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Windows 7: General Upgrade Questions

05 Jan 2014   #1

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General Upgrade Questions

I'm currently running Windows XP Pro (upgrade version) and I'm planning to install Windows 7 Pro (upgrade version). Will I have any problems upgrading because my previous version of Windows was also an upgrade version and not the full install version? I'm asking this question because once I open the new Windows 7 software I will not be able to return it if it turns out that I can't use it to upgrade my previous Windows XP version which as I said was an upgrade from Windows 98.
The other question I have concerns the fact that Microsoft tells me I can only install Windows 7 on one computer. What will happen if my current computer bites the dust and I need to purchase a new one. Will Microsoft allow me to reinstall it then on the new computer? Has anyone had this experiance? Thanks

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05 Jan 2014   #2

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You can't upgrade from winxp to win7. Only upgrades from vista and win7 are supported.
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You can transfer a lot very easy with Windows Easy Transfer - Microsoft Windows

A clean install isn't a bad thing anyway after a win98 to winxp path and using it for years. Clean install with upgrade dvd: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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05 Jan 2014   #3
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You can use Upgrade version, just not do an in-place Upgrade. Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Retail Win7 other than OEM can migrate wherever you want as long as there is a qualifying XP or Vista which came preinstalled on the target PC, or a retail copy of either which doesn't even have to be installed - this is on the honor system.
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