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Windows 7: Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


22 Oct 2009   #41

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I spotted this:
"You can also upgrade from a pre-release build of Windows 7 to a more recent version of the operating systems."

in this Windows 7 Technical Library Roadmap (TechNet) article published today (and updated today):

Step-by-Step: Windows 7 Upgrade and Migration

The page has changed a couple times since it was originally published earlier today. I wish I had taken screenshots...... for posterity.

I wonder if this is MS making good (in a reduced way) on the original promise (that was rescinded, then re-promised, then not much heard-about) that beta testers would get a copy of Windows 7.


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22 Oct 2009   #42

Mac OS X Leopard, Windows 7 RC 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

I'm confused. I was running Windows 7 RC 64-Bit and did a clean install using my Home Premium 64-Bit Upgrade disc. It went through and installed correctly, but it won't take my Product Key. It says that it's invalid.

What do I do next? I have my old Windows XP Home Edition Key and my new Windows 7 Home Premium "Upgrade" Version.
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22 Oct 2009   #43

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unholymist View Post
I'm confused. I was running Windows 7 RC 64-Bit and did a clean install using my Home Premium 64-Bit Upgrade disc. It went through and installed correctly, but it won't take my Product Key. It says that it's invalid.

What do I do next? I have my old Windows XP Home Edition Key and my new Windows 7 Home Premium "Upgrade" Version.
the win 7 RC was ultimate version, yours is now premium. did your format your drive when you did the clean install?
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22 Oct 2009   #44
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jackdawg View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
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Did you delete the partition outside or inside the windows 7 setup?
I am basically trying to find out whether there was any for the Windows 7 upgrade setup to detect a previous version of Windows.
I used the Custom Advanced tools on the booted Windows 7 Upgrade installer to Delete and then Format the HDD.

There was an un-activated RTM underneath. Before that it was zeroed.
This case is exactly similar to mine. Working and activated.
As I said earlier, maybe the new Windows 7 is using previous RTM copy to make it a 'legitimate' upgrade.
Definitely not checking for activation, with a previous Win 7 RTM.
I have spent the past year reading Technet, TechRepublic and Windows 7 Team blogs. Everything revealed was that the Upgrade would have to be started from the qualifying OS, that no key would be asked for as since XP, that after foreclosing the Vista "upgrade over upgrade" trick, there was no longer any possibility of installing an Upgrade from boot.

Then there were knowing hints from MVP's that activation "might" be detectable from boot and that this might still be an option. An email recently sent to zrtom from MS store pointed in that direction.

I feel like a sucker for MS EUL'ese but at the same time am so glad to know that Upgrades will be as valuable and streamlined as retail. I should have paid attention to LIW2's hint dropped the other night that the Upgrade keys were likely retail, since he is never wrong about anything.
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22 Oct 2009   #45
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zrtom View Post
I spotted this:
"You can also upgrade from a pre-release build of Windows 7 to a more recent version of the operating systems."

in this Windows 7 Technical Library Roadmap (TechNet) article published today (and updated today):

Step-by-Step: Windows 7 Upgrade and Migration

The page has changed a couple times since it was originally published earlier today. I wish I had taken screenshots...... for posterity.

I wonder if this is MS making good (in a reduced way) on the original promise (that was rescinded, then re-promised, then not much heard-about) that beta testers would get a copy of Windows 7.

So you think these are retail keys and only in the pre-orders? Wow, hadn't thought of it, but MS is known to have a generous streak as wide as the world.

BTW Congratulations for being correct in your brilliant interpretation of the MS Store rep's email to you. It went right by me what they had to be saying. You got it right, and I was spreading MS cover story - UNLESS those retail keys are only for pre-orders which would make your right again!
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22 Oct 2009   #46

Mac OS X Leopard, Windows 7 RC 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unholymist View Post
I'm confused. I was running Windows 7 RC 64-Bit and did a clean install using my Home Premium 64-Bit Upgrade disc. It went through and installed correctly, but it won't take my Product Key. It says that it's invalid.

What do I do next? I have my old Windows XP Home Edition Key and my new Windows 7 Home Premium "Upgrade" Version.
the win 7 RC was ultimate version, yours is now premium. did your format your drive when you did the clean install?
Yeah. All I have on that drive is Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit.
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22 Oct 2009   #47

Windows 7 x64 RC
 
 
Clean Windows 7 Install with Upgrade Media

Is it possible to perform a clean install (on a blank hard drive) with Windows 7 Upgrade media?

I tested this out today and Yes, this is possible.

In short, boot your computer from the Windows 7 DVD select a custom install. Let it install on your system, when prompted for a serial number leave it blank and finish the steps in the activation wizard. This will allow you to use the software in a 30 day evaluation mode. Note at this point you will not be able to activate the software as it will return "Code: 0xC004F061 Description: The software licensing service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations." Then insert the DVD into your computer (if not already in there) and this time select an "upgrade." Once this reinstallation process has finished you should enter the serial number provided with the upgrade media and it will activate successfully!
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22 Oct 2009   #48

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
So you think these are retail keys and only in the pre-orders? Wow, hadn't thought of it, but MS is known to have a generous streak as wide as the world.

BTW Congratulations for being correct in your brilliant interpretation of the MS Store rep's email to you. It went right by me what they had to be saying. You got it right, and I was spreading MS cover story - UNLESS those retail keys are only for pre-orders which would make your right again!

Thanks bud!
I must say I'm not holding my breath on any of this. I feel that MS could change the "rules" at any moment and what you got activated today might not activate tomorrow.....or a week from tomorrow. Hell, they've already changed their "Step by Step" guide and it's only day one.
As for the retail keys, pre-orders, etc. I wasn't thinking anything really.... and for good reason. I think that trying to out-think Microsoft will lead to certain insanity.
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22 Oct 2009   #49

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Hi I was just coming back to check on you . I got you some more info. this is a complete tutorial on how to do it Clean Install Windows 7
Based on that tutorial, why should I not "register" it in the first place and do it after? Just to make sure it installs correctly?
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22 Oct 2009   #50

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Basically I am stuck right now on what I should do. (I will not have the DVD until tomorrow, so I am just prepping.)

I feel like I should just be inserting the DVD, booting from it, "custom" installing it and clicking the "format" button.

Is there any reason to go through the step of reformatting BEFORE booting from the Windows 7 DVD?
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