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

22 Oct 2009   #31
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

Great news.....but still part of the puzzle remains. Was the key a full retail key instead of an Upgrade.

Below is a note from MS about digital river downloads being full not upgrade.

Dear Customer,
Thank you for choosing Windows 7 Online store.
We understand that you are interested to purchase Windows 7 Upgrade through our online store.

We apologize for the confusion.

The Windows 7 offered in this promotion is a full version. You can
install this product even though you do not have a previous Operating System installed in your computer

or if you want to make a multi boot using Windows 7. The "Upgrade" included in the product name is just

because Windows 7 is the latest Operating System Windows developed.



Sincerely,

Joanna A.

Windows 7 Offer online store

Customer Service


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22 Oct 2009   #32
SilverGator

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

I guess this is the question that remains for me:

Is reformatting the hard drive and then doing a clean install the same as booting from the DVD and choosing "format" when it prompts you to do so?

If not, what is the difference?

I would HATE to reformat the computer and then not be able to install Windows 7 from boot and then have to install Vista again and then 7.
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22 Oct 2009   #33
gregrocker

 

In my case I formatted from the booted Windows 7 Premium upgrade disk after deleting the partition.
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22 Oct 2009   #34
dmb219

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SilverGator View Post
I guess this is the question that remains for me:

Is reformatting the hard drive and then doing a clean install the same as booting from the DVD and choosing "format" when it prompts you to do so?

If not, what is the difference?

I would HATE to reformat the computer and then not be able to install Windows 7 from boot and then have to install Vista again and then 7.
Formatting either way yields exactly the same result.
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22 Oct 2009   #35
jackdawg

Windows 7 RTM 16385
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
In my case I formatted from the booted Windows 7 Premium upgrade disk after deleting the partition.
Did you delete the partition outside or inside the windows 7 setup?
I am basically trying to find out whether there was any for the Windows 7 upgrade setup to detect a previous version of Windows.
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22 Oct 2009   #36
jackdawg

Windows 7 RTM 16385
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dmb219 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SilverGator View Post
I guess this is the question that remains for me:

Is reformatting the hard drive and then doing a clean install the same as booting from the DVD and choosing "format" when it prompts you to do so?

If not, what is the difference?

I would HATE to reformat the computer and then not be able to install Windows 7 from boot and then have to install Vista again and then 7.
Formatting either way yields exactly the same result.
Not really.
If you format within the Windows 7 Setup, then the Windows 7 being installed could detect a previous Windows, and therefore make it a 'legitimate' upgrade.

Formatting outside the Windows 7 Setup doesn't give the Windows 7 being installed any chance of being an upgrade.
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22 Oct 2009   #37
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SilverGator View Post
Very interesting. Would the method proposed by zigzag give me the same result I am looking for?

SG

Hi I was just coming back to check on you . I got you some more info. this is a complete tutorial on how to do it Clean Install Windows 7

Hope this helps and if you need something, Yell

Ken
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22 Oct 2009   #38
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jackdawg View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
In my case I formatted from the booted Windows 7 Premium upgrade disk after deleting the partition.
Did you delete the partition outside or inside the windows 7 setup?
I am basically trying to find out whether there was any for the Windows 7 upgrade setup to detect a previous version of Windows.
I used the Custom Advanced tools on the booted Win7 Upgrade installer to Delete and then Format the HDD.

There was an un-activated RTM underneath. Before that it was zeroed.
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22 Oct 2009   #39
jackdawg

Windows 7 RTM 16385
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jackdawg View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
In my case I formatted from the booted Windows 7 Premium upgrade disk after deleting the partition.
Did you delete the partition outside or inside the windows 7 setup?
I am basically trying to find out whether there was any for the Windows 7 upgrade setup to detect a previous version of Windows.
I used the Custom Advanced tools on the booted Win7 Upgrade installer to Delete and then Format the HDD.

There was an un-activated RTM underneath. Before that it was zeroed.
This case is exactly similar to mine. Working and activated.
As I said earlier, maybe the new Windows 7 is using previous RTM copy to make it a 'legitimate' upgrade.
Definitely not checking for activation, with a previous Win 7 RTM.
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22 Oct 2009   #40
dmb219

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jackdawg View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dmb219 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SilverGator View Post
I guess this is the question that remains for me:

Is reformatting the hard drive and then doing a clean install the same as booting from the DVD and choosing "format" when it prompts you to do so?

If not, what is the difference?

I would HATE to reformat the computer and then not be able to install Windows 7 from boot and then have to install Vista again and then 7.
Formatting either way yields exactly the same result.
Not really.
If you format within the Windows 7 Setup, then the Windows 7 being installed could detect a previous Windows, and therefore make it a 'legitimate' upgrade.

Formatting outside the Windows 7 Setup doesn't give the Windows 7 being installed any chance of being an upgrade.
You're right about that. I was referring to the actual manner in which the disk or partition was formatted.
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