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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

30 Apr 2010   #120
manjunath

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

brink,i have the following questions,

1)can I boot from dvd drive?
2)will this provide clean install(advanced)option?


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30 Apr 2010   #121
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Manjunath,

If you have a retail copy of a "Full" Windows 7 or "Upgrade" Windows 7, then yes to both questions.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Apr 2010   #122
manjunath

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

how will upgrade disk check for my previous os if I boot from dvd??
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30 Apr 2010   #123
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

There will be no need for it to if you wanted to do a clean (formatted) install of Windows 7 with the upgrade copy.

If you wanted to do a inplace upgrade install, then you will need to do this tutorial below instead. This will have you install your upgrade Windows 7 from within the previous OS (Vista).

Upgrade Install with Windows 7
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02 May 2010   #124
Cocoa Jeff

Windows 7 Professional, 32-bit (retail upgrade)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cocoa Jeff View Post
Hi, Brink;

Great turorial. But I just want to clarify something, so that I know what to expect. This will work on an already activated copy of a Windows 7 installation? I preordered Windows 7 and have been using it (activated) since it was released last year... I did a custom install on top of my existing Vista installation (maintaining the "windows.old" directory). However, I've got a brand new hard drive on the way and I wish to do a completely clean install of Windows 7 on the new hard drive (I don't want to mess with transferring my current drive to the new one, I want to start absolutely clean by letting Windows 7 format the new drive and install brand new). One of the sites I've seen linked from this one is Paul Thurrott's Super Site for Windows, and the following post caught my eye:

http://community.winsupersite.com/bl...oduct-key.aspx

In it, he states the following:

"Each product key (with the exception of those supplied by the Windows 7 Family Pack, of course) allows for only one electronic, automatic activation".

Is this true? Am I going to have to call Microsoft this time, to get it activated? Or will the normal online activation work more than once? If I have to call, then so be it... but I just want to make sure I'm prepared with the correct phone number, support hours, etcetra. I would appreciate any clarification that you can offer.

Thanks again for the great post, and for taking the time to follow up with everyone's questions.

Jeff
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Jeff, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you can activate Windows 7 on that same computer with the same product key number as many times as you like as long as it's only installed on that computer and only once.

A retail Windows 7 can be installed and activated on any computer as long as it has been uninstalled from any previous computer first. Sometimes a phone activation may be required instead of a normal online activation.

A OEM Windows 7 can only be installed and activated on the exact same first computer it was activated on. It is permanently tied to the first computer and cannot activated on another computer. This is why a OEM Windows 7 is much cheaper than a retail (full) Windows 7.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hi, Shawn and all;

I just wanted to confirm that I was able to successfully install and activate a full install of Windows 7 on my brand new empty hard drive with my Windows 7 Upgrade DVD, by following the registry workaround advice (option #3 on the first page of this thread, at "https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html"). I simply went through the install routine without entering my product code, and unchecking the "Automatically activate Windows when I'm online" setting... then I performed the registry tweak and DOS command after everything had finished installing, and rebooted. I was then able to activate without a hitch, it worked like a charm. It's good to know that I can do a reformat and clean install if I want to.

Now I just need to keep working on reconfiguring the eleventy-billion different settings that I had tweaked over the last several months since initially installing Win7, to get things back to where I like them...

Thanks again for the help, and for a great forum!
Jeff
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02 May 2010   #125
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news Jeff. I'm happy to hear that you got it installed without issue. Hopefully getting the settings the way you like them will go as fast and easy for you.
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03 Jun 2010   #126
m4sopmod

XP
 
 

Firstly would like to say thanks for the pictorial write up. Just need some clarifications on my Win7 install if you donít mind

Iíve bought a 64bit Windows 7 Professional Upgrade via itsnotcheating website. I currently have the disc in front of me with the valid upgrade key.

Questions
1. At the time of the order, i paid for a 64bit disc but iíve changed my mind now and would like to install a 32bit version as i canít justify sacrificing Firefox and possible compatibility issues with my apps / games for now.
- Is there a 32bit install option from the same disc?
- If not, is there a Microsoft link to download the 32 bit iso? Donít really trust torrents if you know what i mean

2. I currently have Windows XP Professional in my hard disc and i would like to do a clean install using option 1 (yes, iíve read through the tutorials). Do i need to reformat my hard disk which is currently on XP before performing the clean install via:-
(a) Insert Windows XP cd and boot into the XP installation menu (blue menu)
(b) Delete the XP OS partition (windows desktop will not let you delete/format OS partitions afaik)
(c) Exit the installation screen
(d.) Reinsert Windows 7 cd to begin the clean install?

3. From what i have gathered, the Win7 cd itself is irrelevant - tweaking the ei.cfg files unlocks the multiple version of Win7 in a single disc. What determines the type of Win7 you have (i.e. Pro, Ultimate, Home) is based on the product key you have. Will i then be able to install Win7 using a Retail (not an upgrade) Win7 Pro 32 bit cd and then activate it using my upgrade key?
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03 Jun 2010   #127
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello m4sopmod, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Q1) It depends on if the DVD offers 32-bit install option instead of just the 64-bit version that you purchased, and if it is a OEM or Retail product key number.

However, the 64-bit Windows 7 supports installing 32-bit applications as well. You can check at the link below to see if the are listed as being supported by 64-bit Windows 7 to be safe though.

Windows 7 Compatibility: Software Programs and Hardware Devices: Find Updates, Drivers, and Downloads


Q2) Yes, to do a clean install you will need to format and install Windows 7 as outlined in Option One of the tutorial. This is all done from booting from your Windows 7 installation disk, delete the XP partition, then continue installing Windows 7.

Q3) Yes, the product key number determines what edition of Windows 7 you can install and activate. It would be much easier to use the installation disc that came with the product key number though. You will need to check with where you purchased this though to see if it's a OEM or Retail product key number. Some OEM numbers may be limited to only what you purchased.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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04 Jun 2010   #128
m4sopmod

XP
 
 

Hi Brink

Thanks for addressing Question 2

I reckon i have the Retail Upgrade key instead of an OEM key as i've bought the Win7 via the official itsnotcheating site

Do you know where i can acquire a win7 pro upgrade 32bit cd (i.e. link). I currently have the 64bit cd
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04 Jun 2010   #129
windrider

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My Windows 7 pro upgrade disc came with 32 bit and 64 bit. It was the pre-purchase order from last May/June
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