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Windows 7: What the Hell is MS Doing?

14 Jul 2009   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think this website is a bit more accurate on what is really going to happen;

A major Windows 7 upgrade question gets an answer | TechBlog | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle


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14 Jul 2009   #12
sjaak327

Windows Vista, Server 2008, Leopard, Suse
 
 

Not sure what the problem is here, surely you can't be bothered by this.
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14 Jul 2009   #13
7echno7im

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I think this website is a bit more accurate on what is really going to happen;

A major Windows 7 upgrade question gets an answer | TechBlog | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

good post
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14 Jul 2009   #14
sjaak327

Windows Vista, Server 2008, Leopard, Suse
 
 

Funny that they claim that people can upgrade from Win 7RC, I doubt that's the case, as it leave much room for abuse. Incidentially I was unable to upgrade build 7100 to 7600 on two machines already. Only a custom install wiping the disk was possible.
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14 Jul 2009   #15
Webadict

Windows 7 Rc Build 7264 x86, Ubuntu
 
 

I just found this on Endgadget.

Microsoft confirms Windows 7 RC upgrade rules

So much for my " Clean " upgrade.
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14 Jul 2009   #16
Aheaton

Windows 7 RC Build7100
 
 

Yeah, well thats the best I could find. We'll have to wait and see when it comes out!
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14 Jul 2009   #17
Aheaton

Windows 7 RC Build7100
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Webadict View Post
I just found this on Endgadget.

Microsoft confirms Windows 7 RC upgrade rules

So much for my " Clean " upgrade.
Good find Webadict!!
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14 Jul 2009   #18
K3VL4R

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Why would you guys believe these sites that supposedly know something about installing Windows 7 that Microsoft does not know.

Note   Note
Installing a custom version of Windows. Choose Custom to completely replace your current operating system, or to install Windows on a specific drive or partition that you select. You can also use Custom if your computer does not have an operating system, or if you want to set up a multiboot system on your computer. For more information about setting up a multiboot system, see Install more than one operating system (multiboot).


You do not need anything installed at all to use the upgrade disk = custom "clean" installation. Read it for yourself right from Microsoft below.

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14 Jul 2009   #19
Bartacus

Windows 7 build 7100
 
 

Yucky. I just wish MS would allow me to punch in my valid Vista CD key, and then install Windows 7. That would make things much easier for the "upgrade" version. Please god, do not make me re-install and activate Vista just for a "clean" Windows 7 install. I was hoping to avoid ever seeing Vista again.

EDIT: just read K3VL4R's post. I feel much better now.

Bart
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14 Jul 2009   #20
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Ok, so that handles one set of issues for geeks like us.

Now for the little, uhhh, normal people.

John Doe has computer with OEM Vista Home Premium on it. YES, OEM licenses are eligible for upgrade installs.

Now, John either a) never got the Windows re-install DVD; b) never got a manufacturer's restore DVD or c) never made a restore DVD from the image delivered on the original PC disk drive.

John buys Windows 7 Upgrade and installs and activates it.

Some time later John's HDD crashes catastrophically.

John buys new HDD.

All John has is a Windows 7 Upgrade DVD and license which he cannot boot and iinstall from.

What does John do?

Edit: Reason asked is this point is still not clear. Technet site no help and K3Vl4R's post ALMOST addresses it but, yet again, instruction state:



If Windows cannot run at all, you can reinstall Windows using the original installation disc.


Warning

Back up your files before you begin reinstalling Windows if possible, even if you're reinstalling Windows on a hard disk partition, and you have personal files on a separate partition. For example, if you have encrypted files, you might not be able to access them after reinstalling Windows. A custom installation replaces the current version of Windows and all personal files.

Turn on your computer and insert the Windows 7 DVD or CD

Anyone see the vagueness/abiguity of this sequence?
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