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Windows 7: How to upgrade to Windows 7 with corrupted XP?

08 Jul 2009   #1
tylerzambori

windows xp pro
 
 
How to upgrade to Windows 7 with corrupted XP?

hi all,

I have an old XP pro CD that I gave to my boyfriend for his new
computer. I tried to install it, and I don't know what happened,
it was bad - I guess over the years the CD got corrupted.

The serial number of course is good but there's no COA because
back when I bought it they weren't doing that yet.

So I installed windows 7 RC 1 on his new computer. I don't want to
talk him into buying the windows 7 upgrade if he can't upgrade.

I read somewhere that windows xp has to be installed on the HD
in order to do the upgrade, but at the same time you can do a
clean install. What?

So how am I going to get this upgrade? Do I have to get Microsoft
to send me a new CD? Because that's not bloody likely, is it?
I was thinking all I'd have to do would be to input the old XP
serial number.

Thanks,

Tyler


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08 Jul 2009   #2
busydog

windows 7
 
 
Vista Upgrades from XP should be the clue

I suspect that the Win7 Upgrade Disk will be looking for key WinXP File(s) in key place(s). I don't recall if Vista would have upgraded from XP by just inserting the XP Disk at the right time. I guess this would depend on how corrupt your XP Disk actually is. Make sure it is not a smudge on the CD that is causing the problem during re-install. Wipe from the center outward if you decide to try and clean it with a soft rag.
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08 Jul 2009   #3
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

If you have Windows XP, you can purchase Windows 7 Upgrade versions. But you must back up your files, clean install, and reinstall your applications.

When you use your upgrade disc from 7 it will probably ask you to insert your Windows XP CD or ask for your Windows XP key.

IF YOU DON"T HAVE EITHER...You can install 7 fresh (don't type in your product key!!!).
When 7 is done installing proceed to launch 7 setup's within 7 (I know...its wierd but trust me)...insert your product key and your done (it will upgrade 7 with 7....but will cause no extra space taken up or anything...its like copying the same file to a directory twice (just overwriting)

PS the last step was posted by a user who called Microsoft about it and that is exactly what they said to do...
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09 Jul 2009   #4
tylerzambori

windows xp pro
 
 

Hi Zidane,

Yes I know about backing up and doing a fresh install. I do have the
CD and the serial #.

So it sounds like what I read was wrong, and I can just input the
XP serial number when I got to install windows 7.

Thanks everyone.
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09 Jul 2009   #5
tylerzambori

windows xp pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane2424 View Post
If you have Windows XP, you can purchase Windows 7 Upgrade versions. But you must back up your files, clean install, and reinstall your applications.

When you use your upgrade disc from 7 it will probably ask you to insert your Windows XP CD or ask for your Windows XP key.

IF YOU DON"T HAVE EITHER...You can install 7 fresh (don't type in your product key!!!).
When 7 is done installing proceed to launch 7 setup's within 7 (I know...its wierd but trust me)...insert your product key and your done (it will upgrade 7 with 7....but will cause no extra space taken up or anything...its like copying the same file to a directory twice (just overwriting)

PS the last step was posted by a user who called Microsoft about it and that is exactly what they said to do...
Do you install windows 7 fresh from the upgrade cd, then run 7's setup
within 7, then insert your XP product key? Or at that point do you insert
your windows 7 product key?
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09 Jul 2009   #6
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tylerzambori View Post
Do you install windows 7 fresh from the upgrade cd, then run 7's setup
within 7, then insert your XP product key? Or at that point do you insert
your windows 7 product key?
Insert your Windows 7 upgrade key
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09 Jul 2009   #7
matt_0978

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

this might sound mad tyler, but try polishing out the scratches with 't-cut', 'brasso' or somet like a stainless steel or silver polish. if it works u can be rest assured u've got an original xp cd.
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10 Jul 2009   #8
banderz777

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Tyler is your XP pro a retail version or a OEM or upgrade, because if it is a retail version then you can use some other copy of XP pro and use your key to install it, but it as to be the same version, (ie) retail to retail, upgrade to upgrade, I have done it myself and have learned to made a back up copy of it for just in case.
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