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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

24 Oct 2009   #369
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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14 Dec 2012   #370
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bg17 View Post
Here is my experience using the Family pack upgrade. I upgraded the hdd at the same time, so thought I'd try a clean, custom install. Well, it would not activate, error was something like 'product key is only valid for an upgrade installation'. So I had to install over the new install. Also, trying to do an upgrade install on the blank new hdd didn't work...the upgrade option can only be executed from within windows.

Don't know if it's different with a single upgrade key, or if Microsoft changed something along the way. A friend told me that he did option one with no problem, but it was a no-go for me.

Did you see Option 3? I had to do that with a single upgrade key.

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14 Dec 2012   #371
bg17

Windows 7 Home Premium *upgrade*
 
 

Good catch! I just did the first clean install in another upgrade pc, so I will try that option and see. Looks like it should work, thanks.

Edit to add update:
Option 3 did indeed work as advertised.
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17 Dec 2012   #372
calliehf

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

My laptop hard drive give up the ghost, so I purchased a new Seagate Momentus XT 750 gig hybrid drive. This is my second new hard drive installation. The G1S Asus laptop originally came with Vista preinstalled. The original hard drive was a 200 Gig, the one that just crapped out was a 500 Gig Momentus. When Windows 7 was released, my son bought an legitimate upgrade copy from the Texas A&M campus bookstore. I clean installed it via boot-up minus the product key, then installed it as an upgrade from within the OS over that. Prior to this time, no problems whatsoever with activating or anything on the first or 2nd hard drive, which was new. On this new drive, the same process works and it is activating fine, but now, after successful entering the product key and even successful activation, when I run the first major series of Windows Updates, which amounts to 212 Megs or so, I can no longer run Windows Update and I start getting "This copy of Windows in not Genuine." I re-installed fresh twice with the same flawed result. So it is either because I am installing on a hybrid drive, or that with the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has placed something in that first wave of Windows Updates that is invalidating the method that was first discovered with Vista Upgrade disks and worked with Windows 7 Upgrades. I have the original Vista disks that came with the laptop but do not want to upgrade over the top of that. i am in the midst of my third go round / re-installation and may have to do that. If it appears that it is unstable I guess I'll go get a full version of Windows 8 while it is still cheap, which will mean the Microsoft Empire wins!!!
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17 Dec 2012   #373
calliehf

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Something has changed?

I remember way back in the XP days there was a file you could ignore in Windows Update that would keep that Genuine Windows floating mess off your desktop, you had to turn off automatically update for let me choose which updates to install to keep that from stamping itself over your taskbar, I wonder if there is something similar now that is hidden in the Updates....I did not have this problem prior to Windows 8 being released, no problems with this process on my last new hard drive. Or possibly my multiple activations are causing a flag on my product key, but if it is tied to my machine, I can't see why that would happen. i feel like Jim Carrey as the Riddler, "Questions, too many questions!!!" Or, is there something in my chipset and drivers (which are Vista drivers, very few Windows 7 drivers were written for my laptop) causing the issue? I just completed all the Windows Updates and made that current, I shall see what happens after activation.
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17 Dec 2012   #374
calliehf

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Activated successfully, rebooted, and Windows Updates still works. I'm taking installing my chipset drivers very slow this third time around, previously Windows Update died after I installed several ATK utilities. Then began getting the"Windows is not Genuine" prompt even after successful activation.
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17 Dec 2012   #375
calliehf

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Finally, no problems !!

I guess third times a charm. Time will tell. I did not install any chipset software that referenced "ATK." The Windows Update lockout happened right after that before. This time I only installed chipset drivers that referenced specific hardware on the laptop. All seems well after activation, Windows Update is still working, all important drivers and software such as anti-virus and video card are running, I guess I am home free!!
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17 Dec 2012   #376
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Great news Callie, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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08 Jan 2013   #377
givemereplay

Win7 64
 
 

Interesting- I just reinstalled my upgrade copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit on my new SSD, and methods 1,2 and 3 failed to activate. Even after running the .bat file and rebooting I'm still getting the 0xc004f061 error. Anything else I can do short of upgrading over my Windows 7 install (which I've already started to personalize)?
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09 Jan 2013   #378
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello givemereplay,

Did you right click on the .bat file and click on "Run as administrator"?
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09 Jan 2013   #379
givemereplay

Win7 64
 
 

Yes I did. Remembered to reboot too.
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