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Windows 7: Need some help with reinstalling windows

19 Jan 2011   #21
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you buy the copy of XP your friend loaded for you?

If so, do you still have the Product Key, which should suffice as qualifying you to use Win7 Upgrade version since the key is proof of ownership and not the installer.
Yes i still have the Product Key. Its for XP Pro, and the serial consists of five groups of five characters. Does that sound right to you?


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19 Jan 2011   #22
gregrocker

 

Yes, just hang onto that along with your Win7 DVD and Product key and you're good to go.
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19 Jan 2011   #23
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

okay, thanks. i know this has been done in other threads but could you give me a list of steps that i need to do in order to reinstall windows without a problem. Also, how do i use the XP key and why is it needed???
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19 Jan 2011   #24
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

ok, so for the heck of it i tried booting the the 64-bit disc again. but this time it loaded the screen that looks like the account login screen but with no account to log into. the screen stayed like that for about 3 minutes and then a windows installer window popped up. it was asking me to set the language for installation and all that stuff, it was the windows installer. what i need to know is if i should go about installing 64-bit this way or not. i just need you guys to give me the green light. thanks.
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19 Jan 2011   #25
gregrocker

 

You don't need the XP key unless you decide to reinstall XP again. But if for some reason MS should decide to tighten the rules on requiring proof of a qualifying OS to use Win7 upgrade version, and you need tech support to activate, then it is wise to save the key.

It sounds like your Win7 64 bit DVD is going to boot to install.

Here are some tips to get a perfect install based on hundreds done here: re-install windows 7
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19 Jan 2011   #26
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

just installed 64-bit!!! its like a brand new computer. i'm going through the normal stuff like installing drivers and copying files back. i forgot how much i hate Internet Explorer, i usualy use FireFox.

thanks for all the help guys.
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20 Jan 2011   #27
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Good to see you got it running and thanks for the update.
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