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Windows 7: Reinstall with upgrade cd

02 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
Reinstall with upgrade cd


I've been experiencing a lot of problems with my Windows 7 so I decided to reinstall. However, I only have an Upgrade CD, Professional for 32-bit. I tried to do a clean install but halfway through the installation I get an error of missing files. I bought it via school, and they say it's possible to reinstall. Can you use the upgrade CD only once? If so, are there other ways to do a clean install?

Thank you,


My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Oct 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello sanne, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at these tutorials at the links below; be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32bit

Thank you for your reply!

I tried the first tutorial but it didn't work. I insert the CD, it starts setup, but it stops during the installation. The first step is copying Windows documents; it goes to 5% and then I get an error:"

Files needed for the installation could not be copied. They might be damaged/gone. Errorcode 0x80070017.

I also tried the second tutorial but I couldn't copy the files from the installation disk onto the USB, because they were marked as read-only. I'm not sure what I should do now, I can't find anyone with the same problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Oct 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


If you burned the DVD yourself, then burn another using ImgBurn at 4x speed. Make sure the ISO says Bootable in text at left when you load it into ImgBurn. You can Verify the DVD you have, too.

Next wipe your HD before trying install: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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