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Topic # 185649 30-Nov-2015 17:19
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Ok hard drive died in SWMBOs computer, the machine was running windows 7 when we got it, it had been upgraded  from Vista apparently, as thats the only COA I can find on the case, I am wondering if I try to reinstall vista on a new drive will it recognise that its has been upgraded and tell me to get 7.

Long story short, I would prefer 7(and upgrade to 10) to Vista Home Basic

And no i can't get hold of the original owner, and i didn't think to write the 7 key down




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  Reply # 1437966 30-Nov-2015 17:26
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Based on info you've provided, you're out of luck unfortunately.




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  Reply # 1437967 30-Nov-2015 17:28
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Is the HDD completely dead? Ie does the platter spin? You could try cloning the data and repairing the windows install.

Some times HDD's may have a corrupted Windows install that you can clone off and repair, even if the drive is gone.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1437969 30-Nov-2015 17:30
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This will recover key from a mounted drive:

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

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  Reply # 1437972 30-Nov-2015 17:32
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I am wondering if I try to reinstall vista on a new drive will it recognise that its has been upgraded and tell me to get 7

No chance.



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  Reply # 1438286 1-Dec-2015 08:44
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Cheers all, I'll see if the drive is recoverable at all, or at least mountable

Thanks




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  Reply # 1438385 1-Dec-2015 10:43
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Morgenmuffel: Ok hard drive died in SWMBOs computer, the machine was running windows 7 when we got it, it had been upgraded  from Vista apparently, as thats the only COA I can find on the case.......
And no i can't get hold of the original owner, and i didn't think to write the 7 key down


Based on what of seen in similar cases...
theres a change that Win7 was pirated. Its quite rare to have someone BUY & then install 7 on a Vista PC
Vista SP1 isnt that bad on good hardware . SP1 fixed alot of issues .

Even if you can extract the 7 install key, you still need the matching install CD for that 7 key, there are many versions of win7 that all need a different install CD (home, pro, upgrade, OEM, Ulimate, Enterprise/Vol Lic ) .

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  Reply # 1438408 1-Dec-2015 11:10
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What sort of computer was it, eg, brand name or home built one?


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  Reply # 1438410 1-Dec-2015 11:11
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Yea do you recall what version of Windows 7 it was? Home? Pro? Ultimate?

If it was Ultimate I can 99% guarantee that is was a pirated copy, as buying Ultimate as a genuine upgrade was very rare.




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  Reply # 1438482 1-Dec-2015 12:37
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True vista is not that bad after disable animation etc.

Or linux mint time : ). If you have not tried it, it is impressive.



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  Reply # 1505421 3-Mar-2016 10:14
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Update:

 

Running with windows 10 on a new Harddrive now, only hiccup was I installed the wrong version of windows 10 originally, but once i reinstalled and gave it my windows 7 key it worked perfectly.

 

 

 

On a side note this machine has always screamed noisely from the fan running at full tilt (for a year or two), once i discovered that the fan/heatsink wasn't screwed down properly and the thermal grease was hard and powderyish, i replaced the processor with a slightly faster one and put new grease on it, and I can't get over how quiet it is, mind you this is the first time i have seen a CPU since the days of my 386sx and I got a shade panicked when I saw there were no pins on the cpu chip, and assumed i had somehow broken them whilst getting the chip out of the socket.

 

 

 

Thanks for the help





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  Reply # 1505431 3-Mar-2016 10:38
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Intel CPU then I take it. AMD still have the pins.





Try Vultr using this link and get us both some credit:

 

http://www.vultr.com/?ref=7033587-3B




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  Reply # 1505433 3-Mar-2016 10:48
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yep intel it is.

 

Even more stoked when I realised I had backed my keys up when i first got the machine, Id run a key backup doohickey to email, but as it was under SWMBOs account I couldn't find it at first.

 

 





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  Reply # 1505460 3-Mar-2016 11:59
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Sounds like a happy ending!


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  Reply # 1505465 3-Mar-2016 12:06
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linw:

 

Sounds like a happy ending!

 

 

 

 

Everyone likes happy endings :)


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