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Windows 7: Best way to clean reinstall a previously upgraded copy of Windows?

18 Mar 2015   #11
PatrickGSR94

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I just opened Anytime Upgrade on the laptop, entered the key from the printed email, and off it went upgrading from Home Premium to Ultimate.

Thanks everyone for your help.


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18 Mar 2015   #12
gregrocker

 

There is no download media with an Anytime Upgrade, just a key that unlocks the features in the higher version in a few minutes as you found.

Now be sure to save a Win7 backup image of the finished product so you never have to do the double install again. This and other tips that will assure you'll get and keep a perfect install are detailed in Clean Reinstall Windows 7 .
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18 Mar 2015   #13
PatrickGSR94

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well, I've already installed Office 2007 and other software on it. Plus I don't have a spare HDD handy to keep an image on it.
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18 Mar 2015   #14
gregrocker

 

Most prefer to save their images on an external hard drive. If you're the office IT guy then you should have access to one.

And you want it to be the finished Product with all your programs that is preserved, which is why I said "finished product."
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19 Mar 2015   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did you think I didn`t know HP meant Home Premium ? LOL

And your key was for an English retail Win7 Pro Upgrade ? and it said English wasn`t available for it ? Really, what is going on here
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19 Mar 2015   #16
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post

Also I just tried the Microsoft Software Recovery page and put in the key for a retail Win7 Pro Upgrade DVD I have, and it did not work. It said the language I selected (English) was not available for the product I was eligible for. WTF??
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post

And your key was for an English retail Win7 Pro Upgrade ? and it said English wasn`t available for it ? Really, what is going on here

Yeah, this is what I got when trying my Pro upgrade key (English)


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20 Mar 2015   #17
PatrickGSR94

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Most prefer to save their images on an external hard drive. If you're the office IT guy then you should have access to one.

And you want it to be the finished Product with all your programs that is preserved, which is why I said "finished product."
Well as I said, we're a small office with no dedicated IT staff. We have less than 10 people in the office on a regular basis, a single Windows server, with only about 15 separate domain users and 15 computers. I'm in the architecture field (architecture office), and I just happen to know the most about IT-related stuff. Most of my time is spent designing and drawings buildings.

We simply don't keep spare hard drives on hand in the office. If a HDD goes out I usually order a new one from Newegg and it gets here the next day with free shipping since we're really close to one of their distribution warehouses, less than 20 miles away actually.

I now have Win7 with SP1 slipstreamed on a USB stick, which will save me some time with future installs on any machine. If I could get all the updates loaded on there also, that would be awesome. I haven't found a way to quickly get all the MSU files, though. I've looked at Portable Update and other things which seems like it downloads mostly EXE and CAB files.
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20 Mar 2015   #18
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post

Also I just tried the Microsoft Software Recovery page and put in the key for a retail Win7 Pro Upgrade DVD I have, and it did not work. It said the language I selected (English) was not available for the product I was eligible for. WTF??
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post

And your key was for an English retail Win7 Pro Upgrade ? and it said English wasn`t available for it ? Really, what is going on here

Yeah, this is what I got when trying my Pro upgrade key (English)
Yea I believe the unsupported language is "upgrade"
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20 Mar 2015   #19
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You are in a business so I would suggest getting permission from some body to get extra hard drives for backups and emergencies. If a Server hard drive go down your little business is out of business.
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20 Mar 2015   #20
gregrocker

 

What I do when someone I install for doesn't have a spare hard drive is shrink C by a little more than the size of it's used space, then create a partition there to store the backup image. This effectively becomes the Recovery partition for all cases except HD failure.

That same image can be adjusted to boot on other hardware using Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD.

Or you can SysPrep to move HD to another computer so it starts up ready for a new user to set it up. This can then be imaged and applied to any PC taking that version of Win7.
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