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Windows 7: Need to resintall Win 7 Pro Upgrade. Cant find disk...Can i use an iso

22 Mar 2014   #1
ExNavy11

Windows 7 RTM
 
 
Need to resintall Win 7 Pro Upgrade. Cant find disk...Can i use an iso

I upgraded a 32 bit Win XP to Win 7 Pro a while back. I am having major issues with a program and the only solution right now it to reinstall the OS. Ive backed up my files already but not sure if I can reinstall an Upgrade over the same Upgrade version.

Can I simply download a Win 7 Pro 32 iso and use my Upgrade key?


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22 Mar 2014   #2
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Yes- you can do a repair install..
Repair Install
Make sure that you enter the Key on request, or you'll have to do it again.

If you want to do a clean install, then you'll need to do the double-install method -
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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22 Mar 2014   #3
ExNavy11

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

Ok. Im downloading a Win 7 Pro 32 iso now. Ill have to do the Clean method since its the only way I know my issue will be fixed.
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22 Mar 2014   #4
ExNavy11

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

Looking over the link, what exactly is the double install portion? I dont see it mentioned in the tutorial? Is there another step Im going to have to take?
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22 Mar 2014   #5
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

It's Option 2 4 in Brink's list - and the only one of the three that is officially supported by MS.

(sorry - misread it myself!)
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22 Mar 2014   #6
ExNavy11

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

Ah ok. Only issue is, I dont have an actual Upgrade disk anymore.
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22 Mar 2014   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

That's OK - the only thing different between an Upgrade disk and a full Retail disk (the ISO you're downloading) is the Key

Simply use the downloaded ISO (after burning it to disk) the same way.
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22 Mar 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

In addition read over these same steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

You will get and keep a perfect install to the exact extend you stick with the tools and methods in the tutorial.
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