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Windows 7: Installing 7 from desktop

05 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 HP x64
Installing 7 from desktop

Ok so I legally own Vista 64* Ultimate before I get yelled at for doing something dodgy. I plan on upgrading to Windows 7 directly from my Windows 7 RC without rolling back to Vista first by using a simple hack. This hack involves copying the files from the install DVD to my desktop and changing a file. The question I have is after I do this will it be safe to just run the setup.exe file from my desktop or an external hard drive or should I create a bootable USB first and run from that?

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05 Nov 2009   #2

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

You will have a couple of options, as you own Vista 64bit Ultimate.
We have reports that Win7 upgrade will accept Win7 RC as a previous OS and install and Activate. Now if MS will accept that is yet to be seen. As long as you know the prerequisites and EULA, don't want you to have any problems later.

You should be able to install it without the hack, I would try it first.

Check this Seven Forums tutorial Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version.

I don't think I would run it from the desktop, a non-target partition or external HD will work.

Install Windows 7 Without Using Any External Device

USB memory key is good also, Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

I would use the external HD or USB key, these are much better than a DVD.
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 Installing 7 from desktop

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