Clean Installation w/ Windows Upgrade Keys

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You can use an Vista or Windows 7 upgrade key to do a clean install of their respective operating systems.

How? Do a clean install of Windows. Then run the installer (from the DVD) inside the unactivated copy of Windows you just installed to “upgrade”. Your installation is now marked as an upgrade and you can activate Windows with your upgrade key. Make sure you pick the same version of Windows & architecture (x86 vs x64) you are licensed for both times.

What this means for you? You never have to pay full price for Windows, unless of course, if you can’t wait for the second install.

Additional tip: Create a bootable USB flash drive (at least 4GB) from the installation DVD and use that instead. Each install can then be done in about 10-15 minutes since it’s not using the optical media.



EDIT: Update with an alternative method (seems to be more reliable to me).

    Install Windows as described above (the first time).
    Open the registry editor and change the “MediaBootInstall” DWORD value in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE\ from 1 to 0.
    Open an administrative command prompt and run the command “slmgr/rearm”.
    Reboot, then enter your key from the Computer Properties and activate.

Another Facebook Scam

Well you know about the previous Dell Facebook scam? ( This one’s worse, but uses the exact same code, which does the exact same thing.

The theme now is that it claims to install “Profile Spy”, to help you see who’s looking at your profile, etc, but THERE IS NO SUCH THING. There’s only a few apps that really do this, but it requires your visitors also install the app, for the sake of their own privacy.

So… about 900,000 people have joined the Facebook group as of writing, and I reported it to Facebook again. We’ll see how long it takes them.

Here’s the link to the most recent scam – (you have to click on the “read more” link).

There was also another previous one before this one, but after the Dell one, involving “Crimson Labs” and a giveaway of iMacs.

Please! READ EVERYTHING CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU SAY YES. If anything looks suspicious or doesn’t make sense, well… 🙂