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Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7

13 Dec 2010   #280
dooglo

Window 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Have to say conrifmed here as well.

Installed this weekend. Wiped XP Pro 32 Bit and installed 64 Bit W7. No problems, found all drivers easily.

D.


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13 Dec 2010   #281
2therock

Win 10 Pro 64x
 
 

Same here for a 4 or 5 year old HP dv6000t laptop. wiped Vista 32 and Win 7 provided all drivers. I only had to make one change in installing a driver for a Belkin express-card N adapter. It gave me BSOD until I ran the driver in compatability mode. She is all good!
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19 Dec 2010   #282
coldy

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

this is the most important thread on the forums i reckon due to all the information on
windows 7 and how to do a proper installation and making sure its working fine..

thanks for all the great useful info
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19 Dec 2010   #283
2therock

Win 10 Pro 64x
 
 

When in doubt run it in compatibility mode.
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20 Dec 2010   #284
ErikT

W7 HP 32
 
 
Is this the whole story?

I did a clean install of W7 on a machine that previously ran Vista. To have a back-up I decided to invest some money in a new HD and install W7 there.

This all went fine, just as in your post, but it failed the last step: validation. During validation it was reported that the product key was invalid. I checked with MS Support and they bluntly put the blame on me: how could I expect an upgrade version to work on a new disk. It should be clear to anybody that you first would have to re-install Vista and then run the update.

I appealed this support answer at MS head office in my country and got a similar stupid answer: they would not be able to either enter my activation code or to provide a new activation code, because I had been so stupid to de a really clean install, and "everybody" would know that this would not work.

I gave up. I will have to live with the fact that Windows will tell me every time that I am running an illegal copy of W7.
So unless somebody comes with a real solution for this, this computer will run the rest of it's life with a "illegal" copy of W7.
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20 Dec 2010   #285
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Erik, and welcome to Seven Forums.

No worries. You just used the wrong tutorial since you have a "Upgrade" copy of Windows 7. This tutorial is for a "Full" copy instead. The tutorial below is the one that you need to follow instead for this.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Dec 2010   #286
ErikT

W7 HP 32
 
 

Thank you. I will try this procedure one of these days.
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20 Dec 2010   #287
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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25 Dec 2010   #288
johnnydaman

windows vista home premium 64bit
 
 

on step 7, on mine it shows 3 things. they are winre, vista and data, what one will i choose?
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25 Dec 2010   #289
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnnydaman View Post
on step 7, on mine it shows 3 things. they are winre, vista and data, what one will i choose?
Choose Vista.

Ref:
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...e-upgrade.html
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