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Windows 7: How to reformat/reinstall an upgrade version of W7?

28 Feb 2010   #1
LOUISSSSS

Vista HP 64
 
 
How to reformat/reinstall an upgrade version of W7?

i bought the student upgrade version for $30 and so far its running okay, but just in case i want to reformat my hdd and need to reinstall the OS, how do i go about doing this?

its W7 HP 64... if that matters
i do have a .iso bootable DVD of W7 HP 64 that i can use to install on new PCs but that requires a CD key to activate.


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28 Feb 2010   #2
hubris

W7, Xp Pro
 
 

Hi,
Quote:
i bought the student upgrade version for $30 and so far its running okay, but just in case i want to reformat my hdd and need to reinstall the OS
Quote:
and so far its running okay
which OS is installed and reinstall which OS ?

eg. in your specs: OS Vista HP 64
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28 Feb 2010   #3
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

The same dvd and key you used can be used to reinstall windows but only on 1 pc.
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28 Feb 2010   #4
gregrocker

 

You can reinstall a retail copy of Win7 as often as you want.

If you change hardware, it requires a robocall to MS to trade numbers which deactivate the old hardware and activate the new.

Use the DVD you made from student download ISO to reinstall. The DVD will scan the HD upon bootup, see a prior OS and pass a flag to allow Upgrade version key. You can then delete, repartition and format the HD using Custom>Drive tools if you want.

Any installer can be used as long as it is your version Win7.
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28 Feb 2010   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LOUISSSSS View Post
i bought the student upgrade version for $30 and so far its running okay, but just in case i want to reformat my hdd and need to reinstall the OS, how do i go about doing this?

its W7 HP 64... if that matters
i do have a .iso bootable DVD of W7 HP 64 that i can use to install on new PCs but that requires a CD key to activate.
Have a read.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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28 Feb 2010   #6
LOUISSSSS

Vista HP 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hubris View Post
Hi,
Quote:
i bought the student upgrade version for $30 and so far its running okay, but just in case i want to reformat my hdd and need to reinstall the OS
Quote:
and so far its running okay
which OS is installed and reinstall which OS ?

eg. in your specs: OS Vista HP 64
currently i have w7 HP 64 and i want to reformat and install again w7 HP 64...

can i use a regukar w7 hp dvd i burned from .iso to install again just using the same "upgrade version" cd key?
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28 Feb 2010   #7
gregrocker

 

Yes.

Boot the DVD, use Custom Drive Tools to format over old installation and reinstall.
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28 Feb 2010   #8
LOUISSSSS

Vista HP 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes.

Boot the DVD, use Custom Drive Tools to format over old installation and reinstall.
even if the CD key i bought was an "upgrade" version? i didn't think i can do fresh installs like normal with it...
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28 Feb 2010   #9
gregrocker

 

As long as you have a qualifying XP or Vista on hand, you do not need to have it installed to use Upgrade version of Win7.

Read this: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

As stated, when you boot the Win7 DVD, it will see the previous install and that is enough to allow use of the Upgrade version key.
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28 Feb 2010   #10
LOUISSSSS

Vista HP 64
 
 

okay, got that, i'll keep that info in mind. thanks dude!
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