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Windows 7: Which version of windows do I use for a clean install?

03 Apr 2012   #11
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
DON'T burn it to a dvd-rw. Find a dvd-r. Dvd-rws aren't designed to be booted off of.
I've used them many times to test out my .iso files for various OSes and my edited Windows 7 .iso files to give both platforms and all versions. The burn is identical on both discs. The ability to erase the disc has no effect on the data being written.


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03 Apr 2012   #12
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
DON'T burn it to a dvd-rw. Find a dvd-r. Dvd-rws aren't designed to be booted off of.
I've used them many times to test out my .iso files for various OSes and my edited Windows 7 .iso files to give both platforms and all versions. The burn is identical on both discs. The ability to erase the disc has no effect on the data being written.
I've had trouble with them in the past. That's why I told them not to use that.
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03 Apr 2012   #13
Rockydog1947

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for all the help. Thinking it may be my burning software (I probably did it incorrectly) I downloaded Image Burn and burned to an R dvd and it works perfectly.

Thanks again, Ken
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03 Apr 2012   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If your previous burning software wasn't properly closing the disc, or was burning it as data, that would account for your issue.
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03 Apr 2012   #15
Rockydog1947

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I have the AVS4YOU software suite and I just checked it out and you are correct I was burning it as Data, I found a dropdown box of further options and found the Burn ISO option, so I can't blame the software, lol. But a shoutout to Image Burn for making his program idiot proof (and it's free).
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03 Apr 2012   #16
gregrocker

 

Burn to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed - it never fails.
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06 Apr 2012   #17
Rockydog1947

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I always prefer to do a clean install when major components are upgraded....such as the motherboard. It gives you the chance to start clean, with latest drivers and app updates.

I may not be fully understanding the process, but it seems like you might have to do a clean install using the Windows 7 HP upgrade, and then pop in your key to upgrade that to Pro.

However, if it was me, I'd download the full disc for Pro x64 from the following link, and see if that works. You can install the OS completely, and then, once booting, pop in your Pro key and see if it works. Nothing to lose except a little bit of time.

Windows 7 Digital River direct links: Multiple Languages; X86 & X64 - Page 60

Pick the appropriate one under Media Refresh.
Just an update!!!! The win 7 pro "upgrade key" can only be applied to the os that was upgraded. Can't be used on a full Win 7 Pro.
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06 Apr 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

OK then Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 with the latest official ISO download for Home Premium. The steps are the same for retail.

After install and activation you can insert the Anytime Upgrade key to see if it prompts you to do any updating first. Then once it's set up and running as you like, save externally a Win7 backup image to use in place of future reinstalls.
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11 Feb 2015   #19
helicopterjunky

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 
digital river doesnt work

digital river doesnt work and microsoft wont let me download the iso from their servers with my key. Does anyone still have the old win7 pro 64 bit iso file? I found it on the net but i hate to use a iso that might have been altered.
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