on bootup. I would say it is at least a min of 3 minutes!! I have tried a few settings in BIOS, secure boot and UEFI, but this has made no difference at all. The machine is an ASUS M11 desktop with an Intel i5. Any thoughts or tips would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. 

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windows starts to copy files then error windows had a problem communicating with device unexpected I/o error

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I have tried to repair upgrade windows 7 with SP1 using an ISO which I got from Digital River.

At the compatability checking stage I get an error message:

The Following issues are preventing Windows from upgrading:
An error prevents a required compliance from completing. Cancel installation and try upgrading again.

I cannot uninstall SP1 as I have used Disc cleaner since.

I have done a scan and there were some files which could not be repaired but I don't understand the log file.

Any help appreciated, thanks

Answer:Upgrade install windows 7 with SP1

Suggest you create a new installation disc using the slowest burn speed you can. It's possible the first disc you made got corrupted or damaged during the burn. Once you have the new disc, go through this tutorial and make sure all steps are followed. Pay particular attention to the warnings and tips. (A Repair Install is also known as an in-place upgrade install.)

Repair Install

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If you installed the Windows 8.1 preview build and have not upgraded to 8.1 RTM you may notice that your machine is rebooting itself every 2 hours and you should also be getting the following notification when you login. Source. What?s next: Either Upgrade or Downgrade?

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I wanted to know about windows activation of Windows 7 premium.
I am frequently getting a message to activate it,and it requires a 'product key'.I do not have this. I installed Windows 7 home premium from a person who knows all this in my town.Now I am getting a message that your "Your activation period has expired". So now what action should I take?
Sir please let me know more about this stuff.
Thanks in advance

Answer:Your activation period has expired: Message on Windows 7

You will have to activate Windows 7.
See How to activate Windows 8 | 7

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My L500 19X had Windows 7 trial which has now expired. Any problems re-loading with XP Pro which I prefer?

Answer:Satellite L500-19X - Windows 7 trial now expired

Hi,

Go to the Toshiba driver page and check if the drivers for Windows xp are avalaible:

http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/download_drivers_bios.jsp

Talking about Windows trial, you can activate it buying the serial number.

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As the title says I've had a Windows 7 RC on my laptop for the period I'm allowed. Since I haven't been using it a lot lately I first recently noticed how it was going to expire. So I thought I would back up my files and data which I was working on doing yesterday. Although at a time I rebooted the laptop. - no specific reason - and after the boot screen it pretty much just goes black, the Windows loading screen doesn't even show.

I really couldn't believe this was what would happen after the expiration date. So I read a bit about it and figured out that after the expiration date, it wont save any work you do and it'll reboot every second hour. This I thought sounded more likely to what would happen, but that also means I have no idea why it would go to a black screen like that.

I checked if it might be overheated, but it didn't feel warmer than usually, but I've had it turned on for about 12 hours and turned it on not to long ago, left it turned on to see if it was in some sort of loading phase, but it's been about 3 hours now. It wasn't plugged in to any monitor so the screen resolution should be the same. I doubt it's the graphic card since I can see the boot screen with the product logo and all. I tried pressing f5 to get into more options, I get two options of using a diagnostic tool or booting in Windows. It also says to get more advanced options about booting in Windows I can press f8, but when I do that it cont... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 RC expired. Black Screen on boot.

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I have build 14905, and have it set to fast, today was the 1st day in over a month it allowed me to even log in to check that would always get error 0x801901f4.

but the build expired yesterday and is constantly rebooting every few hours now

clean install isnt really and option.
can i do an inplace upgrade to the LTSB or non eval?

Answer:Windows 10 Preview 14905 -expired -on fast

Is it licensed?

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I bought the Vaio Tap around a month and a half ago and my 30 day installation of Kaspersky internet security has expired. I want to turn on Windows Defender now and I tried, but then it said something along the lines of checking my other apps update. I tried to uninstall Kaspersky but it won't let me. It says it first needs to be installed, which it already is. Anyways, I uploaded a screen pic so you can understand what I mean. How do I completely get rid of Kaspersky so I can turn on Windows 8?

