ABR Beta With Windows 7 Support
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I just posted a beta version of ABR with Windows 7 support. I have not been able to test it myself (no access to OEM Windows 7 at the moment), but I have had a few beta testers who reported it worked correctly.

Give it a try if you are willing to help test it and please let me know how it goes.

When you run the backup, you should have 2 new files created in the folder, "backup-key.txt" and "backup-cert.xrm-ms". Make sure both files contain something, then save everything to a safe place before you clean install.

ABR (Activation Backup & Restore)

Thanks for the update! I have access to a retail and OEM copies of Windows 7 Home Premium edition. I'll run a full activation backup/restore and see how it turns out.

Is there anything in particular you'd like me to test?

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Is this "just" Win 7, or both Win 7 and Vista?

BTW, great work!

It should work for both Win7 and Vista.

I have not been able to test it myself but I have had a few beta testers who reported it worked correctly.

I've just tried it out on my windows 7 OEM home premium x64 laptop. And it worked GREAT.

Thanks a lot

Hi,

Tested it with Windows 7 Home Premium. The path is little bit different for the tokens file. But can't remember it. The last directory name was different and that failed at first.

Then I made the directory and copied the token-file to it. It worked.

It sounds like you used the wrong version of ABR. The beta with Win7 support has been updated to use the correct path to the token file.

I tried the WIN7 version and I got a message that it was not a Win32 application. Anyone else get that?

Thank you.

Try to download it again. That sounds like a corrupted download.

I downloaded again and it works. Thanks. I had tried at least twice before it working. But it works now.

The Activation Key was extracted but it does not match the product key on the label on the bottom of my laptop. Must it match?

No, it will not match. That is expected.

OK Thank you very much!

Will ABR work if I change a hard drive before new Win 7 install?

I'm buying a new HP laptop which will come loaded with bloatware. As soon as it arrives I intend to remove the primary hard drive and replace it with an brand new Intel X25 SSD and throw a nice clean install of Win 7 on that.

I also want to remove the optical dvd drive from the system, and install the original hard drive in that slot, to act as my large data drive (movies, music etc).

If I use ABR to backup my HP OEM activation prior to powering down and transplanting the drives, will it still work when I want to re-auth my new clean Win 7 install or will it crap out because I've changed some critical hardware?

I could swap out the optical drive and the HDD at the same time as the SSD and install windows from USB thumb drive, or, I could wait until after I've got the system up and running with new Win 7 activation and do it then, if that might make any difference.

Appreciate any advice.

ABR looks great, thanks for your efforts.

If you run ABR backup before you remove the original hard drive, it will work just fine after you have installed the new drive and installed Windows on it. OEM activation does not check the for hardware changes, only for a key in the BIOS. You should be able to change most of the other hardware with no problems. Only retail activation looks for hardware changes, and even that doesn't consider a hard drive change to be cause for re-activation.

That's good news, thanks very much for the info.

Works perfectly - excellent tool!

hi,
would it be possible to do such a thing for office 2010?

jonny