Larry the Lobster, on 04 May 2012 - 21:37, said:
Thanks. She has MS and so her vision is affected. There's been a lot of customization of Windows for her and I don't know what all has been done, so a fresh install may not be good. I agree that bootlegged versions are a little questionable, but she doesn't use it much other than for AOL and a little surfing on the net.
I did not think of the sfc command- good suggestion. I'll try to walk her through running that.
DPyro, she wants to be legitimate. She thought she was, since it was installed by her brother's "best friend with his own computer business." UGH! That wasn't much of a favor. She will grab a legit license- I just wasn't sure if the Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade would work over Windows 7 Ultimate pirated version. It's about 40 to 50 bucks less, and since she lives in a fixed income since she can't work, I don't want her to spend more than she has to.
If the upgrade disk is Ultimate too it will allow an upgrade over the top, the disks are the same, its the key that is different.
You can perform a clean install or an upgrade with either disk, but you need to change the registry a little to activate a clean install with the upgrade key, but as the upgrade disk will be run from within windows, the key should work out of the box once the upgrade is complete
The registry edit just tells windows that the install was not started by booting from the DVD to confirm it was infact an upgrade