Answer:KasperSky Expired, Need Help Turning On Windows Defender

Use a removal tool:
http://support.kaspersky.com/common/...e.aspx?el=1464

After that, maybe a restart, then you can try to enable Defender or it will be suggested by the system automatically.
Also, Windows Firewall will need to be enabled.

Good luck.

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OK, I have Windows 7 OEM Version and want to upgrade to Windows 10 After I get Windows 10 Activated through the upgrade can I...

Clean install Windows 7 (with Original 7 key) and clean install Windows 10 (should automatically activate) to have a dual boot? Or is Microsoft going to block my activation saying you can't have both 7 and 10?

1 more question related to this too.

I have a different computer that has a OEM-Builders edition of Windows 7. I don't want Windows 10 on it right now as the software I need to run will not run on it but...

I want to upgrade to Windows 10 just to get the free upgrade and activate then revert back to Windows 7.

Later on down the road a year or so can I install Windows 10 with no problems activating it?

Thanks

Answer:Windows 7, upgrade to Windows 10 then clean install dual boot

Michaelrj9 said:

Or is Microsoft going to block my activation saying you can't have both 7 and 10?



No. I have installed a dual boot system with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.







Michaelrj9 said:

Later on down the road a year or so can I install Windows 10 with no problems activating it?



Yes.

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Specifically will the change to Windows 10 save all registry entries and installed programs or wipe the registry clean like a fresh install of Windiows 8?

Answer:Is Windows 10 going to be an upgrade or fresh install of new OS?

It will be an upgrade, leaving things as they were- best case scenario.
HOWEVER there's no guarantee a piece of furniture won't be moved around or a picture frame won't be askew. Make a backup.

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The question is, can I delete it?? A bit over 10 gigs of waste if it's not needed.  This was an UPGRADE from Vista install. Was done 12/07/09..... all is well, Windows 7 is great!! Kind of forgot about it, until doing system scans, and saw it scanning all the .old stuff....So, since it's run for 6 months now, is it deletable?? Or are there "used" parts the system needs from there?? I know nothing about the needs/use of the .old backup, once the install is completed. Is it there in case of the install failing or what???Thanks in advance....

Answer:Windows.old file in Win 7 upgrade install...

Quote from: Hankster58 on June 21, 2010, 08:05:05 PMIs it there in case of the install failing ...Yes.  You can safely delete it now. Reference: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/How-do-I-remove-the-Windows-old-folder

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Microsoft has confirmed that users who free-upgrade their Windows 8 or Windows 7 to Windows 10, will later on be able to format and clean-install Windows 10 on the same device.
Gabriel Aul, of the Windows Insider program, tweeted:

Once you upgrade W10 w/ the free upgrade offer you will able to clean reinstall Windows 10 on same device any time.

The key words are on the same device only!

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I have the windows 7 64-bit upgrade media and will be doing a clean install, but a little unclear on the steps.

When I did this with vista upgrade, I had to do a "custom" (clean) install, not enter the key during setup, and then immediately start an upgrade from the same dvd once booted into vista - i'm sure you guys know that drill.

Is it the same with Win7? I have a Vista business 32-bit upgrade dvd and going to Win 7 64-bit Professional. Will it be the same double-install approach as before, or do you know if you can show proof of the existing OS with the vista dvd during setup to avoid installing twice?

Answer:Windows 7 clean install with upgrade dvd

Hi,

Have you formatted your hard drive already (that is, do you no longer have your Windows partition on your hard drive)?

If so, then check out the following articles for instructions on how to perform a clean install with Windows 7 upgrade media:

Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
SuperSite for Windows: Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media
Clean Install Windows 7 With Upgrade Media and Product Key on Formatted or Empty Blank Hard Drive My Digital Life

Note: Your current system and license must be eligible for Windows 7 upgrade in order for it to be legal.

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The Stand alone windows Update Installer will not complete even after hours of letting it cook.

Any ideas?:confused
 

Answer:IE 10 upgrade cannot install Windows Updates

I don't understand what you are try to do. You are using IE10 to run Windows Update / Microsoft Update?

