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Windows 7: Win7 News confirms Upgrade same as Full Retail

23 Oct 2009   #1
gregrocker

 
Win7 News confirms Upgrade same as Full Retail

How to clean install from Windows 7 Upgrade media

Mike Halsey | Oct 22, 2009 | Windows 7 News & Tips blog

One of the biggest unanswered questions about Windows 7 is whether you can perform a clean install using the upgrade edition of the operating system.

With legacy versions of Windows you needed to Ďshowí it an install CD from your older version of Windows. The problem here is that Microsoft allowed OEM PC makers to customise these discs, sometimes to the point where they were not recognisable as upgrade media by the installer, even though you had a legitimate copy.

With Windows Vista they changed this but you had to perform a workaround to get a clean install. Firstly you had to install Vista upgrade without entering a product key, and then you had to install it again performing an upgrade on the version you had already installed. This was time-consuming and many people didnít like itÖ understandably.

With Windows 7 Microsoft have only released the upgrade versions for the first time today and have been keeping very tight-lipped on this subject. The good, nay, excellent news is that performing a clean install using upgrade media is now the same as performing a clean install.

Windows 7 will just install merrily on your hard disk with itís upgrade product code and activate. You donít need an XP or Vista disc, and you donít need to install it over itself. This is excellent news and, while I havenít yet tried this myself, reports are coming in from across the web that this is indeed the case.

Many people will now ask if itís necessary to buy the full version of Windows 7. Quite simply now the answer is that it isnít. This means an significant price cut for Windows 7 over previous versions, effective immediately
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23 Oct 2009   #2
Sharivari

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Well, I didn't take the risk.

I installed XP with SP3 on my new HDD before upgrading to Windows 7.

It wasted an hour of my time, but at least I knew it would work.

But I hope what you're reporting is true, as I shouldn't have to install XP first should I need to reinstall Windows 7 in future.

It certainly wasn't clear I was purchasing an upgrade at the time - I assumed it was the full version.

Anyway, that's behind me now - it all seems to be running fine, so I'm
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23 Oct 2009   #3
quietus29

Windows 7 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sharivari View Post
Well, I didn't take the risk.

I installed XP with SP3 on my new HDD before upgrading to Windows 7.

It wasted an hour of my time, but at least I knew it would work.

But I hope what you're reporting is true, as I shouldn't have to install XP first should I need to reinstall Windows 7 in future.

It certainly wasn't clear I was purchasing an upgrade at the time - I assumed it was the full version.

Anyway, that's behind me now - it all seems to be running fine, so I'm
This guy has been trolling everywhere! You can do the windows vista trick with windows 7. Meaning you have to install it twice. Once without the key, and then from within windows 7, run the installation again, but choose upgrade.
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23 Oct 2009   #4
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by quietus29 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sharivari View Post
Well, I didn't take the risk.

I installed XP with SP3 on my new HDD before upgrading to Windows 7.

It wasted an hour of my time, but at least I knew it would work.

But I hope what you're reporting is true, as I shouldn't have to install XP first should I need to reinstall Windows 7 in future.

It certainly wasn't clear I was purchasing an upgrade at the time - I assumed it was the full version.

Anyway, that's behind me now - it all seems to be running fine, so I'm
This guy has been trolling everywhere! You can do the windows vista trick with windows 7. Meaning you have to install it twice. Once without the key, and then from within windows 7, run the installation again, but choose upgrade.
Yeah the guy with 3 posts here tells a Senior he's a troll, sure.

A handful of newbies can't clean install from boot with their Upgrades like hundreds of people are reporting on all the tech blog forums (and now breaking out into the news blogs) so they use the upgrade over upgrade and now are telling everyone they have to do that. So people install twice and of course it works because these Upgrade keys are all Full Retail keys.
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23 Oct 2009   #5
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

I think Mr Mike Halsey | Oct 22, 2009 | Windows 7 News & Tips blog
will regret his blog as time reveals all.
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