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Windows 7: windows 7 professional install failure

25 May 2012   #21
davidgibbons111

Windows 7 pro
 
 

I do exactly that, and after I press enter on the clean command, it says immediately diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk - surely it should take at least an hour to clean a 750gb drive??


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25 May 2012   #22
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

No.

It takes a second or two.

The "clean all" command would take hours, but it is needed only if you are highly paranoid and trying to wipe a drive so that all info is unrecoverable--like when giving a drive away or selling it to someone.

You should have a clean drive.

If you'd feel better about it, do a clean all instead. Highly unlikely you would have a different result.

Reattempt your install.
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25 May 2012   #23
davidgibbons111

Windows 7 pro
 
 

I have now cleaned my whole drive, and used the windows home premium disk, and everything is dandy. Do you know, however, if the anytime upgrade will work without hitch?
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25 May 2012   #24
davidgibbons111

Windows 7 pro
 
 

And thank you so much for your expertise
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25 May 2012   #25
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davidgibbons111 View Post
I have now cleaned my whole drive, and used the windows home premium disk, and everything is dandy. Do you know, however, if the anytime upgrade will work without hitch?
Greg would know.

I'd guess it would, but let him comment on tactics.
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25 May 2012   #26
gregrocker

 

You have a WIn7 Professional key? Is it Anytime Upgrade key or retail key - Upgrade or full?

Keep in mind that almost no one needs the few expensive extra features in Professional and otherwise it is the exact same OS as Home Premium. Make sure you need this or else get the value of your Home Premium license which will be lost during the time it is qualifying for Professional upgrade: Compare Windows 7 Editions - Windows 7 Forums

To proceed save a Win7 backup image of Home Premium so you never have to reinstall it again and have a path back: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Then type Anytime in Start Search box, put in the Professional key to unlock its features. Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to - Windows 7 Forums

After its set up make another Pro backup image to use in place of reinstalling both OS's.
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26 May 2012   #27
davidgibbons111

Windows 7 pro
 
 

Okay, I have it up and running again now!!! but just if anyone has alien experience, will they install windows off a normal disk, or does it have to be alien branded?
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26 May 2012   #28
gregrocker

 

Like most any OEM Reinstallation DVD all that it gives you extra is the Dell/Alienware branding on the Properties page and baked-in activation using OEM-SLP.

Using a retail installer requires using the Product Key on COA sticker which changes to OEM-COA activation in MS Servers. Be sure to back up the Product Key in case the COA sticker becomes unreadable.
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