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Windows 7: OEM and PC World

10 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
OEM and PC World

This is my first visit. I have an Acer X1300 purchased from PC World 16 months ago with Windows XP OEM and free Windows 7 upgrade. I believe the hard drive is failing and have contacted PC World. They say that if the hard drive is faulty I will need to purchase a full version of Windows 7. Is this correct? Help please.



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10 Mar 2011   #2

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

As far as I can make out, they are BSing. XP cannot be "upgrade installed" to win7, in other words you need to do a clean install that'll wipe out the OS partition and install win7 afresh. So whether you use the upgrade kit on the current hard drive or a new one, in either case a clean install will need to be performed.

As we know, upgrade disks can be legally used to perform clean installs provided the user owns a previous, qualifying OS such as XP that you already do. Heres a tut of how to go about it.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

You'll need to use the product key you'll get with the upgrade kit.
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