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How to edit registry for Windows 7 to accept registering product key

If you are doing a clean install of Windows 7 with an upgrade CD, you will have issues with registering Windows. Click here for information.

Below is a procedure that does not always work but will save you time and effort when it does.

Caution - Whenever editing the registry can cause issues to include data loss. Back up any files before editing the registry.

For a picture of the location in the registry, click the link

  1. Back-up registry
  2. Access Run or Search window
  3. Type REGEDIT
  4. Press Enter
  5. Double-click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

  6. Double-click Software

  7. Double-click Microsoft

  8. Double-click Windows

  9. Double-click CurrentVersion

  10. Double-click Setup

  11. Double-click OOBE

  12. On the window on the right, double-click MediaBootInstall

  1. Change the value from 1 to 0
  1. Click OK
  1. Click the Orb
  1. Type CMD in the search window

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