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Windows 7: Question about the upgrade

21 Oct 2009   #1
Dickstar

W7 HP 64-bit on my desktop, and W7 ultimate 32-bit on my MSI Wind (lol)
 
 
Question about the upgrade

Hi guys. I can get a good deal on the Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade through my university. I can get it for 65 bucks, which is a steal in my book.

I have an MSI Wind netbook which I want to upgrade. It came shipped with XP and I have been running the Windows 7 RC since it's been out. I want to put a new big hard drive in it, and put Windows 7 on there.

Problem is, the installer now won't see a previous version. Does the upgrade-clean install over itself trick still work in this upgrade version? Or do I have to install XP again, format again and install 7 over that one? Some people have told me an upgrade version can do a clean install regardless if there's any previous Windows version on your computer.


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21 Oct 2009   #2
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm personally not sure if an Upgrade disc does Clean installs as well, still waiting on the verdict, but i dont advise doing a upgrade, backup your important files, and do a clean install, will make it alot easier in the end.
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21 Oct 2009   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dickstar View Post
Hi guys. I can get a good deal on the Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade through my university. I can get it for 65 bucks, which is a steal in my book.

I have an MSI Wind netbook which I want to upgrade. It came shipped with XP and I have been running the Windows 7 RC since it's been out. I want to put a new big hard drive in it, and put Windows 7 on there.

Problem is, the installer now won't see a previous version. Does the upgrade-clean install over itself trick still work in this upgrade version? Or do I have to install XP again, format again and install 7 over that one? Some people have told me an upgrade version can do a clean install regardless if there's any previous Windows version on your computer.
Hi dickstar
the final answer is we dont know. there are stories in the iwld that say yes its the same as vista. There are also reports of a "double install" method works. Only a few more hours and we will know.

Stay tuned


Ken
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21 Oct 2009   #4
Dickstar

W7 HP 64-bit on my desktop, and W7 ultimate 32-bit on my MSI Wind (lol)
 
 

Damn, I already ordered it. Oh well, we'll see...

I was just thinking of this trick:
  • Make a C and a D partition.
  • Install XP on D
  • Do the upgrade clean install on C
  • Delete partition D

It sounds like a swell plan to me if I can't do a clean install on the same partition.


I'll get it tomorrow in the mail. I'll let you guys know if it worked or not
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21 Oct 2009   #5
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

thing is, if it's an upgrade, W7 will install OVER WinXP, and be in the D drive. (i think :S)
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21 Oct 2009   #6
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dickstar View Post
Damn, I already ordered it. Oh well, we'll see...

I was just thinking of this trick:
  • Make a C and a D partition.
  • Install XP on D
  • Do the upgrade clean install on C
  • Delete partition D

It sounds like a swell plan to me if I can't do a clean install on the same partition.


I'll get it tomorrow in the mail. I'll let you guys know if it worked or not
The upgrade version can do a clean install, actual it is the only way to install from XP, but it must see the activated XP first. You need to start the install DVD from the activated XP OS. MS has said that the upgrade can be done from an activated Win7RC, but haven't seen it confirmed. Either way, make a good backup image, test it, this will keep you from doing a double re-install, install XP/RC then install the Upgrade Win7 Ult, if you need to re-install.
gregrocker has confirmed that the method you described works. He has done it.

Let us know how it goes.
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