IE10 only runs on Windows 7 & 8; Windows Update on 7/8 is performed via Control Panel only.

If I misunderstood your issue, please clarify.
 

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I am trying to upgrade from vista ultimate 32bit to windows 7 32bit but every time I try to install the upgrade I get as far as 'checking compatibility' (when the loading thingy is traveling back and forth) then the screen just dissapears and goes back to the start. Moreover, the windows upgrade advisor doesn't work for me either which is weird..

Answer:Windows 7 won't install (upgrade mode)

is the windows 7 an ultimate version?, you can only upgrade same versions.

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I am trying to upgrade from vista ultimate 32bit to windows 7 32bit but every time I try to install the upgrade I get as far as 'checking compatibility' (when the loading thingy is traveling back and forth) then the screen just dissapears and goes back to the start. Moreover, the windows upgrade advisor doesn't work for me either which is weird..

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Would it be best to upgrade current devices to Windows 10 or the install fresh images.
Can anyone list any pitfalls or unforeseen consequences?

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Sorry if if this was answered.

This question is for a friend, but honestly I don't the exact answer myself.

Windows vista, upgrade to 7, now upgraded to Windows 8 using Windows 8 upgrade DVD, keeping his software and files. Friend does not feel system is working as it should so wants to try a clean installation of Windows 8.

Does he have to load Windows vista or 7 again, so he can try a Windows 8 custom install to wipe out drive and get clean install?

Would the Windows 8 reset new option help him?

Thank you for the help.

Answer:Clean Install of Windows 8 again on an upgrade.

Hello Techy,

Resetting Windows 8 is just about the same as a clean install. I'd say give that a try first. The Windows 8 installation DVD will need to be inserted since it will be needed to do the reset with.

Your friend could also do a traditional clean install with the Windows 8 upgrade anytime as well.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi,
I'm trying to install Windows 8 Pro on a laptop running 7. As the laptop was recently bought it was eligible for a upgrade for £14.99. I have gone through the compatibility checker and paid for the upgrade. Have got the email from Microsoft along with download link and product code/number.
I have completed the download through the Win8 installer, and I now have options to 'install now' 'install by creating media' or 'install from desktop later'. Whenever I do install now - it 'failed to utilise startup folder' then 'can't find install.exe'
I have also tried burning the ISO image to a DVD and running the installer from the disc - I don't get the 'cant find install.exe' but it still fails to utilise startup folder and then closes.
I have read numerous other posts online with the same problem. I have unistalled my anti virus, and disabled windows firewall - but yet the problem remains, help please!
Cheers

Answer:Windows 8 &pound;14.99 upgrade won't install

Yes using the same version as my system, the upgrade assistant should sort that. I Have tried clean install also, that was my first option. I have also tried Microsoft support, and telephone support - they were about as much use as a chocolate kettle! There is only 1 hard-drive on this laptop.
The frustrating thing is that the upgrade assistant said the upgrade was compatible, so it lead me to believe it didn't download properly - I've re-done it a bunch of times and still no luck. It just won't work & I hate being ripped off.

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So I haven't tried it officially on a new HDD, but I did try it over a new Install of Release Preview and it worked great!

Background: I completely wiped my HD and had no install disk, recovery, nothing. I had to go on my Windows 7 and download a legit copy of Windows Pro 8 Upgrade. I had it on a USB drive and no matter what I did, I kept on getting an Error right after hitting "Install" stating that the product key installed is invalid, something along those lines, etc...

After all week and many lost nights, I finally found the solution. Granted I did do this install over a freshly installed Release Preview, but I am sure it will work on a new HD.

Once you create the Bootable USB drive from the Windows 8 Upgrade, just add this file "ei.cfg" to the \Sources folder and you should be able to install without the key error.

The file is in a .txt format so I could upload it, but just change the .txt to .cfg and it should be an actual file, not a text file.

IMPORTANT: You will need a VALID KEY once it is installed to even log into the machine. Let me know if this works or not.

