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Activating clean install of Windows 7 upgrade - Lost E-mail with product key

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Hornzog, May 29, 2010.

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  1. Hornzog

    Hornzog Thread Starter

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    Hi guys, so after my girlfriend dropping my laptop, everything was wiped and the hard drive rendered unusable. I bought a new hard drive and installed Windows 7 using an *upgrade* disc that was purchased not for this laptop but for another desktop within the household, therefore the product key would not be valid for this installation.

    Originally, before the drop, I had bought and downloaded Windows 7 version online, so the product key was emailed to me. That email account is no longer available as I bought it through the student deal (and am now no longer a student so i cant access the college email).

    Any ideas what i should do? I have used keyfinders to locate my product key but the key provided does not work. I have also tried method 2 on this website: http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/clean_install_upgrade_media.asp but to no avail.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. prunejuice

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    This is a requirement for downloading and using .edu distributed Microsoft discounted software.
     
  3. Hornzog

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    What so just because I finished college, my version of Windows becomes invalid? That seems ridiculous.

    Besides, I will be a student again in a few months time when I start my university course.
     
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  5. Hornzog

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    So.. my only option now is to buy a brand new full version of Windows 7? Seeing as it's not an upgrade it's a clean install this time.

    I don't intend to be doing anything illegal here, seems a rather elaborate/expensive consequence of losing a product key does it not?
     
  6. prunejuice

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    No, it's a consequence of you not being an enrolled student any more.

    I'd either wait, or buy the full retail package.

    BTW, a backup would have the recommendation before your hard disk malfunctioned.
     
  7. DoubleHelix

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    You certainly can continue to use software you purchased as a student, but the problem is that you didn't bother to save the key and the download in a safe place. Now you cannot access the key, so you can't use it (obviously). It's not a licensing issue. It's a mismanagement of software and keys issue.
     
  8. prunejuice

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    Yeah I didn't mean to imply the OP couldn't use his copy after leaving school, only that he couldn't get another copy now.
     
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    No one can get another copy now since the program ended.
     
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