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

12 Dec 2009   #251
thekid89

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 

Quick question, I did the upgrade from Vista to 7 using the upgrade method. Now I kinda want to reformat, how should I go about this? Can I just use the Windows 7 upgrade disk to reinstall 7, or do I have to reinstall Vista to use the Windows 7 upgrade to reformat?


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12 Dec 2009   #252
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thekid89 View Post
Quick question, I did the upgrade from Vista to 7 using the upgrade method. Now I kinda want to reformat, how should I go about this? Can I just use the Windows 7 upgrade disk to reinstall 7, or do I have to reinstall Vista to use the Windows 7 upgrade to reformat?
Just backup your data, insert your upgrade media, reboot and boot to CD, and format your computer through Windows Setup and install
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06 Jan 2010   #253
MTELab

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Thank you

I was able to activate my Windows 7 product due to this post. Thank you so much. I will now join this site and try to help others.
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06 Jan 2010   #254
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome MTELab, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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21 Jan 2010   #255
s7ven

Windows s7ven
 
 

hi brink,

i've got this upgrade kit from hp, has two discs; hp upgrade manager and windows 7. i wonder if the windows 7 that i've got is the same with the upgrade discs that you've used to confirm the clean install,, may i also know if i do perform a clean install will i be able to restore it to factory setting, which is vista.. thanks i've got two partition c: and recovery d: thank you
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21 Jan 2010   #256
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello s7ven,

I used a retail Upgrade Windows 7 version to confirm this tutorial with. I do not know if you will be able to do the same with a HP upgrade kit or not. I suppose that you could try and see though.

Just do not delete the Vista recovery partition while trying so you can use it to do a factory restore back to Vista if needed. If you have not already, then you should also create a set of HP Vista Recovery discs to be extra safe in case the Vista recovery partition is lost some how so you can use the disc instead.

Be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose before starting.
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23 Jan 2010   #257
mitchell64

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by s7ven View Post
hi brink,

i've got this upgrade kit from hp, has two discs; hp upgrade manager and windows 7. i wonder if the windows 7 that i've got is the same with the upgrade discs that you've used to confirm the clean install,, may i also know if i do perform a clean install will i be able to restore it to factory setting, which is vista.. thanks i've got two partition c: and recovery d: thank you
Hello s7ven, just to confirm you can use the HP distributed 7 upgrade disk as described in the tutorial for a clean install.
You may wish to go to the HP drivers & downloads site and download the appropriate windows 7 drivers for your computers make & model if you are going to do a clean install as trying to identify which driver is which on the second disk is very difficult & the 2nd disk was really designed to be run as an in place upgrade
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23 Jan 2010   #258
s7ven

Windows s7ven
 
 

wow, guys thanks brink,, and special thanks to mitchel for confirming my thoughts,, thanks

oh another question guys, if i successfuly installed win7, and sometime in the future i want to reformat the pc,, how can i make it to reformat in win7 instead of vista?
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23 Jan 2010   #259
gregrocker

 

Use the Windows 7 DVD to format reinstall in future.

But a better idea is to save a Win7 Backup Image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just boot the DVD Repair console, select Recover Using An Image, then reimage the HD or a replacement in 15-20 minutes.
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24 Jan 2010   #260
s7ven

Windows s7ven
 
 

"externally"? do you mean like external device? will it overwrite my recovery d:?
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