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Windows 7: Is it possible to clean install?


30 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Is it possible to clean install?

Hi everyone. I'm about to buy the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade version. Is it possible to do a clean install from it? (I have a preinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium on my pc). If not, what is the preferred product to do this?


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30 Jan 2012   #2

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Take a look at this:
Windows Anytime Upgrade - Upgrade your Windows 7 edition - Microsoft Windows

No install files needed.
Only the Upgrade key is need.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
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30 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If it was me, once I bought a version, I would then download the .iso file I needed that corresponded to my license key and platform (32 or 64 bit) from the usual MyDigitalLife link. Then, you can do a full, clean install the normal way, and pop in your key a few days later when you are happy with it.
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30 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok thanks but if I want to reinstall Windows 7 (fresh install), do I have to use the full version disc of any kind of Windows 7 (HP, Professional, Ultimate)?
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30 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
If it was me, once I bought a version, I would then download the .iso file I needed that corresponded to my license key and platform (32 or 64 bit) from the usual MyDigitalLife link. Then, you can do a full, clean install the normal way, and pop in your key a few days later when you are happy with it.
Just saw your post. Thanks (Sorry about the double post).
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30 Jan 2012   #6
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vonskies View Post
Hi everyone. I'm about to buy the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade version. Is it possible to do a clean install from it? (I have a preinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium on my pc). If not, what is the preferred product to do this?
Hello Vonskies,

Yes, you can do a clean install with a upgrade copy of Windows 7. The tutorial below can help show you how to.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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30 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you so much I'll come back here later if I have problems.
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30 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Quite true that this can be easily done. Also read it in one of Livingstone's NewsLetters a long time back.

But why doesn't Microsoft advertise this feature? And does Microsoft considers it legal? I understand though I am not sure, that an upgrade DVD is very much cheaper than an OEM DVD.


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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vonskies View Post
Hi everyone. I'm about to buy the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade version. Is it possible to do a clean install from it? (I have a preinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium on my pc). If not, what is the preferred product to do this?
Hello Vonskies,

Yes, you can do a clean install with a upgrade copy of Windows 7. The tutorial below can help show you how to.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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30 Jan 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Wanchoo,

Microsoft allowed this option so that owners of legal copies of a qualifying OS (ex: Vista) do not have to install it first, then upgrade to Windows 7. Instead, they will be allowed to install a clean copy of Windows 7 directly. They did this to make it convenient and easier for their customers.

If you do not have a legally owned qualifying copy of a OS to be eligible for the upgrade copy of Windows 7 instead of having to buy a full copy of Windows 7, then you are violating the Microsoft EULA and would be considered to be the same as having an illegal copy of Windows 7.
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30 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Thank you so much for this clarification.
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