Answer:**FIX** Install Windows 8 Pro UPGRADE to clean HDD

Hello Metamorphic,

No need to go through all that, and violating the EULA by tampering with a system file and activation like that.

Instead, you could just as easily use the method below to legally do a clean install with a Windows 8 upgrade, and have it activated afterwards.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

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I had a licensed windows 7 PC and did the in-place upgrade to windows 10. However my main hard drive (an SSD) is too small and I want to upgrade it. I understand that if I do a clean install (from an ISO/USB) then windows 10 should still recognise my PC as it was activated.
However, if I change the hard drive (or add memory, add a graphics card etc) does windows still recognise my PC or do I have to go through the stupidty of installing windows 7, installing the service pack, waiting for the inplace upgrade to windows 10, activating, and then wiping everything in order to do a clean install!?!?!

Answer:How can I do a clean Windows 10 install after pc upgrade?

Originally Posted by fshrago I had a licensed windows 7 PC and did the in-place upgrade to windows 10. However my main hard drive (an SSD) is too small and I want to upgrade it. I understand that if I do a clean install (from an ISO/USB) then windows 10 should still recognise my PC as it was activated.
However, if I change the hard drive (or add memory, add a graphics card etc) does windows still recognise my PC or do I have to go through the stupidty of installing windows 7, installing the service pack, waiting for the inplace upgrade to windows 10, activating, and then wiping everything in order to do a clean install!?!?! It did for me.
Upgrade install in existing HDD; Clean install on new SSD. Windows activated no problem.
Your mileage may vary -- this is how it's supposed to work, and it did for me. Now if you swap a motherboard, or upgrade a processor it may not -- haven't ween the particulars of what you're allowed to upgrade, and what you can't.

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Hello,  I have decided to upgrade my harddrive to the OCZ Octane S2 SSD in my x120e. Before the upgrade, I have created a USB Recovery Disk off of the stock harddrive.  However, I failed to re-install Windows and Lenovo's factory setting using this Recovery Disk in the new SSD. The system booted with "System Recovery Options" which has given me two options: 1. "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. If your operating system isn't listed, click Load Drivers then install drivers for your hard disks." There are no partition for me, and after I click Load Drivers, no further options are provided 2. "Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier." It appears that this Recovery Disk that I have created earlier had lead me to a dead end with both of the options. What should I do? Please help.. Thank you in advanced.

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Hi,
First post here and I'd like to ask forgiveness if this has been discussed before, it's just that none of the discussions I've read helped in this case.

So, I had perfectly working Windows 7 Ultimate x64 install on my system this morning. Today I upgraded my machine to following setup:
Mobo: Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H
CPU: Intel I5-3570K
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 660
Drives: 1 SSD and 3 spinners + DVD-RW, all on SATA
BIOS version: F11

Trying to boot from the SSD where my current Windows installation resides I either get straight to bluescreen and instant reboot. If going to the repair option after this crash Windows boots to it just fine, but can't solve my startup woes. I can post details later if needed.
I ran chkdsk from the prompt and it only said that some of the non-allocated space was marked as allocated but was now repaired. The DOS-prompt has no problems seeing the disks or accessing them.

Now this gets just stupid.

Trying to re-install Windows 7 from the very same USB-stick I've used before I can only get as far as Windows asking to locate CD/DVD drivers. Tried Gigabyte's provided DVD but nothing works, tried searching Windows install disk directories, but no. Whatever I choose the installer always says it can't find devices.

Seems like a driver issue to me, but how to resolve it? It just occurred to e that the Windows stick I have is pre-SP1 so maybe it probably doesn't have the drivers for my hardware, but why don't the Gigabyte DVD ones work ei... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 won't start up or install after upgrade

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Today I upgraded my machine to following setup:


From what?

If from a Non-uEFI BIOS to a uEFI BIOS.

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
or
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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Hi! In short, I have this problem. I upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 8 on my old hard disk, but now I bought a new shiny SSD and I want to do a fresh clean install there, because I have some problems that I think I can only resolve with a fresh installation. I thought it was simple, but... how do I do it? I don't have any ISO, because I did the installation with the program that Microsoft made me download (Upgrade assistant or something like that).
 

