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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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Not via a restore point, no.

Reverting Windows 7 back is a mess, if it's at all possible, and involves a lot of techinical steps.

Windows 10 will easily revert back to Windows 7 or 8.1 after an upgrade, but not from Vista.

https://www.groovypost.com/howto/dow...ndows-version/
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...windows-instal


i'd say get a new computer, or at least do what 4KRG suggested and get a different blank harddrive and install Windows 10 on that. That way if anything goes wrong you have either the original PC to go back to, or the original drive with the Vista install still on it.


For your email, you're using Windows Mail, but what email service are you using? Most emails services save all the emails on the server end nowadays.
I think my 7 installation is minutes from completing successfully. Says it imported files settings programs, so weíll see. Just donít want my music to get fucked up. I need my music...
I use Optimum service, I think thatís what you mean? My emails end with optimum...
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Old 11-08-18, 09:56 AM
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

you can use something like this to make a full disk backup

https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

then if something goes wrong, boot to CD and restore (make the boot cd and test boot at a min before you do anything)
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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I use Optimum service, I think thatís what you mean? My emails end with optimum...
So you have an ISP supplied email service which just... ugh. Considering you're upgrading from Vista to 7, 7 doesn't include an email client, so you won't be able to immediately access your emails, although they should still be there.

I found something that suggests Windows Live Mail, an optional download, should be able to import the old Windows Mail files:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/34...-windows-vista

MS doesn't support Windows Live Mail anymore, so you can download the last version from here:
https://filehippo.com/download_windows_live_mail/
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

Thanks Jay.
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

Well, I’m happy to say that the upgrade to 7 worked. Files still there. Updated Firefox. Bookmarks and folders, miraculously still there. Which not sure how since I don’t have a Firefox acct or anything. Got an email program to use. Once I learn how to import old emails and contacts, it’ll be great. Updated iTunes and was able to sync and download all 4,000+ songs to phone. Still have some more pc things to clean up, but all in all just so relieved. Once I trade old phone in, I’m done with this new phone bs. It used to be so much easier, but Ahhhhh...
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If I could only figure out why I can’t get weatherbug to work and find and import old emails into Mailbird mail app that I bought, I’d say my pc will be back to old, but better. Different, a little, but at least updated and most things back from before. Even sites that wouldn’t work before, presumably bc old windows, work again.

And especially my music. Can even purchase music again on pc, which couldn’t do with outdated version of iTunes...
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

anyone know an easy way to shut off the stupid windows activation box that tells me i have to call or input new code? i cancel it and goes away, but pops up at least once a session i'm on pc...
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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anyone know an easy way to shut off the stupid windows activation box that tells me i have to call or input new code? i cancel it and goes away, but pops up at least once a session i'm on pc...
Enter a valid activation code. Whatever code you bought was obviously bad.
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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Enter a valid activation code. Whatever code you bought was obviously bad.
but 7 is installed and works fine. just pops up once a session, like i said. everything else works even better than Vista...
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

It's a grace period. You need to activate it.
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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but 7 is installed and works fine. just pops up once a session, like i said. everything else works even better than Vista...
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It's a grace period. You need to activate it.
Yeah, Windows 7 will always install fine. Hell, you can even skip entering a key while installing it. But it's the activation that checks whether the key is valid, and it only gives you a grace period of a few days to do so.
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

Well, everything still good and I figured out how to get activation popup to stop. Seemed to be an issue...
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

will this be the install i need and it will keep my old files and programs and stuff?

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Old 12-08-18, 12:18 AM
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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will this be the install i need and it will keep my old files and programs and stuff?

https://www.amazon.com/MICROSOFT-Mic...4242059&sr=8-9
Didn't you already install Windows 7? What Edition?

If you already installed Windows 7 Pro, the key from that should work on your existing install, you just need to change the key:
https://techingiteasy.wordpress.com/...a-retail-disc/



That said, Windows 7 is only getting updates for about another year, so you're better off paying a bit more and upgrading to Windows 10 now. You should be able to use the Media Upgrade Tool to upgrade to Windows 10. Skip entering a product key during install
https://www.windowscentral.com/use-m...date-windows10
https://www.pcworld.com/article/2999...indows-10.html

That second link shows how to buy a key from Microsoft Store after the upgrade, but you should be able to "Change Key" instead and use on you bought elsewhere.

If you're upgrading Pro, Amazon has a Windows 10 Pro OEM disc for $110 with a 5% off coupon.
Amazon Amazon

Windows 10 Home for $93:
Amazon Amazon

Don't worry about whether it's 32bit or 64bit, the keys work with either.

Here's lots of ways to change the Windows 10 product key:
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-c...key-windows-10
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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Didn't you already install Windows 7? What Edition?

If you already installed Windows 7 Pro, the key from that should work on your existing install, you just need to change the key:
https://techingiteasy.wordpress.com/...a-retail-disc/



That said, Windows 7 is only getting updates for about another year, so you're better off paying a bit more and upgrading to Windows 10 now. You should be able to use the Media Upgrade Tool to upgrade to Windows 10. Skip entering a product key during install
https://www.windowscentral.com/use-m...date-windows10
https://www.pcworld.com/article/2999...indows-10.html

That second link shows how to buy a key from Microsoft Store after the upgrade, but you should be able to "Change Key" instead and use on you bought elsewhere.

If you're upgrading Pro, Amazon has a Windows 10 Pro OEM disc for $110 with a 5% off coupon.
https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Win...dp/B00ZSH74DQ/

Windows 10 Home for $93:
https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Win...dp/B00ZSHC0EO/

Don't worry about whether it's 32bit or 64bit, the keys work with either.

