RTM, RC Activation Confusion -- Can't activate Windows??

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Mucker, May 19, 2010.

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  1. Mucker

    Mucker MDL Novice

    May 18, 2010
    I have read all the info on this forum about how to activate windows seven using the slic 2.1 method. I have upgraded my DELL BIOS.
    I only got interested in this however AFTER I had already installed Windows 7 on my PC and couldn't activate it.
    I found I had Windows 7 Professional so I got my hands on Windows 7 Ultimate and did a fresh re-install after first updating my BIOS.
    I then ran the command to import the DELL certificate and change the product key. both came back successful. When I rebooted it still says it needs activating.

    My questions are:
    1. I downloaded my copy of Windows 7 not through this site and I can't tell whether it is RTM or RC. I understand the RTM version is needed. It says on the setup.exe it is build 6.1.7068. Is this RTM or RC?

    2. For my own curiousosity if I were to go out and buy a copy of Windows 7 in a shop this would be a Retail Copy. I though this is what RC meant but now I understand it is Release Candidate. If I bought from a shop would it be RC or RTM?

    3. The links to download Windows 7 on the "Windows 7 Repositry post" doesn't say whether they are RTM or RC versions, which are they? this may be obvious but because I don't understand the difference between RC or RTM yet, it isn't to me.

    thanks in advance,
  2. Mucker

    Mucker MDL Novice

    May 18, 2010
    #2 Mucker, May 19, 2010
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
    thanks canouna. So is RC basically a beta version? Is there a way I can tell I have an RC version?

    And because my build is 7068 and not 7600 this is why it won't activate?

  3. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

    Jun 23, 2007
  4. urie

    urie Moderator
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    May 21, 2007
    #4 urie, May 19, 2010
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
    Open up CMD window and type ver that will give you build number but version 6.1 (build 7068) is RC version. see below