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Windows 7: Dbanning/wiping out HD, can I use windows 7 OEM or Windows 8 upgrade?


26 Jan 2013   #1

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Dbanning/wiping out HD, can I use windows 7 OEM or Windows 8 upgrade?

I'm guessing it overwrites all the partitions.

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26 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

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As long as you have a COA with your key, a Windows 7 oem should work.

Don`t think you have to have Windows 7 installed to do the 8 upgrade, but you do have to have the qualifying Windows 7 information available, ID# Key etc. I`m no expert on doing upgrades that way.
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26 Jan 2013   #3

windows 7
 
 

i dont know what a coa or key, does that come with the above link?

what about a windows 8 upgrade, can that be installed on a wiped HD with no partition/trace of original windows OS? dont understand why microsoft doesn't release the retail version now.
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26 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

The Certificate of Authenticity is a sticker on your pc or laptop with your windows keycode encoded on it. You need the key to do a clean install. Unless you have your oem disc which will auto activate windows.

This is oem, you don`t need retail.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...4603&CatId=306
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26 Jan 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, you can Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade.

How is your original Windows 7 licensed? Did it come preinstalled on the PC (with a COA sticker which Brian refers to above) or is it a retail copy? You need a qualifying copy of Windows 7 to use Win8 upgrade version. Otherwise buy the Builder's OEM version.

If you have a Windows 7 license, I would try Win8 for 30 days before it must be activated, then if you don't want it you can wipe the HD and reinstall Windows 7.
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26 Jan 2013   #6

windows 7
 
 

my laptop came pre-installed with windows 7 and it has a program where i must burn 6 CDs. it isnt working for me and i hate the hassle. i dont see any windows key on my laptop. i dont have any CD, many laptops no longer come with a recovery disk or hard copy of windows. lame i know.

the instructions you list assumes the partition is still available. DBAN wipes the entire drive, im wondering if the windows 8 upgrade - which is this - Buy Windows - Microsoft Windows - can install on a drive that is dbanned. it is different than formatting as you know.

so??
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26 Jan 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Every PC sold with preinstalled Windows 7 must have a COA sticker on it. Look on the bottom or under the battery if its a Dell. That is your ticket to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 as well as use the Upgrade version for Win8.

I don't know why you're all concerned about DBanning the HD. There's no difference between that and deleting all partitions during a booted install as shown in Steps 6/7 of Clean Install Windows 7 which is also available on booted Win8 install. Only if you have installation issues do we recommend wiping the HD with Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command to clear code from the boot sector. The only reason to do a full DBAN or Clean All command is to make data irretrievable by most means, and has no performance or troubleshooting benefit whatsoever.
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26 Jan 2013   #8

windows 7
 
 

im reselling the computer and always dban them, but usually i have a recovery disk (desktops for example). it's the only program i trust. after a dban can i reinstall windows 7 OEM or windows 8 upgrade?
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26 Jan 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Do you have a COA sticker with Product Key for the Windows 7 OEM version? What is the PC brand, or is it retail OEM which also has a COA sticker with Product Key?
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26 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Wow, back to your original question, so

Drop the disc in and try to install windows, that`s it, get the job done. Come on Man

There`s only 1 way to find out Just do it.
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