Quote: Originally Posted by grindy
I have a system that recently "died" and just ordered the components to build a new one. I had purchased Windows XP for that system (the one that died) and have the CD.
My question is: Does owning the XP CD qualify me for a Win 7 "upgrade"? Or do I have to go thru installing XP from that CD onto my new system (which will no doubt force me to call Microsoft since as soon as I go online with it - it will not be seen as "Genuine" until I go thru that process) before I can use the Win 7 "upgrade" DVD?
I know that, in years past, doing an upgrade would let you simply insert the CD from the old version of Windows and it would accept that - as opposed to finding it already installed on the HD.
Actually, it's pointless even trying to inplace-upgrade from XP, because it ends up doing a clean install anyway, as all it does is validate you XP is legit. You'll have to re-install all your other software again afterwards.
Only Windows Vista and lower-end editions of 7 itself qualify for an inplace-upgrade.
So save yourself some trouble, if not a few bucks, and go for a full version Windows 7, not an upgrade kit.
But if you already have the upgrade media, then try this: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version