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Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to retail

ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch SlutAustin, TX Icrontian
edited Dec 2011 in Technology
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  • djmephdjmeph Detroit Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Thank You! Now my boss will spare my life.
  • Cliff_ForsterCliff_Forster Baltimore, MD Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    This article is going to make many RC users very happy.
  • edited Oct 2009
    Great tip! Now I know why I left a big empty partition when I first loaded 7RC.
  • edited Oct 2009
    This definitely works for RC to RTM, but only for Ultimate as the article disclaimer indicates:
    Lastly, be aware that the RC-to-Retail upgrade process only works with the retail edition of Windows 7 Ultimate. A technique which opens the upgrade process to Windows 7 Professional or Home Premium hasn’t been developed yet. We are, however, exploring possibilities; should one bear out, we will update this article with the necessary steps.
    That should be displayed more prominently imo, as the price of Ultimate jumps drastically for all versions and the pre-order deals in June were only for HP and Pro.
  • ButtersButters CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Did this when Win 7 was available to Technet. It works great!
  • BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of Propaganda OKC Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Hey Chizow, I know something you don't!

    /me sings.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    UPDATE:

    This guide now includes the steps necessary to upgrade from the Windows 7 release candidate to any retail version of Windows 7.

    We have certified the steps by successfully converting an RC install to the retail version of Windows 7 Professional.

    Enjoy!
  • chrisWhitechrisWhite Littleton, CO
    edited Oct 2009
    This. Is. Awesome. Great work Thrax!
  • mas0nmas0n dallas Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Robert, you're my hero.
  • edited Oct 2009
    Thanks this will save me the hassel of having to install from sratch along with all my program files!
  • edited Oct 2009
    I concur - this is great info just in time for the release. I will be installing the European version of W7 which I think does not allow an upgrade at all. Does anyone have any experience with this release relative to W7RC. Given that an upgrade may not be possible, what's the next best (least worst) route?
    Thanx in advance for your help - Al
  • edited Oct 2009
    This is great! I'm assuming that this will work for Upgrade retail disks as well as Full (not-upgrade) disks? There's a big difference in price between the two.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    @Allan: For Euro users, a clean install is unfortunately the only way. I do advise making a backup of your current user profile using Windows Easy Transfer... This will save all of your desktop settings, favorites (for both Firefox and IE), documents, SOME program settings, and more. You'll have to reinstall drivers and any programs that were lost in the reformat, but the WET file will save you a lot of time.

    @CyberBob: As far as I am aware, it will work for upgrade and FPP discs just the same. :)
  • edited Oct 2009
    Ive done this 2 times now and some applications will work that came with windows... but other things like firefox or even installers for programs will not launch.

    Any suggestions?
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    There are SO MANY variables that could lead to the problem you are experiencing. Some users on another forum were experiencing the same symptom (with a clean install)... Bad memory for one person, overheating processor for a second, a virus scanner for a third person was gumming up the works.

    What I can tell you is that I had no troubles on my end. The PC happily browsed on firefox, etc. I wish I could be more help, but there are simply too many variables to consider to give you a concrete answer.
  • NicNic
    edited Oct 2009
    Hi to all. my rc win7(watermark says win 7 evaluation copy build 7100) but the minclient reads=7077.0 and minserver=7000.0. Can i still do the upgrade. IF not what do i do? and on a final note where do get the serial and product key to activate(surly the rc keys wont do job). And if some one could provide them or a link or even a crack would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time.
  • NicNic
    edited Oct 2009
    Sorry previous post is meant to read; my release candidate copy of windows 7. Thanks for the great post and help again:)
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Nic said:
    Hi to all. my rc win7(watermark says win 7 evaluation copy build 7100) but the minclient reads=7077.0 and minserver=7000.0. Can i still do the upgrade. IF not what do i do? and on a final note where do get the serial and product key to activate(surly the rc keys wont do job). And if some one could provide them or a link or even a crack would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time.
    1. Yes, it will still work.
    2. You buy Windows. We're not here to help you steal.
  • NicNic
    edited Oct 2009
    Hi i am sorry, i dont want to steal or do anything illigle but i am concerned that with the rc i could not even get into the trail with out the activation key, which i got from microsoft but will it be the same with the rtm where i dont know where to get a key from? PLEASE dont think i want to do anything illigle but i was and i still concerned. Thank you so much for your reply.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    The RTM is the final retail copy purchased from a store. The key comes with the product, and it'll be available on October 22.
  • edited Oct 2009
    The registry tweak to enable upgrade to any RTM version is brilliant! Doesn't really help me as a TN subscriber but will be a great solution for all those pre-order upgraders.
  • NicNic
    edited Oct 2009
    Hi i'v followed your instructions perfectly and have attemted 3 times but i still have build 7100 but in my cversion.ini the minclient is 7077 and the minserver 7000. PLEASE PLEASE help! am i doing something wrong. what should i do?
  • edited Oct 2009
    Nic said:
    Hi i'v followed your instructions perfectly and have attemted 3 times but i still have build 7100 but in my cversion.ini the minclient is 7077 and the minserver 7000. PLEASE PLEASE help! am i doing something wrong. what should i do?
    Do you have a valid RTM key and installation disc/image? This isn't a magical hack to transform a RC install into an RTM install, it simply tricks the RTM installer into thinking the installed RC version is compatible for upgrade to RTM.
  • edited Oct 2009
    Curious whether you've tried this on the 90 day Enterprise trial. I've just spent many hours loading up a 64 bit Win 7 trial with all my office software to confirm compatibility before deploying to a production environment. Very impressive, positive result. All the software works magnificently, some of which is very poorly coded and crash prone. All my printers, scanners, etc perform using Vista 64 drivers. No issues with SBS 2003 or MS Exchange.

