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Windows 7: Installing upgrade Windows 7 onto new PC

29 May 2013   #1
BertieBassett

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 
Installing upgrade Windows 7 onto new PC

A quick and hopefully simple question please:

New PC is being built with my existing Windows 7 OS being used. The plan is to put this onto a new SSD drive where it will sit in solitary splendour.

I am told that I will actually need to buy a new FULL copy of Windows 7 as my upgrade disk won't work. I explained that I have still have the Vista Home premium 32 bit (full) that came with my old PC but was told that, even using that first and then my upgrade, wont get me to 64bit; it would just give me Windows 7 32bit. I'm a little confused as, when I bought the upgrade disk, I reformatted my HDD and it upgraded to Windows 7 64bit with no problems.

Can somebody please confirm who is correct? Many thanks


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29 May 2013   #2
theog

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You can not use a OEM version of Vista from your old PC, to upgrade your new PC.
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29 May 2013   #3
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BertieBassett View Post
I reformatted my HDD and it upgraded to Windows 7 64bit with no problems.

Can somebody please confirm who is correct? Many thanks
you formatted the HDD so it was NOT an upgrade
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29 May 2013   #4
BertieBassett

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BertieBassett View Post
I reformatted my HDD and it upgraded to Windows 7 64bit with no problems.

Can somebody please confirm who is correct? Many thanks
you formatted the HDD so it was NOT an upgrade
Apologies for lack of clarity:

I reformatted the HDD, reinstalled Vista and then ran the Windows 7 upgrade disk
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29 May 2013   #5
Kaktussoft

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You can't upgrade a 32bits OS to an 64bits OS.
You want to do a in place upgrade from either a 32-bit version of Windows Vista to a 32-bit version of Windows 7, or a 64-bit version of Windows Vista to a 64-bit version of Windows 7. You cannot upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit. You can only do a clean install from 32-bit to 64-bit, or from 64-bit to 32-bit.

source: Upgrade Install with Windows 7
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But you can do a clean install with an upgrade CD! Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

So what's exactly your problem?
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29 May 2013   #6
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BertieBassett View Post
A quick and hopefully simple question please:

New PC is being built with my existing Windows 7 OS being used. The plan is to put this onto a new SSD drive where it will sit in solitary splendour.

I am told that I will actually need to buy a new FULL copy of Windows 7 as my upgrade disk won't work. I explained that I have still have the Vista Home premium 32 bit (full) that came with my old PC but was told that, even using that first and then my upgrade, wont get me to 64bit; it would just give me Windows 7 32bit. I'm a little confused as, when I bought the upgrade disk, I reformatted my HDD and it upgraded to Windows 7 64bit with no problems.

Can somebody please confirm who is correct? Many thanks
Why not simply clone the current win7 disk to SSD? Then you still have all your programs, settings and documents. To many files on current harddisk and it won't fit on SSD? .... Move documents and pictures and music an so on temporary to an external disk.

If you want this upgrade path... post screenshot of disk managemnt please with all fields visible. And say how large SSD is. After that I'll give you more instructions
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29 May 2013   #7
BertieBassett

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You can't upgrade a 32bits OS to an 64bits OS.
You want to do a in place upgrade from either a 32-bit version of Windows Vista to a 32-bit version of Windows 7, or a 64-bit version of Windows Vista to a 64-bit version of Windows 7. You cannot upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit. You can only do a clean install from 32-bit to 64-bit, or from 64-bit to 32-bit.

source: Upgrade Install with Windows 7
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But you can do a clean install with an upgrade CD! Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

So what's exactly your problem?
It was a clean install with an upgrade CD I was getting at - just not clever enough to have the correct terminology. To me I went from Vista 32 to Windows 7 64 so that was me upgrading! The problem is that the store building the new machine said it couldn't be done and wanted to charge 100 for a new full copy of Windows 7. Hence my request for clarification.
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29 May 2013   #8
Kaktussoft

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Never go to that store again... really complete nonsense what they tell you.
Windows installer did let you do a CLEAN install becuase another win os (vista) was found.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version pretty easy.

Why not simply clone as asked before?
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29 May 2013   #9
BertieBassett

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Never go to that store again... really complete nonsense what they tell you.
Windows installer did let you do a CLEAN install becuase another win os (vista) was found.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version pretty easy.

Why not simply clone as asked before?
Basically, because I naively assumed they would know the best way of doing it as they were professionals

I knew nothing about cloning so couldn't suggest this to them and I fear that they have now proceeded with the clean install.
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29 May 2013   #10
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BertieBassett View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Never go to that store again... really complete nonsense what they tell you.
Windows installer did let you do a CLEAN install becuase another win os (vista) was found.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version pretty easy.

Why not simply clone as asked before?
Basically, because I naively assumed they would know the best way of doing it as they were professionals

I knew nothing about cloning so couldn't suggest this to them and I fear that they have now proceeded with the clean install.
They could have put the old disk in new machine. Or clone the old disk to new disk. Or make a backup from old disk to external disk, afterward restore the backup to new disk (if cloning was impossible in case both disks can't attached to 1 system the same time).

After that the new system won't boot because it's confused about a wrong sata driver. https://www.dropbox.com/home/Paragon...tive%20Restore (pdf manual included) can fix it easily and fast. Of course they have to install new drivers later from motherboard install CD or from some website (they have to do that anyway).

Or they could have done this Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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Old disk is still available?
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