Here's lots of ways to change the Windows 10 product key:
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-c...key-windows-10
the message tells me it is not a valid product. i used online and phone system and not recognized by MS. is the link i showed above the one i need? thanks.
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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is the link i showed above the one i need? thanks.
I can't say unless I know which edition of Windows 7 you have. What edition of Windows 7 did you install?
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

it was just a standard version i believe, but not genuine according to messages.

if i just get the $150 flash drive for Windows 10 Pro from Amazon and i still have this non-genuine 7 version on PC as it still says Windows 7 when i boot up system, will i lose all my files, favorites, programs, documents, pics, music, etc?
Amazon Amazon

and all i have to do is right click copy my C drive to paste all contents to external harddrive, right?

thanks Jay for this help. need to do this ASAP bc this activation message that keeps popping up is annoying as fuck...

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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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it was just a standard version i believe, but not genuine according to messages.
There's no edition called "Standard." There's Home, Home Premium, Pro, and Ultimate. Instructions to find which edition you have can be found here:
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/cics/windows7/version

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if i just get the $150 flash drive for Windows 10 Pro from Amazon and i still have this non-genuine 7 version on PC as it still says Windows 7 when i boot up system, will i lose all my files, favorites, programs, documents, pics, music, etc?
Windows 10 can do an in-place upgrade from Windows 7. This will retain all your files and programs.

BTW, you don't need to buy a flash drive version of Windows 10. You can create your own flash drive via the free Microsoft Media Creation Tool for Windows 10:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

I'd buy the cheapest type of the cheapest Edition you can use.

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and all i have to do is right click copy my C drive to paste all contents to external harddrive, right?
I've never done it that way. There's symlinks and hidden and restricted files/folders that won't copy over. If you want to make a backup of your system that you could later restore so you're back to your Windows 7 the way it is now, you should create a system image:
https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/4241...-in-windows-7/
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

it is Home edition of 7.

it says my task image is corrupt and can't do back up. the copy and paste didn't work either. am i fucked? and will my old office programs (2007) work with 10 as they did with Vista and 7 when i had it?
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

I'm going to make a strong suggestion that you stop trying to do this yourself with limited guidance from people on a DVD forum and instead pay someone who knows what they're doing to help you upgrade your OS and maintain your files. There are a myriad of places that offer that kind of service.
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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I'm going to make a strong suggestion that you stop trying to do this yourself with limited guidance from people on a DVD forum and instead pay someone who knows what they're doing to help you upgrade your OS and maintain your files. There are a myriad of places that offer that kind of service.
why? i haven't been steered wrong yet. Jay certainly knows what he is talking about. i just bought a bum code. install little bumpy at first, but worked all in all. everything remained. just want to make sure nothing goes wrong with 10 install, which if the 7 worked, no reason it shouldn't...
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

It's hard to do this type of troubleshooting and advice via a forum; certainly an on-hand expert is going to be able to better assess the situation and work on the situation. Here, even if you accept us as experts, we can only work with what you tell us, and there may be important info that you unintentionally omit, which could severely impact the situation.

When you only have one copy of your data, it's an even riskier situation. We here can't be held responsible if all your data is lost, and your personal data can be way too important and valuable to risk losing it all trying to save a few bucks.


That said, if you want to continue...


With Windows 7 Home, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Home for just $93 here:
Amazon Amazon

For the "task image is corrupt," I've never personally encountered it, but I found this page which has several methods that may fix it:
https://appuals.com/the-task-image-i...th-0x80041321/

Microsoft Office 2007 officially is compatible with Windows 10:
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...3adbf4f?auth=1
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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It's hard to do this type of troubleshooting and advice via a forum; certainly an on-hand expert is going to be able to better assess the situation and work on the situation. Here, even if you accept us as experts, we can only work with what you tell us, and there may be important info that you unintentionally omit, which could severely impact the situation.

When you only have one copy of your data, it's an even riskier situation. We here can't be held responsible if all your data is lost, and your personal data can be way too important and valuable to risk losing it all trying to save a few bucks.


That said, if you want to continue...


With Windows 7 Home, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Home for just $93 here:
https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Win...dp/B00ZSHC0EO/

For the "task image is corrupt," I've never personally encountered it, but I found this page which has several methods that may fix it:
https://appuals.com/the-task-image-i...th-0x80041321/

Microsoft Office 2007 officially is compatible with Windows 10:
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...3adbf4f?auth=1
i would certainly not hold anyone here responsible for losing anything that i do. i do on my own and take the risks on my own. i will try the 10 and whatever happens happens. i'm creating a system image that seems to be working to my external harddrive and i assume that is backing up everything. we'll see...
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

so if my WindowsImageBackup completed successful and shows almost the same number as Gb in pc harddrive (322 versus 357 (don't know what other 35 Gb's didn't copy over, but at least have most)), i should be ok getting everything back when i go to 10, correct?
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Re: Legit online site to buy Windows 7?

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so if my WindowsImageBackup completed successful and shows almost the same number as Gb in pc harddrive (322 versus 357 (don't know what other 35 Gb's didn't copy over, but at least have most)), i should be ok getting everything back when i go to 10, correct?
Roughly speaking, yes. I can't find exact info on the Window 7 system image, but it might not backup things in your Recycle Bin (still recoverable, so count as drive space), temp files in the Windows TEMP folders (these are supposed to be temporary anyway), and/or system restore points (restore points take up space).

Some more info on system images:
https://www.howtogeek.com/192115/wha...image-backups/

You can also mount the system image and browse it, if you want to quickly evaluate if it got your important files:
https://www.howtogeek.com/125704/how...-image-backup/
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