A friend of mine, and many commenters here and elsewhere, had issues receiving, downloading, or simply executing the $30 “student” Windows 7 upgrade. Microsoft has admitted some issues, and now offers tools for getting your upgrade done.
Assuming you’ve picked up your license from a valid .edu address, you can burn the ISO image below to disk and execute the upgrade on an XP or Vista system. The executable file linked below that can convert the previous installation program you’ve received into a bootable DVD or USB image. And Microsoft and its Digital River partner offer full instructions on pulling off both such procedures at the top link.
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