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Windows 7: clean install with upgrade

03 Jul 2010   #1
dfs4

Windows 7
 
 
clean install with upgrade

Is it possible to do a clean install with upgrade version of home premium or ultimate? Meaning format everything first and then use the Windows 7 upgrade dvd to install it from scratch?


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03 Jul 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

It most certainly is. Read this great tutorial for instructions.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips

You must format during the process, but again the answer is yes.
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03 Jul 2010   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Did you check this Tutorial ?

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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03 Jul 2010   #4
dfs4

Windows 7
 
 

then what is the full version for if it costs twice as much?
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03 Jul 2010   #5
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If you do not have a supporting system to upgrader from.
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03 Jul 2010   #6
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
At this point the poster probably checked it twice LOL
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03 Jul 2010   #7
dfs4

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
If you do not have a supporting system to upgrader from.
you mean no OS installed before?! doesn't make sense or did you mean something else?
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03 Jul 2010   #8
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

For an upgrade you must have a qualified OS to upgrade from. If you do not you must buy the full retail. You must have XP or Vista.

http://lifehacker.com/5152335/window...nd-vista-users
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03 Jul 2010   #9
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dfs View Post
then what is the full version for if it costs twice as much?
Legally, to use the Upgrade disks, you must have a qualifying license for a previous version of Windows (XP or Vista). There is no such restriction with the Full version, that is why the price difference. The workaround that other members have told you about (Clean Install with the Upgrade version) is legal only if you satisfy that criteria, otherwise it is "not properly licensed".

This is how the ZDnetblogger, Ed Bott puts it:

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The answer is really simple. If you qualify for an upgrade license, then yes, you can use any number of work-arounds to install the operating system legally. If you don't qualify for an upgrade license, then those same workarounds might technically succeed, but your license is not valid.

Will you get away with it? Probably. But if you're running a business, you run the risk that an employee will turn you in to the Business Software Alliance, which could lead to an audit, civil charges, and eventually some stiff penalties.
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03 Jul 2010   #10
dfs4

Windows 7
 
 

My dell laptop came with vista intalled on it and have the product key. Does that mean I get an upgrade and can legally do a clean install?
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