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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

24 Oct 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

How to Do a Clean Install with an Upgrade Windows 7 Version


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27 Oct 2009   #10
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Bigmck,

Since it's for a clean install (format), it does not matter what you have installed before installing the Upgrade Windows 7 fresh.
A follow up to that. == Since either an Upgrade or OEM full install can be used for Win 7, is one better than the other? It appears to me since they are both clean installs there would be no difference. Is that correct?

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27 Oct 2009   #11
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
A follow up to that. == Since either an Upgrade or OEM full install can be used for Win 7, is one better than the other? It appears to me since they are both clean installs there would be no difference. Is that correct?
A retail Upgrade Windows 7 can be reinstalled and activated on any computer as long as it is uninstalled from any previous computer first.

A OEM Windows 7 can only be reinstalled and activated on the same computer that it was originally installed on. It cannot be used on another computer.
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27 Oct 2009   #12
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

Brink,
I am not 100% certain that your 'Option One' works.
Thousands of Win 7 packages were sent out with 'Upgrade' on the media and box, but did in fact have 'Full' keys.

This is the only explanation I can see as to why it works for some ,perfectly, and not others.
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27 Oct 2009   #13
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nosmo View Post
Brink,
I am not 100% certain that your 'Option One' works.
Thousands of Win 7 packages were sent out with 'Upgrade' on the media and box, but did in fact have 'Full' keys.

This is the only explanation I can see as to why it works for some ,perfectly, and not others.
Time will tell for sure. My copy was a retail upgrade box of Windows 7 that I tested with.
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27 Oct 2009   #14
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

Thanks Brink,
I am not suggesting that your copy was a student purchase, but I found the following interesting.

The student download for $30 was actually a ‘Full Retail Product’
with ‘Full Key’…………..but the packaging clearly said ‘Upgrade’ on some
boxes and media.
This has led to confusion as many users now believe that the ‘upgrade’
version will easily install clean. ( Hacks excluded from discussion on MS website)

Proof? See below ……….Quote:

Dear Customer,
Thank you for choosing Windows 7 Online store.
We apologize for the confusion. The Windows 7 offered in this promotion is a full version. You can install this product even though you do not have a previous Operating System installed in your computer or if you want to make a multi boot using Windows 7. The "Upgrade" included in the product name is just
because Windows 7 is the latest Operating System Windows developed.

Sincerely,
Joanna A.

Windows 7 Offer online store ,Customer Service……….Finish Quote.

It looks like Digital River, MS and Students get Windows 7 for $29.99 - Sweet Deal! Hurry - Get it Today made mistakes.
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27 Oct 2009   #15
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ah, true. I figured that the downloads or student copies may have been just a temporary promotion like that. OPTION ONE should continue to work with the retail bought copies though, unless MS decides to change it in the future.
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28 Oct 2009   #16
JesseT

Vista / XP
 
 

okay, this is a bit ugly.

in the webshop for students here in holland theres a description that the upgrade versions will not work on PC's without LEGALLY preinstalled vista or XP(but in the case of XP there needs to be a clean install).

Can i deduct from this that if you dont want to save anything thats currently on your pc u can just format it and put the upgrade version on?

because i jsut ordered retai Fulll Home Premium for 90 euro's, but the student Upgrade 64bit Ultimate! version i can get for 70...

what do u guys think?
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28 Oct 2009   #17
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Jesse, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It is true that you can do a clean install with a retail (store bought) copy of a Upgrade Windows. The students upgrade copies have been given out with a full version key number as a promotion, so it's not a guarantee for how long the student copies will still be able to do a clean install. To be safe, I would stick with a retail copy instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 Oct 2009   #18
nabilalk

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Can you install upgrade from fresh HD?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Bigmck,

Since it's for a clean install (format), it does not matter what you have installed before installing the Upgrade Windows 7 fresh.
I just bought a new HD that I want to install the 64 bit version of Win 7 Pro. When Windows asks for the product key, I'm getting an error message stating that it is an invalid key. I double-checked the email that I got from digital river, and the key is correct.

Is the reason I'm getting an error b/c you have to have a previous Win install on the HD, or is there a problem with the Product Key? Thanks for the help.
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29 Oct 2009   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Nabilalk,

Could be a problem with the key number. If it was an issue about a clean install VS upgrade, you would get a error like the one in OPTION THREE of the tutorial. You might contact Digital Rivers about it to see if they can get you a replacement key number.
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