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Windows 7: OK to run win 7 install dvd from inside windows?

19 Nov 2010   #1

XP Pro 64 bit
 
 
OK to run win 7 install dvd from inside windows?

I am trying to upgrade win 7 home to pro. Unfortunately, the system hangs when it tries to boot off the win 7 dvd (both 32 and 64 bit, but works fine with a linux install dvd).

Can I log into win 7 home, and then run the setup file form the dvd? This launces fine, but I was wondering if there would be any problem upgrading siince the HDD is already mounted...

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19 Nov 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You should boot from the DVD. You can format and get a good clean install.
From windows you cannot format, the results may not be as good.
Bottom line, yes you can boot from windows.
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19 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Kari put together a nice tutorial that may help you. It's for Vista to Win 7 but the concepts still apply. Read through it.

A simple guide to a successful in-place upgrade
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19 Nov 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

You can't in-place Upgrade between Windows 7 versions. MS wants us to use Anytime Upgrade, although a retail key will work in an Anytime Upgrade.

Type "Anytime" in the start search box to start the process to unlock the Pro features in about 15 minutes time.

I would save a Windows 7 backup image so you have a path back to Premium if you decide to go back. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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20 Nov 2010   #5

XP Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can't in-place Upgrade between Windows 7 versions. MS wants us to use Anytime Upgrade, although a retail key will work in an Anytime Upgrade.

Type "Anytime" in the start search box to start the process to unlock the Pro features in about 15 minutes time.

I would save a Windows 7 backup image so you have a path back to Premium if you decide to go back. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
This sucks
The Win 7 Pro version is actually a volume version at work, they just gave me the dvd (a key wasnt given); and the IT people seemed clueless about an "anytime upgrade".
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20 Nov 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

All you have is a Windows 7 installer. If you install it you'll have no way to activate without the key.

Best to stick with Home Premium. There is hardly any difference worth upgrading.
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20 Nov 2010   #7

XP Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
All you have is a Windows 7 installer. If you install it you'll have no way to activate without the key.

Best to stick with Home Premium. There is hardly any difference worth upgrading.
I believe its a volume install dvd which probably has a harcoded key.

Win 7 Pro has software restriction policies, which is my most important line of defense against malware...
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21 Nov 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Enterprise version uses Volume License Keys bought in quantity by businesses and organizations. These are not meant for personal use and are also not hard-coded into the installer.
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21 Nov 2010   #9

XP Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Enterprise version uses Volume License Keys bought in quantity by businesses and organizations. These are not meant for personal use and are also not hard-coded into the installer.
This is not win 7 enterprise, this is a university wide win 7 pro license --- and the computer is a university computer
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21 Nov 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Never heard of it. Anyone else?
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