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Windows 7: Upgrading to Windows 7 with XP upgrade


20 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
Upgrading to Windows 7 with XP upgrade

I have a Windows 7 upgrade disk and a XP upgrade disk so is there anyway to install Windows 7 from these two disk and a blank hard drive? I also have a windows 2000 disk.


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20 Feb 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

If you have a Windows 7 Upgrade disk and want to install Windows 7, just install it. You don't need to even use the XP disc.
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20 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lostsoul62 View Post
I have a Windows 7 upgrade disk and a XP upgrade disk so is there anyway to install Windows 7 from these two disk and a blank hard drive? I also have a windows 2000 disk.

If you have an XP upgrade license (not the same as an XP upgrade disk), that qualifies for the use of a Windows 7 upgrade. The normal way to run the upgrade is by launching it from a working qualifying OS. There are other ways, though:

http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/30622-doing-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html

You could violate the license agreement for Windows 7 if you install an upgrade version without having a qualifying OS (XP, Vista). That's also known as piracy.
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20 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 

I have a legal XP disk so when I put in the Windows 7 I figure it will ask me for the disk so I do Custom and it gives me an error message and wants to install again so when I say upgrade it say re-start and it brings me to a dos prompt with some symbels.
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20 Feb 2012   #5

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

The Windows 7 disc will not ask you for the XP disc, nor its Product Key.

If the hard drive has XP on it, you have to do a clean install rather than an upgrade install.

If there is nothing on the hard drive you care about, you may as well delete all partitions. If necessary, you can use Diskpart to clean existing partitions.

Is your Windows 7 disk a burned disk or bought in a store or what?
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20 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 

The bottem line is I just wanted to know if I had to install XP first. Office you don't. So I just went ahead and installed XP first and my Windows 7 upgrade. It's been a long time since I have done this. I have never upgraded to Windows 7 because I have a full edition. I have upgraded from one OS to other over 1,000 times so if you don't use it you lose it and I have lost it.
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20 Feb 2012   #7
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You do not need to have XP installed, but it saves time since you won't need to do the workaround given in the tutorial if the HD is blank: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

So boot the Windows 7 DVD, it will see an OS on the HD to allow use of the Upgrade version Product Key during install, follow these illustrated steps to install: Clean Install Windows 7
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