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Windows 7: Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

25 Nov 2009   #221
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wee View Post
I did a student upgrade clean install as the pro version wouldn't upgrade XP and the key verified. But when I called MS to have there help with removing the recovery partition there was no problem, but the main XP couldn't be removed W7 had used it for the 100Mib booting file since it was a running XP upgrade. So the MS tech said misinformed I might say that since they key worked once I could just overwrite the disc and the key would work not so. I cracked it with Pauls site info and called MS to close my case and was informed that even though I had all my ducks in a row with licensing that cracking the key made it not a legal verification. But since I had a record of XP ownership and due diligence in following MS protocol except for the crack they were happy to let me install while on the phone and crack the key in for me. So let the story be don't crack the key when you don't need to MS will help you.
The method on Paul's website came from information provided by the same MS tech support

Tech Support is not in unisom at Microsoft...you will get a different story each time from a different rep


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25 Nov 2009   #222
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wee View Post
I did a student upgrade clean install as the pro version wouldn't upgrade XP and the key verified. But when I called MS to have there help with removing the recovery partition there was no problem, but the main XP couldn't be removed W7 had used it for the 100Mib booting file since it was a running XP upgrade. So the MS tech said misinformed I might say that since they key worked once I could just overwrite the disc and the key would work not so. I cracked it with Pauls site info and called MS to close my case and was informed that even though I had all my ducks in a row with licensing that cracking the key made it not a legal verification. But since I had a record of XP ownership and due diligence in following MS protocol except for the crack they were happy to let me install while on the phone and crack the key in for me. So let the story be don't crack the key when you don't need to MS will help you.
Puhleeze, never use the blunderbuss word "crack" when speaking with MS, or here.

A crack is a way to illegally use a key or program. MS has said themselves that as long as there is a qualifying previous OS, then there is no illegality in utilizing this convenience to not having to reinstall Vista/Xp.

Millions were using 7 beta and were owed the convenience. Neverthless it was a pleasant surprise.

It is a "registry workaround" which Paul Thurrot offered and MS was giving out en masse in the days after release.

Thank you.
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26 Nov 2009   #223
wee

XP/W7/Lucid/Arch
 
 

I didn't use the word with MS they did, and thanks for the warning on this site, my point was the rep who was supposedly talking to the W7 tech team made this judgment. I have no intention of breaking any licensing issues now or in the future. I am primarily a open source user I only have a MS OS because it came with my net-book and I was offered a 29$ upgrade. But I like W7 it is fast and responsive so it was a good purchase.
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26 Nov 2009   #224
Qwghlm

Vista
 
 

I'm slowly going through all this thread to find if it's already been answered, but 23 pages!?!?

Anyway,

I've got Vista Home Premium on a 300GB HDD formatted into a 40GB OS partition and a 260GB data partition.

There is now only 5GB left in the OS partition but Windows 7 needs 16GB.

If I get an Upgrade Windows 7 Home Premium can I reformat the 40GB partition on installation or will the installation just tell me I haven't got enough room on the OS partition?

Thanks,

Steve
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26 Nov 2009   #225
gregrocker

 

Boot into the WIn7 upgrade installer and select Custom>Advanced drive tools to delete the Vista partition, create a New one, and format it before install.

The upgrade installer will see Vista before formatting and allow you to insert your key.
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26 Nov 2009   #226
Qwghlm

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Boot into the WIn7 upgrade installer and select Custom>Advanced drive tools to delete the Vista partition, create a New one, and format it before install.

The upgrade installer will see Vista before formatting and allow you to insert your key.
Thanks for that.

If I delete the Vista partition, wont that also delete the data partition?

I really don't want to have to backup 150GB of stuff, can I just reformat the Vista partition?

Or am I missing something here? (Probably )

Steve
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26 Nov 2009   #227
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qwghlm View Post
I'm slowly going through all this thread to find if it's already been answered, but 23 pages!?!?

Anyway,

I've got Vista Home Premium on a 300GB HDD formatted into a 40GB OS partition and a 260GB data partition.

There is now only 5GB left in the OS partition but Windows 7 needs 16GB.

If I get an Upgrade Windows 7 Home Premium can I reformat the 40GB partition on installation or will the installation just tell me I haven't got enough room on the OS partition?

Thanks,

Steve
Read the first post...it has been answered by Brink
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26 Nov 2009   #228
Qwghlm

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qwghlm View Post
I'm slowly going through all this thread to find if it's already been answered, but 23 pages!?!?

Anyway,

I've got Vista Home Premium on a 300GB HDD formatted into a 40GB OS partition and a 260GB data partition.

There is now only 5GB left in the OS partition but Windows 7 needs 16GB.

If I get an Upgrade Windows 7 Home Premium can I reformat the 40GB partition on installation or will the installation just tell me I haven't got enough room on the OS partition?

Thanks,

Steve
Read the first post...it has been answered by Brink
Perhaps I had better be more descriptive then.

Do I have to reformat the Vista partition before trying to install the new OS or will the installation allow me to format it within the installation program.

I'd rather be certain that I can just put the Windows 7 Upgrade disk in, run the installation program, let it format the OS partition, then load Windows 7 onto it.

Thus leaving my data partition fully functional.

I can't seem to get that guarantee from the 1st post.

Steve
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26 Nov 2009   #229
gregrocker

 

Steve, you need to boot from the Win7 DVD in order to get the Custom>Advanced drive tools to delete the Vista partition (only), create a new one of same size, then format and install.

If you run the disk from Vista, you won't be given the tools to delete and format the Vista partition. You will only have the choice to do an in-place Upgrade of Vista (saving your programs, files and settings) or a Custom clean install which overwrites Vista and saves your files in a windows.old folder - this is not as clean of an install than booting the DVD, but close.

If you don't select the data partition, nothing will be touched in it.

That said, we are always advised to back up our data before installations of any type.
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27 Nov 2009   #230
Greg B

xp, 7
 
 
Clean Installation on blank formatted drive

I followed the tutorials on this site, and got through the Dual Boot tutorial and rejoined the Clean Installation tutorial at step 9. I was not able to see step 10 however. After a reboot I saw the screen where the choice is made to boot 7 or the previous version, and I chose 7. Then the screen went black and stayed that way, with not apparent activity. About a half hour later the lights went out and the PS light went to blinking like standby mode. I had disabled all power saver options prior to starting the installation. After about 5 minutes off I pushed the start button. The lights came on and the disc read, but nothing else happened until just now the lights went back out and the PS light went to blinking again.
I'm certain this isn't what is supposed to happen....
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