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Windows 7: Alt/F10 after Win 7 Upgrade

08 Nov 2011   #11
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Always boot the installer to install Win7. Clean Install Windows 7 / Reinstalling Windows 7

If any Windows exists on the HD at the time the booted Win7 installer will detect it and pass a flag allowing use of Upgrade version key, even if you go on to use Custom>Drive options to repartiition.

If no OS is on the HD because you wiped it, repartitioned ahead, or have a new HD, Win7 Upgrade must be able to be reinstalled anyway without grossly inconveniencing the user. For this reason there are the workarounds given in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version, easiest of which is to do the quick registry edit immediately after install which always works if it's done correctly.

Never fear the loss of your Win7 software rights. You own the OS for life and can reinstall it any way you like as often as you like, as long as Upgrade version has a qualifying OS on hand to back it up - on the honor system. Save the Product Key as you would a bank account number.

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08 Nov 2011   #12

Windows 7 home premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
By upgrading to Windows 7, the Acer Recovery Partition is made unusable.

If you need to reinstall Windows 7 at anytime, use this method:
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Have you looked at the tutorial above?
I think I'm good now. Basically it's just clean installing Windows 7 again over top of the old one. I'm taking it that I use the product key that came with the Win 7 Upgrade disc? Until I saw the step by step that was on the link that I clicked too I wasn't quite sure I was believing what I was reading. Once I saw it broke down I grasped it just fine. Some of us just need that extra bit of knowledge. You guys are great here at these Forums. Don't know what or where I'd go. Some other forums I used are just, well, you know what I mean. Good intentions, bad advice.
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