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Windows 7: Windows Vista HDD Fail

30 Jan 2010   #1

Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista HDD Fail

I recently had my hard drive fail with Windows Vista on it. Can I buy the upgrade version of Windows 7 and install it on a new hard drive? The computer is only 2 years old and is an HP Pavillion Model #a6230n. I don't think the computer came with a Windows Vista Disk....It does have the registration sticker on the case. Thanks for any help.

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30 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yes, you can install the upgrade version of WIndows 7 on a computer that does NOT contain an operating system.

Here is a decent windows site that explains the procedure clearly.
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30 Jan 2010   #3

Windows Vista Home Premium

Thanks, I really just want to make sure that works. I have installed Windows Vista upgrade to a new hard drive, but somebody said Microsoft fixed this loop-hole? I don't want to buy it and it not work...
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31 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


Even if the registry workaround didn't work (which it does), you could run a Win7 Repair Install as soon as you get it installed and it will then accept the key.

If you have access to a Vista installer, you can install Vista first if you want.
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