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Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7

30 Oct 2009   #130
TRehman

Vista
 
 

Brink,

Thanks so much for posting this tutorial. I plan on following it when I upgrade to W7.

However, I have one small silly question that I hope you can help with. I keep reading that Windows7 Upgrade requires a previously-installed OS, so I had assumed that all the installation methods on the Upgrade DVD required an OS verification. However, your tutorial states that the clean install works on a blank hard drive -- therefore, does this mean that the clean install will work without an OS reglardless of what media you use to perform the clean install?

I know the answer may be obvious but I just want to confirm that a clean install doesn't require an OS even if it's performed by an upgrade DVD.

Thanks a lot,
T.


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30 Oct 2009   #131
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello T. Rehman, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Correct, you can install a retail Upgrade on a blank system without another OS installed, but you need to own a qualifying copy of Vista for it to be legal and meet the EULA.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Oct 2009   #132
TRehman

Vista
 
 

Shawn,

Thank you for your reply, it's really appreciated.

Yes, I do own a copy of Vista but I was just trying to figure out what my options are. I had read that the old OS is deactivated after the upgrade so I was worried about having to reinstall W7 in the future without an activated version of Vista. But I think I will create a backup image of W7 for the future, as recommended by gregrocker in another thread.

Thanks again, Shawn!!!!
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30 Oct 2009   #133
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome. You will have no problem doing a clean install with only the upgrade then.
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01 Nov 2009   #134
boiclelayn

vista
 
 
brink, some correction needed in the reg process!

brother, OS action says that its optional which is not true, either make it mandatory or remove 'option'.
anyways, let me congrats u on ur initiative on starting this forum 4 ppl like us. its very simple n helpful, not to mention the screenshots. may god bless u... another thing, i had win xp pro on my laptop with a good processor but only with 512 mb ram. this OS started goofing up so i tried another XP in parallel with the old xp... for some reason i cudn't able to install the latter xp. now d situation is that my laptop doesn't even start. on the OS choice screen, it says 1, ms xp 2, ms xp setup. on choosing either of the two it doesn't get me anywhere n i tried even with the xp installation disk in the drive but still no success. the laptop just restarts by itself on choosing either one of them. ok leave this thing aside, out of curiosity, plz lemme know that if i get win 7 installation disk n put it in the drive, will my laptop be able to start the installation process n successfully able to install win 7... i am sure all my hardware is just fine? going back in the discussion, let me tell u that i have multiple xp installation disks for xp and i tried with all of them and my laptop still hangs in after choosing the OS, so dont be of the view dat my disks might have gone bad.
ur help will be appreciated, btw, i am from india and my name is navjot singh.
again, u AND UR FORUM ROCKS. CAN U CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL COZ I MAY LOOSE THE URL FOR UR FORUM, there r just so may forums like this, but dis one is amonst d top.
take care man!
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01 Nov 2009   #135
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Navjot Singh, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like it could bea bad hard drive if you can't get that many XP installation discs to install on it.

Windows 7 requires a minimum of 1GB of RAM and 16GB (plus what you want to install) of free hard drive space to be able to be installed. If you only have 512MB of RAM, Windows 7 may not be able to install on it.
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04 Nov 2009   #136
sukh23

windows 7
 
 

i have a weird question about the clean install but lets say I have windows 7 home premium because i upgraded from vista. i was wondering if i could now do a clean install instead because i want to have my system free of any errors. i have already entered my product key for when i upgraded, would i have any problems with it if i was to now do a clean install?
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04 Nov 2009   #137
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

Yes you can, but you must be careful that you format with the Win 7 disc at the time of your re install.
The win installer will see you present legal version and set a flag in RAM. It knows you are entitled to upgrade, and 'remembers' even after you format the partition in preparation for your new clean install.

Re enter your 25 digit Win 7 key when asked, and all should be well.

Note: Go NOT switch off your computer during the process at any time or the validation flag will be lost.
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04 Nov 2009   #138
Techymike

windows 7 home premium 64, and Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

I just read the entire section. If you create a back up of files from the back up wizard in Vista 64 bit and then do a clean install with the upgrade of windows 7 home premium, can you then install the restore of the back up disk to have Vista as it was but a cleaned and fresh HD install of windows 7? I can do the simple upgrade as I have a valid Vista 64 version but I think a fresh install might be better to clean up what ever is lingering on the HD.
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05 Nov 2009   #139
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Mike,

You could do a Custom install (without formating) from Vista to Windows 7 to have all files from Vista placed into the C:\Windows.old folder in Windows 7 when installation is complete. You can then copy any files from this folder back into Windows 7. When done copying files, you can delete the Windows.old folder to have a clean install of Windows 7 left with whatever files of Vista you copied over.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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