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Windows 7: Windows 7 Pro Clean install from Vista Home Basic


26 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Windows 7 Pro Clean install from Vista Home Basic

So I decided to upgrade my desktop and have completely replaced all of the hardware, however that's irrelevant. I currently have Windows Vista Home Basic on the system but was offered a copy of Windows 7 Professional for $30 from my university and wanted to know if I could install a clean copy of Windows 7 Pro on a system that has Windows Vista Home Basic since I know I cannot upgrade.

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26 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 8 CP x64
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums JamesKPNC...

u can check here..similar question..!

can I upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Seven Profesional - CNET Windows 7 Forums
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26 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JamesKPNC View Post
So I decided to upgrade my desktop and have completely replaced all of the hardware, however that's irrelevant. I currently have Windows Vista Home Basic on the system but was offered a copy of Windows 7 Professional for $30 from my university and wanted to know if I could install a clean copy of Windows 7 Pro on a system that has Windows Vista Home Basic since I know I cannot upgrade.
Even if you can upgrade, you should do a clean install. It gets all of the junk off your HD and lets you start out with the correct files. Just backup all of your files, boot from the Win 7 DVD and follow instructions. The install takes about 45 minutes. Let us know if you have questions on it. == One other thing, when it asks for your Win 7 Key, do not put it in immediately. See if things are OK first and put the Key in within 30 days.
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27 Sep 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JamesKPNC View Post
So I decided to upgrade my desktop and have completely replaced all of the hardware, however that's irrelevant. I currently have Windows Vista Home Basic on the system but was offered a copy of Windows 7 Professional for $30 from my university and wanted to know if I could install a clean copy of Windows 7 Pro on a system that has Windows Vista Home Basic since I know I cannot upgrade.
Legally no. Vista Home Basic direct in one step to Win 7 Professional is not one of the valid paths.
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27 Sep 2010   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

James,
Here is the reference to the official MS list of valid/invalid paths.
Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

The tables therein are used in many articles on the web.
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27 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JamesKPNC View Post
So I decided to upgrade my desktop and have completely replaced all of the hardware, however that's irrelevant. I currently have Windows Vista Home Basic on the system but was offered a copy of Windows 7 Professional for $30 from my university and wanted to know if I could install a clean copy of Windows 7 Pro on a system that has Windows Vista Home Basic since I know I cannot upgrade.
Actually, you can upgrade directly from Vista Home Basic to 7 Professional. I like most anyone here would recommend a clean install because upgrades can result in issues later on down the line.
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27 Sep 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello JamesKPNC, welcome to Seven Forums!



If you are using the old Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and you have made backups of the data you want to keep have a look at the info below, that would be the way to go.

information   Information

After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "secure erase" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including the old Windows drivers, everything all data, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


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27 Sep 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Student deals are retail copies, which can be put on any machine of your choice, moved whenever you want, as long as they are only on one machine at a time.

If you can Anytime Upgrade from Basic to Pro then you can input the retail Product Key into Anytime Upgrade which will work. Type "Anytime Upgrade" into start search box to start the process to see.

There is also an in-place Upgrade workaround between versions of Windows 7 which has good reviews if Anytime is not supported for that path. It tricks the installer into thinking it's doing a same-version Repair Install which is always allowed.

Otherwise do the Clean Install from booted Windows 7 DVD.
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