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Windows 7: How to do clean install Windows 7 upgrade on new drive

18 Oct 2009   #1

Vista Ultimate 64bit
 
 
How to do clean install Windows 7 upgrade on new drive

I own Windows Vista 64bit, and have ordered Windows 7 Professional 64bit upgrade. How do I do a clean installation of Windows 7 on a new hard drive? Thanks for your help IM

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18 Oct 2009   #2

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Hi Imageman

Have a look at these tutorial:

Clean Install Windows 7

Upgrade Install with Windows 7
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18 Oct 2009   #3

Windows Seven x64
 
 

If you install the upgrade disk on a NEW hard drive it will not work..According to Microsoft Website..(Microsoft Store)
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If you have Windows Vista, you can purchase Windows 7 Upgrade versions. You can do a clean install (back up your files, clean install, and reinstall your applications) or an in -place upgrade (Windows 7 installs over Windows Vista).
You need to have Windows Vista or XP in order to an upgrade.. You can do a clean install over Vista and XP.. BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE OS ON YOUR HARD DRIVE.. If you have a new hard drive with nothing on it you will need the FULL Version of Windows 7..

Hope this Helps...
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18 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Profesional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ryan2320 View Post
If you install the upgrade disk on a NEW hard drive it will not work..According to Microsoft Website..(Microsoft Store)
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If you have Windows Vista, you can purchase Windows 7 Upgrade versions. You can do a clean install (back up your files, clean install, and reinstall your applications) or an in -place upgrade (Windows 7 installs over Windows Vista).
You need to have Windows Vista or XP in order to an upgrade.. You can do a clean install over Vista and XP.. BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE OS ON YOUR HARD DRIVE.. If you have a new hard drive with nothing on it you will need the FULL Version of Windows 7..

Hope this Helps...
I also plan on putting Windows 7 upgrade on a new drive.

If I understand you correctly, the only way to do this is to install Vista first and then upgrade...

There is no other way? I was kind of hoping to avoid the Vista install.
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18 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imageman View Post
I own Windows Vista 64bit, and have ordered Windows 7 Professional 64bit upgrade. How do I do a clean installation of Windows 7 on a new hard drive? Thanks for your help IM
There is a way to do what you want to do but it involes installing a rc release or the enterpise free trial may work also. See this tutorial and then read the tip that is right below Here's How
Upgrade Install with Windows 7
Hope that this may work for you.
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18 Oct 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

You can install the Upgrade to a formatted second hard drive you connect to your p.c. Just start the upgrade from the XP/Vista hard drive and have it install to the second hard drive. No other drives should be attached.

When the upgrade is finished, remove the XP/Vista hard drive and plug the new Windows 7 upgrade hard drive into that cable and it should start up. Otherwise, run start up repair until it installs the bootloader.
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22 Oct 2009   #7

windows7 RC
 
 

Hey guys,
If you're interested I did some detailed testing of this tonight. Please see my post here:

Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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03 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 
A simple option

If you wipe out the hard drive or get a new drive for a clean install you will run into problems with the online registration. There are various work around for this. However, as an owner of Vista 64, you can do a clean install of Windows 7 using the Windows 7 Upgrade disk and then use a simple registry edit to allow registration: How to register windows 7 upgrade
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