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How to Make Windows 7 Upgrade a Full Install

Posted by David  •  Oct 25th, 2009 4:57:04 am - Subscribe | Mood: good | Music: No Music

Explain on how to create a complete walkthrough on how to make Windows 7 Upgrade a full install. Paul Thurott and a friend over at the SuperSite Blog have worked out how to perform a clean Windows 7 install using the upgrade disc. Come again?

That's right: save $80 and buy the Windows 7 Upgrade disc, because you can use it to perform a clean, full-featured installation.

How to Make Windows 7 Upgrade a Full Install

  1. Perform a clean installation using the Upgrade disc -- this should work without a hitch.
  2. Make sure there are no Windows Updates pending -- if there's an orange shield icon next to the Shutdown button in the Start Menu, that means you need to reboot before attempting the next steps.
  3. Open 'regedit.exe' from the Start Menu -- just type it in there, where it says: Search programs and files. Accept the User Account Control dialogue that pops up to give yourself Windows 7 superpowers.
  4. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/
  5. Change MediaBootInstall from '1' to '0'
  6. Open the Start Menu again and type 'cmd' -- use ctrl+shift+enter to run it as an elevated-permissions user
  7. Finally, type slmgr /rearm -- and press enter.

Your computer will now reboot and run the Activate Windows utility. Type in your product key and you should be good to go.

Comments 2  •  Oct 25th, 2009 4:57:04 am - Subscribe  •  Tweet this entry | Post a comment


anonymous Says:
January 14th, 2010



david Says:
January 14th, 2010

Not a problem, hope this helps.

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