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Windows 7: Stuck installing upgrade on new ssd drive

09 Jan 2013   #1
whatsthatsound

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Stuck installing upgrade on new ssd drive

I forgot my win7 ultimate cd was an upgrade and installed it, now can't get out of the install to install win7 pro How do you back out/cancel install on brand new ssd?


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09 Jan 2013   #2
TwoCables

 

You don't have to. When you install clean with the Upgrade, you literally upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 7. It works like this:
  1. When you are asked for the Product Key during the installation, leave it blank (it allows you to).
  2. Deselect the option that automatically activates Windows when you're online
  3. Finish the installation
  4. When you get to the desktop, reinsert the DVD
  5. Choose the Upgrade installation type
  6. Enter the Product Key when you are asked for it
  7. Activate
  8. Enjoy.
I have done this many times now, and I learned it from here: http://winsupersite.com/article/wind...-upgrade-media
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09 Jan 2013   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

You simply clean install Pro.
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09 Jan 2013   #4
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You simply clean install Pro.
That's true. I guess what I didn't think of is, the Pro disc is already opened so he can't return it and just keep Ultimate.
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09 Jan 2013   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

And the fact that he would need a qualifying OS to be able to activate it.
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09 Jan 2013   #6
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
And the fact that he would need a qualifying OS to be able to activate it.
I never did, and neither did my friend.

I learned about it from this:

Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media | Windows 7 content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

I'm not saying that I support or recommend or advocate the act of buying Windows 7 Upgrade to do this if Windows 7 is your first operating system ever. Both my friend and I own legit copies of XP, so all we were doing was a superior installation method.

The same holds true for Windows 8 because Paul Thurrott has a guide for Windows 8 too.
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10 Jan 2013   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

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