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Windows 7: How to install x64 Upgrade Edition on new HD

10 Mar 2010   #1
asuh

Windows 7 RTM
 
 
How to install x64 Upgrade Edition on new HD

I have gone all the way through step 13 of this guide:
Clean Install Windows 7

When I get to enter the product ID, it says it won't accept it. When I talk to Microsoft, they say I have to have XP already installed on this new HDD in order to use this ID. I don't want to do this all over again. Help!


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10 Mar 2010   #2
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Asuh, there is no rule saying you need to have the program installed in the computer to be able to install Windows 7. It allows you to do a clean install even with an update license: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version. But you must own a previous license of XP or Vista to be able to use the upgrade license.

What version are you trying to install and do you have an XP (or Vista) license?
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10 Mar 2010   #3
asuh

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

I'm trying to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 using an Upgrade Edition DVD. I have the older license, but it does not prompt me to enter that one upon installation. It literally takes me to step 13 and then I can't use the Windows 7 ID that came with the disk.
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10 Mar 2010   #4
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

You don't need to enter the XP key in any step, you just have to own it to be legal. It is not a technical requirement, just a legal one

If you are sure you have an original disk (there are counterfeit products), and you are sure you are typing the key correctly (do not type dashes), I suggest you try MS technical support again. They should be able to validate your key

let us know
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10 Mar 2010   #5
asuh

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

So wait, I already contacted MS and they told me the only solution is to install XP on that disk first. They didn't give me any other option. If I contact them again, it's very likely they will not give me any new advice.

Just to clarify, I am upgrading to a brand new HDD with no OS on it. Microsoft says it requires I install XP on that new HDD before upgrading. I'd rather not do that since I've already installed Win7 already to step 13 in that link in the first post.
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10 Mar 2010   #6
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

I did a similar thing to you -- and I did NOT have XP on the system, nor did I have to enter the XP product key.

As previously suggested, have you checked your Win7 DVD to ensure that it's legitimate?
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10 Mar 2010   #7
asuh

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

I bought this from my university's bookstore. They wouldn't sell me something that's not legitimate. After I had trouble, I also talked to MS. This disk is legitimate.
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10 Mar 2010   #8
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

asuh, technical support depends on the person on the other side of the lines. I can tell you for sure you don't need to install XP in the disk to be able to install and validate Windows 7. A second call should give you a different answer, since that piece of information is wrong.

By the way, there is no way to "upgrade" from XP to Windows 7, you need to do a clean install. So there is no point in requiring it to be on the disk
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10 Mar 2010   #9
asuh

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

I called MS and they gave me another run around. THe product key that I have is a volume license key for this disk. MS would not give any support.

I called the IT dept of the university and a support guy said there's no way around installing XP first legally.
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10 Mar 2010   #10
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Your "IT" guy has no idea what he is talking about...
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