Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

25 Sep 2010   #150
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by buckedthead View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Doug,

Yes, it still works just perfect for retail copies of Windows 7 Upgrade.
So this is probably a silly question, but with all the confusion about the Student Upgrade version I have a question:

I currently have Vista Business 32-bit installed - OEM on a Dell. If I purchase the Student Upgrade Disk for Windows 7 I can do a clean install with it correct?

Just wanted to double check before spending the money on it now since the $30 promotion is over. Thanks!

Hello Buckedthead, and welcome to Seven Forums.

While other members have reported that they were able to do a clean install at the link below with a student upgrade disk, I cannot confirm it as certain though.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
25 Sep 2010   #151
buckedthead

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Well I will take my chance. Worst case I figure I call Microsoft to get a key to fix the error.

Thanks for the lighting quick reply.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Sep 2010   #152
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome. Hopefully you will still be able to.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2010   #153
buckedthead

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Well install went just fine - and so did activation. I did the custom install for a clean install going from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit 7 and it went pretty smooth, with one exception. It seems on my computer there is a 30GB OEM partition that I could not do anything about during install. Any ideas on how I might be able to recover that space? Or am I SOL on that one?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

29 Sep 2010   #154
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Buckethead,

Unless you just really need the HDD space, I would recommend to leave the 30GB partition as is. This way you will have a easy and more reliable way to reinstall the OS that came with your computer if needed. It would also be a good idea to create a set of Dell recovery discs (see links below for how) to use to reinstall the original OS instead in case of total HDD failure.

Using the Dell

OR

Creating Your System Recovery Discs with Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 | Dell


If you truly do not need or want it, then go ahead and post a new thread on this issue, and post back a link to it. I'll be happy to help with it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Oct 2010   #155
rockfarmer

Windows 7 (retail) both
 
 
Upgrading from an Upgrade

I am perplexed with all the confusion regarding statements that in order to use Windows 7 Update Media, you must own a FULL version of a qualifying product. Witness statement in your reference of SMB Community Blog. That statment is found in many places on the internet.

I searched everywhere including my Window 7 Upgrade Media DVD. Nowhwere does it say specifically that I need a FULL version of eithr Windows XP or Vista. It merely state I need to have a qualifying product license. Even Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor doesn't spcify any such condition of Full Version when I run it from an upgrade product.

So can I do a legal installation of Windows 7 from an Upgrade Media when the qualifying product is in fact another ugrade?

Yes or no?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Oct 2010   #156
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Rockfarmer,

Since you are able to do a clean install from a upgrade using either option in the tutorial, it's fine if the previous OS is a Upgrade or Full version.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2010   #157
rockfarmer

Windows 7 (retail) both
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Rockfarmer,

Since you are able to do a clean install from a upgrade using either option in the tutorial, it's fine if the previous OS is a Upgrade or Full version.
Well, I didn't want Microsoft on my case for using an upgrade version as the qualifying product. Have to wonder though why so many people are adamant that you can only use a FULL version as a qualifier. I know this is a different subject but can you keep either a Vista intact as a dual boot and do a custom install of 7 in a different partition? It seems on the surface you are in violation of the EULA, but you can only use one operating system at a time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2010   #158
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Technically, you are suppose to no longer use what you are upgrading from when doing a clean install with a upgrade version. However, as long as you have it all installed on the same computer where you can only use one OS at a time, I don't think Microsoft is going to mind.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Dec 2010   #159
Lorien

32-bit Vista Business SP2
 
 

Hi Shawn,

Sorry if this was asked before, but I want to be certain as I have a thread where this has become a very key point. According to Microsoft, approved upgrade paths are as follows: Windows 7 Upgrade Paths.

Do those rules apply to using this tutorial?

For example, the user wants to upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro. According to Microsoft, this is not an approved upgrade. Can it be done anyway by using this process or does it only work when an upgrade option is approved in the above link? I don't want them buying the upgrade package and finding out that they can't activate.

Thank you very much in advance.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Clean install with upgrade version without windows.old file?
Hi is there anyway i can do this? also i dont know how to do it from the bios can you help me? i also want to make sure there are no traces of vista and all data is gone. additional informartion: toshiba satellite a500 4gb ram 500gb hd
Installation & Setup
Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Hello everyone, Just to let you all know that I have confirmed that you can do either a clean install, custom install, or upgrade install with a retail Upgrade version of Windows 7 and activate it on a clean unallocated (blank) drive or partition without any other OS installed or with one...
Installation & Setup
Upgrade version vs clean install version
I need to know if I can use a clean install disk for Windows 7 Ultimate to upgrade from Vista or if I have to use an Upgrade version? I'm leaning towards buying the clean install disk so that if I should loose the hard drive at some future point I could just clean install Win 7 Ultimate from...
Installation & Setup
Can You Do A Clean Install Using A Upgrade Version of 7
My question is Can You Do A Custom Clean Install Using A Upgrade Version of Windows 7? I already have a valid OS installed on the hard drive. I am using Windows Vista Home Premium right now. I am wondering if I can do a custom clean install of Windows 7 from an upgrade disk of Windows 7 Home...
Installation & Setup
UPGRADE version: Can you a do a 'clean' install
With VISTA, you could not install a fresh copy, you needed to upgrade your existing OS. (unlike XP, 2000, etc.) Did this change with 7? Can you do a clean install from an upgrade 7 DVD? Thanks!
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:41.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App