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Windows 7: Questions on re-installing windows 7 pro upgrade

28 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
Questions on re-installing windows 7 pro upgrade

I have been having some gaming problems on windows 7 professional, and have decided to do a clean install. I have the windows 7 pro upgrade from Digital River(I got the student discount) and was wondering:

a) Can I stick the cd in and simply do a clean install?

b) Or do I need to make a recovery disk?

c) Do I have to re-install xp for the upgrade to work?

d) will there be any problems with the windows key?

Thanks in advance,

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28 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

I suggest reading this (clean install with upgarde license):

Clean install with Windows 7 upgrade media? Get the facts! | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report |

There should be no problem activating again online, if there have been no major hardware changes since Win7 was activated. At worst, you'll have to activate by phone.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit

Great, thanks for the information, and quick response.
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28 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


You do not need to reinstall XP, or delete your current Win7.

If you boot the Win7 DVD to do a Custom clean install, the DVD will scan the HD and see the previous installation to allow Upgrade version key.
You can then use Drive Tools to format the partition before install.

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