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Windows 7: Does upgrade require proof of prior version?

24 Oct 2009   #1
jbarr

Windows 7
 
 
Does upgrade require proof of prior version?

I have several family PCs that I will be upgrading to Windows 7. Some ar XP and one is Vista. I want to do a clean install on all by wiping the partition and then installing Windows 7. Two questions:

1. Will I need to provide the XP and Vista install disks for the install to work?

2. Should I launch the install from within each OS and wipe the partition from within the install or should I wipe it first then boot the install?

Thanks!!


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24 Oct 2009   #2
sion

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

1) No. all you need is windows 7
2) start the pc up, then put the disk in, go onto my computer, if you want to wipe all your files do a custom install... and then wait
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24 Oct 2009   #3
LPDad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't forget to BACK UP all of your important data on your XP machines BEFORE you do the install.
(I figure you know what you are doing with a clean install, but this reminder is for any other people who are reading this forum)

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24 Oct 2009   #4
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you purchased an upgrade disc, then you will need to follow the upgrade instructions.
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24 Oct 2009   #5
poin2

Windows7
 
 

The upgrade discs look for the presence of the prior OS to go in as intended. No, you don't provide the prior discs.

If you want to format or anything like that, do it from within the installation itself. If you boot from the upgrade discs you should be able to do partitioning during installation too.

If you wipe the drives on your own first, you're going to start to run into issues with the "upgrade" discs.
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24 Oct 2009   #6
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

Many users are having their key rejected for the following reason.

If you have purchased an 'Upgrade' you MUST run setup from within Vista or XP.

You purchased an upgrade so you must have something to upgrade from.

Trying to boot to a virgin drive with no memory of a previous OS will not work.

Yes there are hacks but its only been 3 days and we don't know how MS will handle installs that are not legal.
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24 Oct 2009   #7
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

There's been a lot of confusion about upgrade installs and what is needed. Go here - Upgrade Install with Windows 7 for the straight skinny on how to do it.
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24 Oct 2009   #8
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheSchaft View Post
There's been a lot of confusion about upgrade installs and what is needed. Go here - Upgrade Install with Windows 7 for the straight skinny on how to do it.
Thanks for the clarification....Brink has written a tutorial on how to install with an upgrade disc... should be required reading!!
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24 Oct 2009   #9
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 

This was the oddest "upgrade" installation I have ever done actually. I first stuck the 7 disk in while in Vista and selected custon install thinking it would do a clean install and it didn't it upgraded but non eof my programs were there so not sure happened there. Second time I booted to 7 disk and did a format of the drive and did a clean install....it never asked for any prior Windows media to verify qualification for an upgrade. It just installed and that was all there was to it.

In the past I have had to at least show my prior OS disk for a clean install but not this time. The box also says that the Professional version upgrades ALL version of Vista and XP so that must have changed from the original thoughts. I had Vista Ultimate and it upraded to 7 Pro without any issues. It was almost like this wasn't an upgrade disk at all and the full version.
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24 Oct 2009   #10
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote:
It was almost like this wasn't an upgrade disk at all and the full version.
Uncle Steve gave everyone a gift!
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