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Windows 7: Install Vista to upgrade to 7

19 Dec 2013   #1
moults

windows 7
 
 
Install Vista to upgrade to 7

Hi

I am getting a nice new SSD (good old Santa) next week and want to do a clean install to start from fresh, the problem I have is that the disk I have is a Windows Pro 64 upgrade which means I have to install Vista before I can install Windows 7 which drives me mad going through the process twice. Is there a way around this or do I have to purchase a new OEM disk?


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19 Dec 2013   #2
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

I think you are right. If you have that disk, you have to install Vista first and then upgrade to 7. Or we can wait for other experts to comment on this.
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19 Dec 2013   #3
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moults View Post
Hi

I am getting a nice new SSD (good old Santa) next week and want to do a clean install to start from fresh, the problem I have is that the disk I have is a Windows Pro 64 upgrade which means I have to install Vista before I can install Windows 7 which drives me mad going through the process twice. Is there a way around this or do I have to purchase a new OEM disk?
Installing Vista first & then upgrading to 7 will save you the cost of a new licence or an OEM disc. You can use the 7 upgrade for an installation without installing Vista first but when I did that I had all sorts of problems get it activated by phone. So you may have to end up buying a new licence.

Before you start the the OS installation on your new SSD disconnect all other drives first, otherwise you can have all sorts of problems with the OS going onto the wrong drive.
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19 Dec 2013   #4
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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19 Dec 2013   #5
moults

windows 7
 
 

Thanks guys now all I have to do is wait for Santa to bring my pressie!!
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19 Dec 2013   #6
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moults View Post
Hi

I am getting a nice new SSD (good old Santa) next week and want to do a clean install to start from fresh, the problem I have is that the disk I have is a Windows Pro 64 upgrade which means I have to install Vista before I can install Windows 7 which drives me mad going through the process twice. Is there a way around this or do I have to purchase a new OEM disk?
You are much better off doing both because as the others mentioned; you will likely have less issues etc getting it to upgrade and or licensed.
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19 Dec 2013   #7
gregrocker

 

It is incorrect that one must install Vista first to use Upgrade version of Win7. On a new SSD boot the Win7 installer to do a Clean Install Windows 7 leaving the Product Key blank during install.

Afterwards do the quick Option 3 registry workaround in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version to allow use of Upgrade version key to activate Win7 Upgrade version on a cleaned or new HD.
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