Answer:Install Windows 8 on a new SSD from an upgrade version

Read this.
 

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hi there,
i recently purchased windows 7 profesional and are installing with the upgrade media howerver before i install windows 7 i was wondering if it would be possiable for me to fully format my harddrive. i know there is quick format but i prefer to do full format.

is there an option for this when you start the windows 7 installation disk?

if it helps i currently dont have any operating system on as a virus wiped the old one.

thanks for all your help,
james

Answer:windows 7 profesional upgrade install from cd.

Follow the tutorial : SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

It will format the entire hard disk.

But if you follow the method Clean Install Windows 7, in step 8, if you delete all the partitions and the create the partitions as fresh, the result will be the same.

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hi, after i upgraded the laptop with a new ssd intel 540 i am unable to setup any windows via usb boot flash drive. Win 10 stucks at the beginning on the logo. Win 7 is looping after "setup is copying files", but these at the beginning. Win XP is also stucking. Tried to test the disk via bios -it is ok, this means it is recognized.The bios is the last version. Do you have any idea?

Answer:dv6 3121nr cannot install windows after ssd upgrade

@llelloo Don't clearly understand what you're trying to do ... You appear to have Win7 on the DV6 laptop now, and my guess is that you want to migrate it to an SSD -- for better performance.  If that is right, do it the easy way ... First, use Disk Management to shrink the OS partition down enough so that the combination of all the partitions will fit onto your SSD. Second, follow these directions to clone the contents of the HDD to the SSD:  1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)2) Connect the new drive to the PC using a USB-to-Hard-Drive drive adapter3) Follow the instructions in this link: http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/display/KNOW/Cloning+a+disk4) Shutdown the PC when done Third, when done, swap the SSD for the HDD and reboot. You should boot from the new drive without any problems.Good Luck

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alright so i have a HP HDX16t, and i had vista x64 .. i recently upgraded to windows 7 from vista and i was experiencing a lot of problems so i decided to do a clean install ..

i popped in my windows 7 upgrade CD [didn't boot from CD] and just went through with the installation and clicked custom to do a clean reinstall. i kind of just felt like taking a chance because from what i read, in order to do a clean reinstall after you already upgraded, everything i was reading said that i would have to go back to Vista using the recovery disc, and then do another installation of windows 7 clean.

but so far everything seems to be running fine, so basically what im asking is are there any complications that may arise because of me just doing a clean install straight from an upgrade??

Also, for anyone with HP, how might i go about getting HP mediasmart back?

Answer:HP windows 7 upgrade -> CLEAN install

When you ran the DVD it saw an OS and that was all that is needed to accept Upgrade version key without a workaround.

Check your HP Support Downloads page for your model for any missing drivers or apps. Google if necc.

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Like many other users, I have purchased the Windows 8 Pro upgrade through the windows upgrade offer and received it for 15$. Once you have the installation media (dvd iso or usb) you can then proceed to do a fresh install. Once you have it installed on new equipment you may have noticed that you cannot activate windows this way by doing a fresh install. But here's the workaround:
Open regedit by pressing Windows-q, entering regedit and selecting the result from the list of hits.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/
Change MediaBootInstall from 1 to 0
Go back to the start screen and enter cmd there.
Right-click Command Prompt and select to run it as administrator.
Type slmgr /rearm on the command line and hit enter.
Reboot Windows now.
Run the activation utility afterwards, enter your product key to activate Windows.

oops didn't know there was already a thread on this; however, it'll be like a bump for good measure
 

Answer:Windows 8 Upgrade Clean Install

I had no problem with a full, clean install from the $15 upgrade.. No workarounds needed
 

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Ok, I'm ready to try windows 8, but should I upgrade over windows 7 or go for a clean install?
I know a clean install is usually...cleaner. But it would be nice to not have to re-install all my applications... It would be real nice

Has anyone upgraded from windows 7 keeping all their applications etc in place successfully and without incident?
 

Answer:Windows 8 Upgrade vs Clean install

Check out www.ninite.com, a lot of you apps maybe available for the batch install.
 

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