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Windows 7: Questions about custom installation.

23 Jul 2011   #1

Vista 32 bit
 
 
Questions about custom installation.

Okay so I just got my upgrade disk in the mail. Currently I have windows vista 32 bit and I'm upgrading to Windows 7 64-bit. This means I have to do a custom installation (AND BEFORE ANYONE SAYS IT, YES I KNOW CUSTOM INSTALLATION WIPES EVERYTHING OFF MY HARD DRIVE. I DON'T CARE)

I have a few questions

1. How difficult is it to do a custom install? Do all I have to do is put in the windows 7 disk and then choose custom install?

2. Do I need to know my product key for my windows vista 32 bit to upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit custom install? I don't think I got the cd and product key when I got my computer because windows vista was already installed on my computer when I bought it.

3. Is there any other information I need to know for a custom installation besides the product key for my Windows 7?


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23 Jul 2011   #2

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Your Vista product key will on COA on the side of your PC.

Take look at those tutorials:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jul 2011   #3

Vista 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Your Vista product key will on COA on the side of your PC.

Take look at those tutorials:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Ha oh yeah I just checked the side of my computer and my Vista product key is there. Thank you.

So what do I do now? All I have to do is stick in the windows 7 CD and do a custom install and that's it?
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23 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gonecrazybored View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Your Vista product key will on COA on the side of your PC.

Take look at those tutorials:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Ha oh yeah I just checked the side of my computer and my Vista product key is there. Thank you.

So what do I do now? All I have to do is stick in the windows 7 CD and do a custom install and that's it?
You weren't paying attention to the " blue " live links inside the tutorial given to you by theog ...... the words Clean Install and Custom Install are live links.

To save the the trouble of going back to the link, here is the link to Custom Install :
Custom Install Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jul 2011   #5

Vista 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gonecrazybored View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Your Vista product key will on COA on the side of your PC.

Take look at those tutorials:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Ha oh yeah I just checked the side of my computer and my Vista product key is there. Thank you.

So what do I do now? All I have to do is stick in the windows 7 CD and do a custom install and that's it?
You weren't paying attention to the " blue " live links inside the tutorial given to you by theog ...... the words Clean Install and Custom Install are live links.

To save the the trouble of going back to the link, here is the link to Custom Install :
Custom Install Windows 7
I did look at the links but I'm still confused about one thing. When I choose what drive to install Windows 7 on I'm confused here. I know my Windows Vista is installed on my C drive so I obviously want to install it there. but do I want to format my hard drive or no?

EDIT: Actually I just read it again and it looks like I don't want to format my hard disk with an upgrade windows 7 version
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jul 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Your Vista product key will on COA on the side of your PC.

Take look at those tutorials:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
You will need to delete all the partitions & format, than do the install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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