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

03 Apr 2012   #1

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Which version of windows do I use for a clean install?

When I initially built this puter I purchased Win Vista Home Premium with the Win 7 Home Premium upgrade. Since then I purchased the "upgrade anytime" to Win 7 Pro. (64 bit). I have licenses for each version.

I am upgrading case, motherboard and installing an ssd drive for operating system. I've already installed ssd drive by migrating os from old drive with Paragon Migrate but some wierd things are happening. Since then I've decided to upgrade my motherboard and case and wanted a clean install

Which OS should I use for a clean install or should I take a chance and boot new motherboard with current setup?

Appreciate any help I can get.

Thks, Ken


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03 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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.
Official ISO Downloads

Pick the appropriate one under Media Refresh.
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03 Apr 2012   #3
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Please let us know if Deacon's idea works for you.

In the future save a Windows 7 backup image to use in place of reinstalls to save having to reinstall and upgrade again.
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03 Apr 2012   #4

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Deacon - Thanks, will give that a try. I had downloaded an iso from there with sp1 but it wouldn't boot, must have been the wrong one. Will try out your recommendation.

Greg, thanks, I do have a backup image but it is from a migration from a mechanical drive with upgrades from vista, Windows 7 home to Windows 7 pro so thought I would get as clean of an install as possible.

Thks, Ken
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03 Apr 2012   #5

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
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.

Official ISO Downloads

Pick the appropriate one under Media Refresh.
Ok, I downloaded the appropriate iso but it doesn't boot. Am I missing something, I downloaded 2147483647 X17-59186.iso Windows 7 Professional x64 English from the refresh section.

Thks, Ken
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03 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockydog1947 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
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.

Official ISO Downloads

Pick the appropriate one under Media Refresh.
Ok, I downloaded the appropriate iso but it doesn't boot. Am I missing something, I downloaded 2147483647 X17-59186.iso Windows 7 Professional x64 English from the refresh section.

Thks, Ken
Did you burn the iso to cd?
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03 Apr 2012   #7

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockydog1947 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
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.

Official ISO Downloads

Pick the appropriate one under Media Refresh.
Ok, I downloaded the appropriate iso but it doesn't boot. Am I missing something, I downloaded 2147483647 X17-59186.iso Windows 7 Professional x64 English from the refresh section.

Thks, Ken
Did you burn the iso to cd?
Yes, I burnt it to a dvd rw. The dvd player is ok because it will boot the Windows 7 home disk.
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03 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockydog1947 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockydog1947 View Post

Ok, I downloaded the appropriate iso but it doesn't boot. Am I missing something, I downloaded 2147483647 X17-59186.iso Windows 7 Professional x64 English from the refresh section.

Thks, Ken
Did you burn the iso to cd?
Yes, I burnt it to a dvd rw. The dvd player is ok because it will boot the Windows 7 home disk.
Your iso probably got corrupted somehow. Try redownloading it.
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03 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I've read that people have had issues with DVD-RW discs...but I haven't had issues with them. Are you sure you are burning it as an image?
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03 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

DON'T burn it to a dvd-rw. Find a dvd-r. Dvd-rws aren't designed to be booted off of.
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