    I set up the trial build knowing that it would be good only for a short time, so have used trial versions of all the applications. Now you've got me wondering whether this RC-to-RTM conversion might work on a RTM Enterprise trial to Professional Retail conversion.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    I'm afraid I have no data on Enterprise. It seems to me, though, that you could make a VHD of Enterprise, boot it into a VM and try the upgrade. :)
  • NicNic
    edited Oct 2009
    Thanks but I have done some research and have found out my 'rc' version is actualy a pre-rc version and that it says it is build 7100 and is not elegable for this upgrade
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Negative, ghost rider. The RC for everybody is build 7100. This will work if you're on build 7100 and want to go to retail.
  • NicNic
    edited Oct 2009
    Will it work if i try do a clean instal instead of an upgrade? my minserver reads 7000 what should i make the minclient? Thanks for all the help so far:)
  • edited Oct 2009
    i have used this three times on machines that I had done minimal testing on an seemed to work great. Am TN subscriber also and dont really want to do a clean install machine that is just used for testing
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    pigpenz said:
    i have used this three times on machines that I had done minimal testing on an seemed to work great. Am TN subscriber also and dont really want to do a clean install machine that is just used for testing
    I'm really pleased this worked for you, Pigpenz! Thanks for posting. :)
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Nic, if you're doing a clean install, you don't need to reset the minclient or minserver at all. In fact, you don't even need to dump the disc contents. Just pop the disc in the optical drive and go to town on your hard drive.
  • NicNic
    edited Oct 2009
    Thanks for ALL the help(i really apprecate it:)) but i have followed the instructions and have even tried a clean install instead of an upgrade (thanks Snarkasim) but i think i will have to be destined with the rc. Thanks ALL:) If any one has any ideas pls post, there is still a twinkle of hope.... ....
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Why are you "destined" to stick with the RC (that will expire in June 2010)? Are you trying to do this with a non-retail version of Windows 7?

    If so, yes, you're stuck with it. Piracy doesn't swing it around here.
  • edited Oct 2009
    when you upgrade from RC to Professional, are you able to active the upgraded Windows 7 Professional with the windows 7 professional key ?
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    With a true retail Win 7 Professional key, yes.
  • edited Oct 2009
    I love you Mr. Hallock (In a tech/geeky way)...this worked seamlessly. What an ease, and peace of mind not having to restore all those programs. **Sigh** Thank you!
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    You're very welcome!
  • NicNic
    edited Oct 2009
    Hi to all once again. I think i might be the biggest idiot in the world. At the start of the tutorial it says insert you windows 7 dvd, is this meant to be the rc or rtm dvd?
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    It's supposed to be your retail DVD, the final code version that you hope to end up with.
  • mtroxmtrox Minnesota
    edited Oct 2009
    Nice guide. I've got a couple of Win 7 upgrade disks coming from Sony and from Lenovo. Any idea if these are these going to be retail disks with an OEM logo on them or will they have some code that prevents me from using them on another machine?
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
  • edited Oct 2009
    I have a netbook that I installed Windows 7 RC on using a USB flash drive. I'm assuming that I can use the above process to upgrade RC using my flash drive?
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Yes, if you copy the retail DVD to the flash drive, then edit the minclient file on the USB stick, and perform the registry changes on the host OS, it will work fine. :)
  • edited Oct 2009
    Why Would We Pay For Windows 7 I Feel Personally That Microsoft Owe Us A Free Version Of Windows After The Abomination That Is Vista Infact microsoft Should Be Knocking on Doors Handing Out Free Copy's To Anyone Who Brought A Computer With Vista On It
  • ardichokeardichoke Buttes Master B Lansing, MI Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    You capitalized every word you typed, your argument is invalid.

    Furthermore, if you didn't like Vista then you should have found a manufacturer that offers XP or no OS and bought from them instead. Or you could have built your own and installed XP. Microsoft doesn't owe you anything, you're not entitled to anything, be a more active consumer next time and don't buy the product if it's bad. Oh, and before you accuse me of being a fanboy, this is coming from someone who is probably more critical of Microsoft than most of the people on these forums.
  • NicNic
    edited Oct 2009
    Who is this nick from the second previous post? I really and sincerly hope you are not trying to use my name. Which is nic, not nick.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Why would he be trying to use your name?
  • _k__k_ P-Town, Texas Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    Wait wait.....there are TWO NICKS?!!:honoes:
  • edited Oct 2009
    Ok, I can be classified as a complete idiot when it comes to Windows OS but here goes. I had a computer that had Windows XP that I loaded the Windows 7 RC. (BTW...I love it!!!)

    I purchased the download copy of Windows 7 Upgrade on 10/22. They will also send me a backup disk sometime later on. will I have problems using the upgrade disk because I had XP on the machine before? Will the upgrade copy be just fine to get Windows 7 operational on my computer. Any insight would be appreciated.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Oct 2009
    If the Windows 7 RC replaced Windows XP completely, you'll have no problems.
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