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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

13 Apr 2013   #410
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swamped View Post
So after the completion of #1, I will have already installed the device drivers, and Windows Updates?

Not being picky, I'm just having a hard time wrapping my head around this idea of a double installation process.
Nope. You would do step 1 in OPTION FOUR to just have a clean install without it being activated, or anything else installed.

Then you would do the upgrade install, activate, and install your drivers, programs, and such.


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13 Apr 2013   #411
swamped

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Right. I just re read Option Four. Got it, and thanks for your patience, Brink.
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13 Apr 2013   #412
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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13 Apr 2013   #413
jmichae3

win7ult64sp1retail
 
 

I would upgrade the hard drive first. fss casper 7.0 - you should get the bootable ISO, so license requires you must get the windows version and also pay the extra $10 to get the ISO version. so total $69.95 I think. recommended dock(s) are the ICY Dock MB981U3-1SA. it has a detachable module and it's USB 3.0/2.0 and handles up to 4TB, SATA, 3.5" IDE, and 2.5" ide. ICY DOCK MB981U3-1SA 2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0 SATA Docking Station with IDE Adapter - Newegg.com
https://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

it will auto-grow the partition(s).
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14 Apr 2013   #414
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jmichae3 View Post
I would upgrade the hard drive first. fss casper 7.0 - you should get the bootable ISO, so license requires you must get the windows version and also pay the extra $10 to get the ISO version. so total $69.95 I think. recommended dock(s) are the ICY Dock MB981U3-1SA. it has a detachable module and it's USB 3.0/2.0 and handles up to 4TB, SATA, 3.5" IDE, and 2.5" ide. ICY DOCK MB981U3-1SA 2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0 SATA Docking Station with IDE Adapter - Newegg.com
https://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

it will auto-grow the partition(s).
Upgrade the hard drive?
This tutorial needs no purchases. If you mean make a back up of the drive, then we use the free Windows backup of free Macrium, but that is another tutorial, not for the Upgrade install.

Imaging with free Macrium
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16 Apr 2013   #415
jmichae3

win7ult64sp1retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jmichae3 View Post
I would upgrade the hard drive first. fss casper 7.0 - you should get the bootable ISO, so license requires you must get the windows version and also pay the extra $10 to get the ISO version. so total $69.95 I think. recommended dock(s) are the ICY Dock MB981U3-1SA. it has a detachable module and it's USB 3.0/2.0 and handles up to 4TB, SATA, 3.5" IDE, and 2.5" ide. ICY DOCK MB981U3-1SA 2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0 SATA Docking Station with IDE Adapter - Newegg.com
https://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

it will auto-grow the partition(s).
Upgrade the hard drive?
This tutorial needs no purchases. If you mean make a back up of the drive, then we use the free Windows backup of free Macrium, but that is another tutorial, not for the Upgrade install.

Imaging with free Macrium
oops - sorry, not sure what I was thinking, good solution, but for totally different problem unrelated to this thread. this is only for the need to get a bigger hard drive or replace a hard drive. it does backups too, but I don't use it for that.
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11 May 2013   #416
Defender3

Win 7 RC
 
 

Thanks once again for these instructions. I had a migrating problem with the BSOD related to my Nvida drivers and other issues I never tracked down, as well as 251 shell extensions running. Instead of trying to troubleshoot the problems, I first decided to do a no format, non-destructive repair install to see if that would help. Since the drivers are all retained in the repair, the fix did not resolve the issues. So, I just did a clean install using my upgrade version and this tutorial. It worked like a charm and I'm spending a few hours this rainy morning reinstalling selected programs.
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11 May 2013   #417
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Defender3,

I'm happy to hear that your clean install went well.
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24 May 2013   #418
swamped

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swamped View Post
So after the completion of #1, I will have already installed the device drivers, and Windows Updates?

Not being picky, I'm just having a hard time wrapping my head around this idea of a double installation process.
Nope. You would do step 1 in OPTION FOUR to just have a clean install without it being activated, or anything else installed.

Then you would do the upgrade install, activate, and install your drivers, programs, and such.

Brink, I'm back. Haven't done the reinstall yet. My new SSD is arriving today. But in reading through these instructions again I find I don't yet fully understand. Why do you suggest doing the upgrade install after the steps in Number Four? I don't still have Vista on this machine. This is a W7 Upgrade Re-install. The reason I'm doing it is because my system is slow and running out of C drive space. So I'm going from a 75GB SSD to a 256GB SSD. I just want to be very clear in my thinking before I begin. Thanks.
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24 May 2013   #419
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

swamped,

I'm happy to hear that your SSD is arriving today.

If you don't do the steps exactly in OPTION FOUR, it may not activate Windows. The upgrade afterwards allows it to be activated properly.

If you get the error in OPTION THREE, then you could also use it to legally activate.
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