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Windows 7: Man Emasculated by "Floppy Problem"

27 May 2010   #1
HadMatter

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 
Man Emasculated by "Floppy Problem"

Here's the rundown:

In my continued quest to pointlessly build a machine that far exceeds my needs, I've recently purchased two 30gig SSDs that I'd like to try setting up in RAID 0 to function as system/boot drive. I'm currently running Windows 7 pro 64, which I purchased as an upgrade through "the Ultimate Steal" student offer. Apparently, "upgrade" means that I cannot simply perform a clean install of Windows 7, but must first always install my previous version - XP - and then upgrade from that. *sigh* Continuing on in the vein of "pain in my arse," RAID drivers must be installed manually during OS installation; and while Vista and 7 can read from CDs and thumb drives, XP requires floppy disk. Minor inconvenience, or resounding dead end? Floppy disk? Sure, no prob! Dig through some dusty boxes - find an old, oddly-twisting ribbon - bada boom, bada bing. Only, I can't get seem to get a floopy drive to work [floppy ones either]. Copying driver files to diskette appears to work - files show up on the A: drive in Explorer - but if I eject the disk and reinsert it, "This folder is empty." Oddly, though, if I look in 'Properties,' files are being accounted for, capacity wise. And if I try to copy the files a second time, I'm questioned about duplicate files. Assuming the files were actually there - unseen - I tried going through with installation, praying that the files would be there when I needed them. They were not.

And, that's pretty much our story thus far. I've tried 3 drives, bought new diskettes, switched ribbons. I've rebooted, replugged, unplugged, uninstalled, driven, drove, and drivered. I'm at a loss. I humbly beseech the collective intelligence for enlightenment.

(I'd post my system specs, but I assume that info is available, since I answered all those questions during registration.)


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27 May 2010   #2
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

You can do a clean install with an upgrade copy I believe.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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27 May 2010   #3
HadMatter

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Seriously!? Awesome, i'll give that a go. Thanks, Nova, I was told by I couldn't and just accepted it.
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28 May 2010   #4
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HadMatter View Post
Seriously!? Awesome, i'll give that a go. Thanks, Nova, I was told by I couldn't and just accepted it.
I found that even the most knowledgable person is wrong at times. Best to google things like that.
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28 May 2010   #5
housry23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You really don't have to do an upgrade from XP with your upgrade version. I thought the Ultimate Steal was the full retail version anyway. If you have either XP, Vista, or 7 on your hard drive, Windows will recognize it and you can then format and install your OS. Even if the HDD is blank there are still way around it via the instructions on the link provided by DarkNovaGamer.
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28 May 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGamer View Post
You can do a clean install with an upgrade copy I believe.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Not only it could be done that it the best way to go. Upgrade installs usually result in the computer owner coming here with problems. Let us know your results.
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28 May 2010   #7
fishnbanjo

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

You simply cannot upgrade from XP to Windows 7 as only Vista is an upgrade path. MS packaged the Windows 7 upgrade with the ability to do a clean installation or the upgrade but if you have an OEM dependent PC you need the COA registration character set to activate your installation.
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28 May 2010   #8
HadMatter

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

"It worked!" he declared triumphantly.

I had originally tried a clean install, but when the time came my product key didn't work - so much fuss over unchecking a box. I'm going to give Bill Gates such a noogie!
Thanks, everyone. This 7.3 WEI belongs to all of us....but mostly me.
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28 May 2010   #9
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HadMatter View Post
"It worked!" he declared triumphantly.

I had originally tried a clean install, but when the time came my product key didn't work - so much fuss over unchecking a box. I'm going to give Bill Gates such a noogie!
Thanks, everyone. This 7.3 WEI belongs to all of us....but mostly me.
Glad to hear you got it all set up.
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28 May 2010   #10
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Congrats and good luck.
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