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Windows 7: Upgrade to Windows 7?

30 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
Upgrade to Windows 7?

If I buy a family pack it says I can't upgrade to Windows 7 from XP but if I buy a single upgrade (Home Premium) is says I can. Anyone knows anything about this?

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30 Dec 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

You can "change" from XP to 7, but you have to use a "clean install" process rather than an "upgrade" process.

Sometimes the word "upgrade" is misused. But you can definitely go from XP to 7 with a single license or with a family pack. Just be aware it will require a "clean install".
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30 Dec 2011   #3
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Yes you can with any upgrade version of Windows 7. The install will be a Custom (full) install from XP as ignatz said. You need only to have the XP on the machine to install 7.
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30 Dec 2011   #4


When they say you can't upgrade from XP, or use an upgrade, they are referring to an in-place Upgrade which is used to upgrade Vista to Win7 and keep all programs, files and settings in place. A simple guide to a successful in-place upgrade - Windows 7 Forums

This is only one method of using the Upgrade version of Win7 which can be used either to in-place Upgrade, or also do a Clean Install from either Vista or XP: Clean Install Windows 7
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