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08 Mar 2011  
CGOWAddict

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello CGOWAddict, welcome to Seven Forums!


There is no upgrade path from 32-bit to 64-bit Windows, it will have to be a clean install; the best way to go forward, after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, is to do a wipe (secure erase) of the entire Hard Disk Drive, have a look at this information below.
  • Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
  • If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional partitions after the installation completes if you choose.

All the installed programs/apps will have to be reinstalled so be sure to save the activation keys where applicable and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

O.K. let me see if I got this right
1)back up personal data on a disk or flash drive
2)Erase disk (secure erase)
3)follow directions on how do do a clean install with a window 7 upgrade on the link above

is that correct?

If this is correct how will the upgrade disk know I had a previous version??
Will it ask me for the previous key number??

also do I need to "leave the key blank then after install do the quick registry workaround used to clean install Upgrade version to a clean HD"
as gregrocker suggested?
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