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Windows 7: Re-instal windows 7 upgrade Question

22 Dec 2009   #1

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Re-instal windows 7 upgrade Question

I am in the process of upgrading my mb and cpu,I have 7 home premium uprade 64 bit installed. Will I be able to install without Windows xp present on my computer? Thanks

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22 Dec 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Why not just make an image of your drive so you wont have to reinstall?? At worst you will need to re-activate it by phone..
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22 Dec 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spdracer View Post
I am in the process of upgrading my mb and cpu,I have 7 home premium uprade 64 bit installed. Will I be able to install without Windows xp present on my computer? Thanks
You should have no problem. Once you are up and running, try to install. When you get to the question about your key number, ignore it. You will continue to install. When you are done, try it for a while. Load up your programs. When you are satisified, give your number. There may be a small hitch and you may be given a phone number to call, when you may or may not have to talk to tech. After all is done you would be good to go At that juncture may a system image and put it in a safe place.
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22 Dec 2009   #4

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Why not just make an image of your drive so you wont have to reinstall?? At worst you will need to re-activate it by phone..
I've considered that option,actually I just noticed the sticky on this subject and may just go the format/clean install route. Decisions decisions.
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22 Dec 2009   #5

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There is always more than one way to acheive, a given goal. The right one is the one that makes you comfortable. If you choose the clean format approach, at least for you, that is the way to go. Good Luck and hope that we have helped.
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22 Dec 2009   #6

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Why not just make an image of your drive so you wont have to reinstall?? At worst you will need to re-activate it by phone..
I've been thinking a lot more about this option,would it not present a problem with the new chipset? If you install the saved image do you have everything that was installed before the re-install?
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22 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spdracer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Why not just make an image of your drive so you wont have to reinstall?? At worst you will need to re-activate it by phone..
I've been thinking a lot more about this option,would it not present a problem with the new chipset? If you install the saved image do you have everything that was installed before the re-install?
Yes. A system image is a complete copy of all your programs, files, and settings.
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22 Dec 2009   #8

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spdracer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Why not just make an image of your drive so you wont have to reinstall?? At worst you will need to re-activate it by phone..
I've been thinking a lot more about this option,would it not present a problem with the new chipset? If you install the saved image do you have everything that was installed before the re-install?
Yes. A system image is a complete copy of all your programs, files, and settings.
I take it you still need a clean install of 7 to accomplish this?
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22 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Depends on the method you use to backup. If you use Windows backup, all you need is a Repair Disc.
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22 Dec 2009   #10
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Just keep the Windows 7 installation on the HD and allow it to swap out the drivers for the new mobo when it starts up. It will ask for several restarts in the process.

I have done this quite a few times with no adverse effects.

Then use the link at Computer>Properties to refresh (change) the product key for the new hardware. It might require a robocall to MS to trade a series of numbers that deactivate the OS on the old hardware and activate the new.

If there are any performance issues, then you can run a Repair Install to acclimate the OS to the new hardware. This requires reactivation afterwards at Computer>properties.

Finally, you have the option to do the cleanest possible install which is to boot from the DVD, select Custom install, use Advanced drive tools to format before install.

Be sure to back up your files.
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