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Windows 7: How do you do a clean install of Win7 from an dell upgrade disk


19 Jan 2011   #1

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How do you do a clean install of Win7 from an dell upgrade disk

First post so please be gentle

I'm upgrading my Dell Studio XPS Desktop 435MT systems hard disk to an SSD & was wondering is it possible to to load Windows 7 from the dell upgrade disk or would i have to load vista first & then upgrade to Windows 7?

Just had a look at the clean install tutorial but it does state on the top of the page & is highlighted that this is from a "Retail" upgrade version & all i have is a dell upgrade disk from vista. Will this cause a problem?

TIA

OO

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19 Jan 2011   #2

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Put the disk in the dvd drive then boot from dvd and see if it gives you the option.
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19 Jan 2011   #3
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MS required manufacturers to provide a clean-copy Windows 7 Installation DVD with the Upgrade kits, so it should be bootable to do a superior clean install.

Does it have the Product key on the Installation DVD? This needs to be checked first.

Keep in mind that this will reinstall only Windows 7 without the Dell factory bloatware and utilities. Check the Dell Support Downloads webpage for your model to see if there is a software installer for any of these if needed, or for any drivers missing after install and optional Windows Updates.

If not and you want the preinstalled software/utilities then you will need to run your Dell Recovery disks first then do an in-place upgrade by running the 7 Installation DVD from Vista.
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19 Jan 2011   #4

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When this system was bought it came installed with 64bit vista with the option to upgrade to windows 7 when it was released, which i applied for.

Two disks arrived one was the Windows 7 upgrade assistant dvd which contains Dell Upgrade assistant, Windows 7 drivers & windows 7 applications & the second disk is the operating system which includes a product key

HTH
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19 Jan 2011   #5

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Also with Windows 7, Windows Update is quite handy in finding drivers. You can use that along with Dell's website, you shouldn't have any issues restoring drivers.

Bill
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19 Jan 2011   #6
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You can boot from the DVD to get the cleanest possible install. The key will be accepted up front during install even if you wipe the HD first of all code.

Make your Recovery Disks first, then either wipe the HD (cleanest) or use the installer's Custom>Drive options to delete all but the Recovery partition so it is left in case you ever need to run it from boot. Then create new partition(s) as desired, format and install to first partition.

Here are tips to look over for getting a purrfect clean reinstall of factory preinstall: re-install windows 7

Feel free to ask back all the questions you need..
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20 Jan 2011   #7

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I do appreciated your answer but I still have worries.


From what i understand from the above article, these workarounds relates to the retail upgrade version, & as i have said the disks i have got were supplied by dell & are not retail versions but one disk does have a product key. Has anyone tried these workarounds with a dell upgrade disk?


OO
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20 Jan 2011   #8

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Or is this another workaround the problem?
I have the genuine Win 7 home premium update product key from dell ok?
Been thinking about this (& getting splinters in my fingers) & my brother has a full version of Windows 7 home premium, now can i install this (deselecting activation during setup) & use my update product key from dell to manually activate this full version?

OO
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20 Jan 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Captain Scarlet View Post
When this system was bought it came installed with 64bit vista with the option to upgrade to windows 7 when it was released, which i applied for.

Two disks arrived one was the Windows 7 upgrade assistant dvd which contains Dell Upgrade assistant, Windows 7 drivers & windows 7 applications & the second disk is the operating system which includes a product key

HTH
1) Boot your PC to Vista.
2) Insect Dell upgrade assistant DVD.
3) This will run a report on PC.
4) Post back with any problems.
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20 Jan 2011   #10
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Hello Captain Scarlet, welcome to Seven Forums!



There is an excellent way to test this without losing your Vista install and it is a very easy way to remove Vista when that time comes; have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


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