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Windows 7: no RC to Retail?!

06 Oct 2009   #41
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Rumor is, that is how it is going to work. But that is not ideal if it means you must actually install and activate the previous version of Windows before upgrading. It would be nice to be able to do a clean install on a brand new computer using the upgrade media.


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06 Oct 2009   #42
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
It would be nice to be able to do a clean install on a brand new computer using the upgrade media.
I agree and surely hope it will be that way, and I have seen many people saying so, but I think it might not; it would mean MS is giving a big break to the people using the RC, since the upgrade version is less expensive than the full version. I myself built a new computer and am running the RC in it, I don't have any paid OS in that machine. If I can buy the upgrade and do a clean install, based on having the RC there, I would save some money. I just have my doubts MS would "pay" me that much for having tested it. Although I hope so...
I will end up buying the full version so I can upgrade hardware in the future anyway
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06 Oct 2009   #43
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
It would be nice to be able to do a clean install on a brand new computer using the upgrade media.
I agree and surely hope it will be that way, and I have seen many people saying so
In Vista you could just upgrade it over top of itself, clean install using the upgrade media without installing (or even owning) any previous version of Windows. It was a cool trick but I'm willing to bet Microsoft killed it (not that I would blame them for doing so).
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06 Oct 2009   #44
Perrybucsdad

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
Rumor is, that is how it is going to work. But that is not ideal if it means you must actually install and activate the previous version of Windows before upgrading. It would be nice to be able to do a clean install on a brand new computer using the upgrade media.
Well, wouldn't that not be an upgrade though, but a fresh install if there was never an OS on the HDD? Or are you saying, have the install do a clean install over whatever was there? If the later, I just can't see how they will verify anything.

Sounds like a dog chasing it's tail. Glad I still have my MSDN and have the RTM version.
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06 Oct 2009   #45
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

I suppose it depends on the definition of "upgrade".

To me, moving from Vista to Windows 7 is an upgrade in any shape form or fashion. Clean install, in-place upgrade, or otherwise.
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07 Oct 2009   #46
Snufffed

 

Quote (Originally by sup3rsprt)---
It would be nice to be able to do a clean install on a brand new computer using the upgrade media.

Yes, You can clean install with a Upgrade Disk. when ask for the KEY select NO, the (READ the fine print). continue and it is CLEAN install which has 30 days to activate. Instantly upon booting to the final version. DO NOT INSTALL ANY OTHER PROGRAMS... JUST re insert the DVD disk again, it will ask if you want to UPGRADE, click yes, when ask insert the UPGRADE KEY. when finished, move to control panel, system, and click ACTIVATE NOW.


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07 Oct 2009   #47
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Snuffy, that trick worked with Vista, but the rumors are saying that it won't with Windows 7. It seems as though Microsoft is closing that loophole. What I want to know is, if I use a full version media disc to do the install, and don't insert a key (who does during install...why would you?), can I later, within those 30 days, pop in the upgrade key and activate? I'm guessing not, but again, nothing's been finalized.
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07 Oct 2009   #48
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

If you use a full version disk of Windows 7 you must use a corresponding key to activate... you cant use an upgrade key to activate a full version install of Windows 7.
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07 Oct 2009   #49
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

That could be another change then. I swear I used a full disc from TechNet to install, and activated using an OEM upgrade key from Dell, with Vista x64. Maybe I'm not remembering right, but I thought I did this before.
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07 Oct 2009   #50
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Well, that's not a change. Vista didn't even allow you to activate a full clean install with an upgrade key. If you wanted to activate Vista using an upgrade key you had to do the upgrade over top of itself. That was the whole trick.
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