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Windows 7: Clean Format and Windows 7 Upgrade

28 Jun 2014   #1
Djwoody

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
Clean Format and Windows 7 Upgrade

Hi.
I am about to purchase a new HDD for my laptop.
Once installed I am going to perform a clean install of Windows 7 from my Upgrade DVD.

As I have already used the product key in my previous installion, will I need to buy another one or activation? Not sure how it works.

My laptop originally came with Vista and I upgraded to Genuine Windows 7 upgrade a few years ago.

Many thanks
Chris


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28 Jun 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Djwoody View Post
I upgraded to Genuine Windows 7 upgrade a few years ago.
Do you have the Product Key for the Windows 7 upgrade? A Vista key won't help you much.

If so, you can reuse it and won't have to buy anything.
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28 Jun 2014   #3
Djwoody

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Djwoody View Post
I upgraded to Genuine Windows 7 upgrade a few years ago.
Do you have the Product Key for the Windows 7 upgrade? A Vista key won't help you much.

If so, you can reuse it and won't have to buy anything.
Yes, I have the original Win 7 packaging with key. :-)
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28 Jun 2014   #4
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

In that case, use the instructions from here...
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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28 Jun 2014   #5
Djwoody

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Are all laptop hard drives the same dimensions?
I have a 320gb drive in my Sony VGN-FW21E and am looking to install a Seagate SSHD 2.5" 1TB drive.
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28 Jun 2014   #6
NoelDP

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Almost all laptops use 2.5" drives, yes. (some small-form-factor ones use smaller SSD drives, but there is none that use smaller HD's for the simple reason that there is no such thing )
Desktop drives are almost all 3.5" drives - except where speed is crucial, so they may use 2.5" SSDs
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