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Windows 7: Clean install win7 with upgrade disc

09 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home 64 Bit
 
 
Clean install win7 with upgrade disc

Well I was wanting to clean install win 7 to wipe my hard drive as it is full of junk and I plan on moving to a new pc. I was wanting to know two things -

1 - Would these method on this website http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/cle...rade_media.asp work to clean install

2 - If I take my hard drive and put it in a completely new computer would I get any activation issues if I were to clean install win 7 or if I just left the hard drive as it is would it have any problems

My copy of win 7 is Home premium and I downloaded it through the UK student deal although I bought a backup disc from them.

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09 Jul 2010   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wolf0x View Post
Well I was wanting to clean install win 7 to wipe my hard drive as it is full of junk and I plan on moving to a new pc. I was wanting to know two things -

1 - Would these method on this website http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/cle...rade_media.asp work to clean install

2 - If I take my hard drive and put it in a completely new computer would I get any activation issues if I were to clean install win 7 or if I just left the hard drive as it is would it have any problems
That is Paul Thurott's web site. He is something of guru and it is generally reliable.

There are guides on this forum on how to clean install from an upgrade disk.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

There isn't much to it. You boot from the disc and at some point you choose custom install and a bit later you choose what partitions you want to overwrite and wipe out.

About question 2, you might run into an activation problem. Not sure. Can you wait until the new PC arrives before attempting the installation? That should bypass any install problems.
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09 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply so what your saying is that I should wait until it arrives put my hard drive in it and then reinstall it?
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09 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wolf0x View Post
Well I was wanting to clean install win 7 to wipe my hard drive as it is full of junk and I plan on moving to a new pc. I was wanting to know two things -

1 - Would these method on this website http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/cle...rade_media.asp work to clean install

2 - If I take my hard drive and put it in a completely new computer would I get any activation issues if I were to clean install win 7 or if I just left the hard drive as it is would it have any problems
That is Paul Thurott's web site. He is something of guru and it is generally reliable.

There are guides on this forum on how to clean install from an upgrade disk.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

There isn't much to it. You boot from the disc and at some point you choose custom install and a bit later you choose what partitions you want to overwrite and wipe out.

About question 2, you might run into an activation problem. Not sure. Can you wait until the new PC arrives before attempting the installation? That should bypass any install problems.
Besides the potential of activation problems moving your HDD to another computer, I would imagine you'd run into driver conflicts as well.
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09 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home 64 Bit
 
 

Is there any way to avoid these
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09 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Wait until you get your new PC, and do a fresh install then.
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09 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home 64 Bit
 
 

would that work seeing as it's a upgrade copy or would I have to do what ignatzatsonic suggested above
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09 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Follow the link that ignatzatsonic posted previously.
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09 Jul 2010   #9

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Wolfox:

The link I gave you is for an upgrade disc.

The only difference between the upgrade disc and a full disc is that the upgrade disc requires that you have a previous qualifying version of Windows, such as XP or Vista. The qualifying version doesn't even have to be installed---you could start with an absolutely blank and brand new hard drive if you wanted to.
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09 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Moving the hdd to a new comp with Windows 7 upgrade already installed AND activated will definitely deactivate windows UNLESS the mobos on the 2 machines are identical or very close. When you activate retail (an upgrade disk installs retail Windows 7), MS servers scoop up a hardware hash based on various hardware present on that machine. The hardware with the highest weightage in this process is the mobo, thats why hitching the hdd to a different mobo will result in loss of activation.

So, hang on, as others have advised.
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