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Windows 7: Installing windows 7 on top af existing windows 7

22 Dec 2011   #11
emaraszek

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you have the new Windows 7 disc you just bought then this is pretty straightforward.

- Boot to the new disc
- Accept the terms, etc.
- Select "Custom"
- Use the drive menu that comes up to format the destination drive
- Install (kick back and relax)

That's it. Normally, "installing over" represents the process of upgrading from Vista to 7 or upgrading from a lower-end version of 7 to a higher-end version. This will preserve all of your files, settings, programs, etc and can be done by selecting "Upgrade" instead of "Custom"


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22 Dec 2011   #12
ngr

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

But I don't want to preserve anything, the whole thing started because I wanted to 'clean up' my HD
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22 Dec 2011   #13
ngr

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Oh, now I see, what you wrote :-)
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22 Dec 2011   #14
ngr

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

So I will start now and you will hopefully hear good news from me in a couple of hours.
Please pray for me :-)
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22 Dec 2011   #15
emaraszek

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ngr View Post
So I will start now and you will hopefully hear good news from me in a couple of hours.
Please pray for me :-)
Good luck! And be sure to keep that new sticker safe in case you ever need to reinstall again, no use spending all that money for something you already own
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22 Dec 2011   #16
ngr

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I surely will. It's expensive to be an old fool
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22 Dec 2011   #17
ngr

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I put the dvd in the drive, restart the computer - and it just start Windows like normally.
And now I see, that this is written on the DVD: "Contains Windows Anytime Upgrade" and "Contains Service Pack 1"
Does that not sound strange?
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22 Dec 2011   #18
emaraszek

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ngr View Post
I put the dvd in the drive, restart the computer - and it just start Windows like normally.
And now I see, that this is written on the DVD: "Contains Windows Anytime Upgrade" and "Contains Service Pack 1"
Does that not sound strange?
That only means that is a more up to date version so you won't have to download as many windows updates. Anytime upgrade is what I described before, where you keep all of your old files and switch versions of windows 7. You said you want to get rid of everything and start over so that doesn't apply to you.

The reason it booted into Windows and not the disc is because your PC must be set to boot from the hard drive before the optical drive. When first turn on the computer, there should be something on the bios screen that says which key you need to press to bring up the boot menu (for me it's F12). Simply turn on the computer and press the correct key repeatedly to bring up the boot menu and then select your optical drive
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22 Dec 2011   #19
gregrocker

 

Win7 Anytime Upgrade is only used to change to a higher version of Win7, not to clean reinstall Win7 as you wish.

If the COA sticker was wiped off the machine thus losing the Product Key which is needed to clean reintstall Win7, I would suggest you try running Factory Recovery from its partition or disks which should have been made when you set up your computer. These will self-activate so you don't have to buy a new Win7 license and lose the one which came with your computer.

Here's how to run Dell factory recovery: Dell Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings

If it won't run then your options are to call Dell Tech Support to order Recovery Disks or a Reinstallation DVD which will also self activate for a nominal charge, or try clean reinstalling with the Product Key audited off the HD which sometimes works when you call MS to Activate after install: Belarc Advisor - Use to Audit Product Key
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22 Dec 2011   #20
ngr

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

HELLOOOOOOOO
It worked!
Thank you VERY MUCH for your assistance, I really apprecaite it!
I have not installed mail yet, so I will not ne notified, but I'll be back later!
Niels
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