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Windows 7: Can I purchase Windows 7 Upgrade?


01 Oct 2009   #1

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Can I purchase Windows 7 Upgrade?

Hi all,

Hope someone can help me! As a UK student I can from today purchase a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium [Upgrade] or Windows 7 Professional [Upgrade] 32/64-bit for 30. This is a fantastic offer and one which I am hoping to take advantage of.

I have a laptop that came pre installed with Vista Business (there is a legitimate serial stuck to the base of the machine) but after months of frustration with the OS I wiped it and installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit RC1, which I am delighted with.

The problem I now have is, if I purchase Windows 7 Pro Upgrade will I be able to install it? The website gives the option of a direct download for 30 or a direct download plus something called a "Disk Kit" for 39. If I have to do a clean install anyway, will it matter that I'm not running Vista or XP? Do I need the disk kit or does the download come in the form of an ISO which burns to DVD like the RC1?

All help gratefully received, thank you!


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01 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

I think one way or another, you would ultimately be able to install 7 using the upgrade version so I would go ahead and get that.

Yes, the download should be an ISO so once you download 7, just burn it to a DVD using a free app such as imgburn. No need to get the "disk kit."
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01 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC1
 
 

That's really helpful thank you.
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01 Oct 2009   #4

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samburrows View Post
Hi all,

Hope someone can help me! As a UK student I can from today purchase a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium [Upgrade] or Windows 7 Professional [Upgrade] 32/64-bit for 30. This is a fantastic offer and one which I am hoping to take advantage of.

I have a laptop that came pre installed with Vista Business (there is a legitimate serial stuck to the base of the machine) but after months of frustration with the OS I wiped it and installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit RC1, which I am delighted with.

The problem I now have is, if I purchase Windows 7 Pro Upgrade will I be able to install it? The website gives the option of a direct download for 30 or a direct download plus something called a "Disk Kit" for 39. If I have to do a clean install anyway, will it matter that I'm not running Vista or XP? Do I need the disk kit or does the download come in the form of an ISO which burns to DVD like the RC1?

All help gratefully received, thank you!
What brand and model is your laptop?

Most OEMs have a recovery partition which will allow you to re-install your origional OS.

The latest word from MS (no one knows for sure until Oct 22) is that you will have to install the Windows 7 upgrade onto a XP or Vista installed and activated OS. We all hope there is an easier way, later re-installations might require your Vista to be installed first. It's still 'might'.

If you don't have the recovery partition then contact your OEM and request your Vista Business re-installation DVD, most will send it free.

Vista Business is upgaded with Windows 7 Professional.

From the MS site:
Quote:
What are the "equivalent" Windows 7 products for Windows Vista?
Windows Vista Home Premium -> Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows Vista Business -> Windows 7 Professional
Windows Vista Ultimate -> Windows 7 Ultimate
So, Yes, that's a great deal. Get it as soon as you can.
You don't need the DVD kit, as harpua mentioned. You can burn it yourself.

Might consider installing it with a USB memory stick. It's easy and fast.
Here is a great Seven Forums tutorial:
How to Create a Windows 7 Installation USB Key
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