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Windows 7: Will downloaded Windows 7 backup disk do a clean install?


16 Apr 2014   #1

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Will downloaded Windows 7 backup disk do a clean install?

We have to wipe the disk on my daughter's Viao because of various infections. She does not have a backup disk for that computer. So before speaking with me she ordered Windows 7 through the discount program at the school where she teaches (nice discount too!). But as you can see from the capture below, she ordered a Win 7 upgrade, which I doubt will install on a clean disk. However, she also ordered the backup disk that doesn't mention "upgrade" in the title. What are the chances I could download that backup disk, burn it, and do a clean install? Or will the upgrade version actually do a clean install from an external drive or disk?



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16 Apr 2014   #2

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I don't know what Backup Disc means in this context. But there is "Backup Disc Information".
You can use the upgrade disc to clean install Windows 7. See Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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16 Apr 2014   #3

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Unfortunately it appears a clean install using the upgrade (which calls it a custom install) cannot be done on a wiped disk, probably because upgrade needs to verify the legitimacy of the existing os. But thanks for the link.
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16 Apr 2014   #4
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Use the disk provided in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 with the Product Key which came with the Student version. The tutorial will also assure you get and keep a perfect install, based on tens of thousands we've helped with here.

If you've already wiped the drive then when you boot the installation media to install it will not see an OS and reject the Upgrade key. So leave it blank and then after install do the quick registry workaround in Option 3 of Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version to activate on a new or wiped HD.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask back.
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18 Apr 2014   #5

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Thanks very much for the very thorough tutorials.

Question: In "How to Clean Reinstall a Factory OEM Windows 7", near the top of the page you refer to a "retail Upgrade Windows 7" with "retail" accented. Is it safe to assume the Professional version noted in my screen capture is indeed a retail version?

Also: Does the Window 7 Upgrade disk come with a product key or will I need to use the key from the OEM installed version?

Forgive me if these are stupid questions. And thanks very much for the work you have obviously put in here.
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18 Apr 2014   #6
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Yes, that Student deal would be retail since it didn't come preinstalled on the PC. Unless it specfies it's OEM version then it can be moved to any other PC, and all Windows 7 can be reinstalled as often as you want with the same license key.

For that reason, what about the Factory OEM license which came with the VAIO? Why not use the key which came with that instead of waste it's $100+ value? You can use the Pro Student deal on any other PC you want.
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19 Apr 2014   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes, that Student deal would be retail since it didn't come preinstalled on the PC. Unless it specfies it's OEM version then it can be moved to any other PC, and all Windows 7 can be reinstalled as often as you want with the same license key.

For that reason, what about the Factory OEM license which came with the VAIO? Why not use the key which came with that instead of waste it's $100+ value? You can use the Pro Student deal on any other PC you want.

Had my daughter scan the key on the bottom of the VIAO, It's totally legible, so that's what I'll try. Thanks again.
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19 Apr 2014   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Use the disk provided in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 with the Product Key which came with the Student version. The tutorial will also assure you get and keep a perfect install, based on tens of thousands we've helped with here.

If you've already wiped the drive then when you boot the installation media to install it will not see an OS and reject the Upgrade key. So leave it blank and then after install do the quick registry workaround in Option 3 of Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version to activate on a new or wiped HD.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask back.

Just one more question, I promis: Am I correct in assuming that if we use the OEM installed key on the VIAO that MS activation will match that key with the computer -- MAC #, for example -- we're upgrading? Is that how it works? It seems obvious now that I type out the question, but your confirmation would give me a little peace of mind. Thanks.
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19 Apr 2014   #9
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Are you using the Product Key on the COA sticker attached the the PC, or the one which came with the Student deal? You said you bought the Student deal. But if you already own a license on the PC and can read the product key on the COA sticker attached the the PC, then you should use that Key since it would be wasting it otherwise. You can use the Student deal on any other PC. But you can only use the OEM license on the COA sticker on that one PC.
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21 Apr 2014   #10

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Actually the deal does not involve a student version, but a Windows 7 Professional Upgrade that I expect to install where there is now Windows 7 Home Premium. Can I still use the Home Premium product key?

I know I promised no more questions, but since I've already asked one, how about this: will the Windows 7 Pro Upgrade allow me to wipe the disk in the partition phase or must I do that first?

Feel like I'm taking advantage here Gregrocker, but you really seem to know what you're talking about. And if you're tired of this thread I understand -- and thanks.
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