Upgrading from Vista Home Premium x86 to Windows 7 Professional x86

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  1. thals1992

    thals1992 MDL Novice

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    So, I tried to upgrade from HP OEM Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro MSDN and it said that I couldn't upgrade from those. So I ended up upgrading with the blank key to Win7HomePremium and I tried to use the anytime upgrade from Win7HomePremium to Pro and it veryfies they key, asks me to accept the terms agreement and it takes me to the upgrade screen and then says starting upgrade, your computer will restart then gives the "Enter a different upgrade key" I've tried just installing my key from MSDNAA, into slmgr, but it gives me an error as well. Help please?
     
  2. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    Just use Windows Loader. This will solve any activation problem you are having my friend.
     
  3. thals1992

    thals1992 MDL Novice

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    I'd rather not. Its a work machine I'm setting up.
     
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    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    Work machine or not, if you have SLIC 2.1, it will insert your cert and serial. it will also tell you if you need the loader or not by telling you if you have SLIC 2.1 or not.
     
  5. thals1992

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    Again, I'd rather not. If you've looked, you would see that I had produced a bios mod updating the slic on an acer aspire from 2.0 to 2.1 a while ago. I have a reason to use the msdn key as I have paid for it.
     
  6. anarchist9027

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    Well then that is your decision to not take advantage of the SLIC. If you have an MSDN key, it should work. Do a clean install with a retail windows 7 Professional ISO, and activate it with your key
     
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    #7 thals1992, Oct 12, 2012
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    Well, the reason I posted is because it would not let me upgrade that way. I'm just wondering if I did something wrong in the installation process or if it had to do with the ei.cfg file
     
  8. anarchist9027

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    Thats strange though, usually the anytime upgrade works every time with any type of key. Slmgr wouldn't work if you wanted to upgrade to a newer version anyway because it is tied to that version of Windows you have installed.
     
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    #9 thals1992, Oct 12, 2012
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    This case is peculiar, because it would let me past validating key screen and then I'd press the upgrade button then it acts like its upgrading for ~15 seconds then asks me to pick a different key.
     
  10. anarchist9027

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    I've got to say i'm stumped :confused:
     
  11. thals1992

    thals1992 MDL Novice

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    Is it because no Win7 Home Premium key was entered during the upgrade? I could use the oem key from underneath another laptop, then try the upgrade.
     
  12. anarchist9027

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    Not entering a key at setup shouldn't affect your upgrade to a newer edition of Windows 7. If you want to try using your COA key and then the upgrade, why not. Hopefully it will work.
     
  13. thals1992

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    VNC remote access on that machine is down. I'll find something out tomorrow evening, unless someone who knows replies here before then.
     
  14. anarchist9027

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    Alrighty, hopefully you get this figured out man
     
  15. Kouryu

    Kouryu MDL Senior Member

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    has it occurred to you that you can cheat a little?
    do it like james t kirk does... cheat!

    what you can do is, install windows loader and have it activate your 7 home premium
    then use the OEM SLIC pro key to do anytime upgrade to pro

    then UNINSTALL windows loader and OEM SLIC product key
    then use "install" your MSDN key and activate

    end result? you're still using your MSDN key and you aren't using a loader in any way... using the loader was to just help you get your windows upgraded to pro, nothing more
     
  16. urie

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    Have you removed your HP OEM Vista Home Premium OEM:SLP key ?
     
  17. thals1992

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    #17 thals1992, Oct 12, 2012
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    Well, it seems that I am in the RETAIL channel

    slmgr.jpg

    Anyways, I have ran the psr utility for ease of understanding what it was doing...
     
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    #18 thals1992, Oct 12, 2012
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    Finally got to upload. Stupid thing saves as a mhtml in a zip. Had to convert to 7z to upload -__-
     

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  19. Kouryu

    Kouryu MDL Senior Member

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    more the reason he should cheat in the method I suggested if he doesn't want to do a clean install ;)