Quote: Originally Posted by c59
You may want to look at this link to MS. It was posted in an earlier thread on the subject. Installing and reinstalling Windows
It feels confusing that MS calls it an upgrade product then tells you you can't upgrade. The upgrade product is a Windows 7 installation disc. There are limited ways to use the disc to directly upgrade an existing installation. The upgrade product can be used for a custom install for those situations.
Also: Windows 7 - Buy and download from Microsoft Store
- Running earlier versions?
- If you have Windows XP or Windows 2000, you can purchase Windows 7 Upgrade versions. But you must back up your files, clean install, and reinstall your applications."
Clean install = custom install
I guess my confusion is that someone had said that you can't run the 64-bit Windows 7 clean/custom install from a 32 bit XP current installation. Since I would be doing the "upgrade/custom/clean" install of Windows 7 64 from inside my current 32 bit XP OS, I wondered if this would create a problem.
Also, the other issue that I still believe has not really been addressed by MS is what happens to those people (like me) who have OEM XP with no original system discs? What happens if my "upgrade/clean" Windows 7 install fails for some reason AFTER it has already verified and then wiped my XP install? One would think that you would not just be able to try again, because the whole point of the upgrade media is that you have to have an existing licensed OS for the Windows 7 install to work. And what if, six months down the road, I have to re-install Windows 7 for some reason? How is it going to verify the prior OS then?
I realize that some of these questions (maybe ALL of them!) have been asked ad nauseum in other threads/posts, but I still don't think we really have gotten answers. I wouldnt even care, except that I shelled out $150 on three pre-release "upgrades" to avoid having to pay for three full retail versions, and now I am somewhat concerned about the limitations that might be placed on how these upgrade installations will work. I am especially concerned about whether MS has really considered the number of people with OEM systems these days who don't have original system discs anymore to "verify their licenses", and how that would affect installation and re-installation of Windows 7, especially for those who "upgrade/clean install" their OS from OEM XP or Vista to Windows 7.
ps sorry if I am slightly OT