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Windows 7: Using current upgrade licence to re-install Windows 7


26 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Using current upgrade licence to re-install Windows 7

Hello, I bought my laptop in 2009 and it had Vista Home Premium 32bit installed; it came with Win 7 upgrade special offer (about 14$) and I bought the 32bit upgrade DVD.
Now it's running Windows 7 32bit Home Premium and it's starting to show VERY strange behavior (there's something that blocks processes writing to disk creating a mess with antivirus updates, internet downloads and other programs).

I would like to re-install it from scratch and port it to x64.

What I need to know is what Windows 7 x64 disk I will need.
Is it ok if a friend gives me his Windows 7 retail disk, install it and then put the license key that came with the upgrade DVD?
If not, what version should I use? OEM? Upgrade?

Thank you very much!


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26 Jun 2013   #2

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You want Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit italian version? Borrow it from a friend (even better... make an exact copy)

Then do:

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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26 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Ok, I'll follow the linked instructions; just to be sure: has it to be an "upgrade" version? Or a "full one" is good too (or is it the same)?
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26 Jun 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pdario View Post
Ok, I'll follow the linked instructions; just to be sure: has it to be an "upgrade" version? Or a "full one" is good too (or is it the same)?
With upgrade DVD version you can clean install as well. You can use the "upgrade key".
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26 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Yes, I saw instructions and even donwload links, seems fine.
I also read about the windows.old directory if I don't format the partition: in facts, I don't care about windows dir much, but I would like to know how to manage \users directory.

If I leave it as it is, will it work again when creating the same users?
Should I move it to something else and the move the contents back to users once setup is finished?
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26 Jun 2013   #6

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pdario View Post
Yes, I saw instructions and even donwload links, seems fine.
I also read about the windows.old directory if I don't format the partition: in facts, I don't care about windows dir much, but I would like to know how to manage \users directory.

If I leave it as it is, will it work again when creating the same users?
Should I move it to something else and the move the contents back to users once setup is finished?
You talked abou clean install! So all will be gone afterwards. Wikndows.old folder doesn't have "users" folder as far I can remember.

Backup all your important documents to external disk first. Document, music, video, pictures.... maybe everything .. you never know you'll need it.
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26 Jun 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I will backup everything, but it's not necessary to delete several GB of pictures and videos just to bring them back as they are, I'm planning to leave them on a parking directory and avoid formatting.
Perhaps I'll rename \Users to \Users.old before reinstalling.

Thank you!
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30 Jun 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pdario View Post
Yes, I saw instructions and even donwload links, seems fine.
I also read about the windows.old directory if I don't format the partition: in facts, I don't care about windows dir much, but I would like to know how to manage \users directory.

If I leave it as it is, will it work again when creating the same users?
Should I move it to something else and the move the contents back to users once setup is finished?
You talked about clean install! So all will be gone afterwards. Wikndows.old folder doesn't have "users" folder as far I can remember.
Actually, I just did this the other day - it copied the users directory as well. No worries there. ;-)
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