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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

14 Dec 2011   #250
capt

Win7 RC 7100
 
 
Full blown install or upgrade?

Hi Shawn. Thanks for your reply. Just to make sure, as you say I have to do a clean install but I should be able to use an upgrade cd since the unit originally had Vista on it right? I'm wondering if I can do the install from the anytime updates site. I am not sure how long it would take and with the 2 hour reboot window so to be safe I guess I'll have to buy a physical CD... Thanks for the link for the drivers, appreciate it!


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14 Dec 2011   #251
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

If this is a Anytime Ugrade to Windows 7, then you will not be able to do a clean install. You'll need to upgrade from within Vista using Anytime Upgrade instead.

Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
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14 Dec 2011   #252
capt

Win7 RC 7100
 
 
Easiest way to get done!

Alright then, so for my Lenovo Y530 that originally shipped with Vista
that is currently running Win 7 RC 7100

what you are saying is ...

The only way to upgrade/update to the legitimate Win 7 will mean
- A full fresh install requiring reinstall of all programs and drivers not to mention data (Yuck!)
- I need to have the drivers downloaded first to add back (Thanks for the site revamp Lenovo!)
- I Can/Must/Should use a Windows 7 UPGRADE CD to whatever flavor I want (don't want/need ultimate) can't do it online

Too bad Win 8 isn't available yet or I'd do that again.....
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14 Dec 2011   #253
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sorry, but could clarify what type (ex: retail (full or upgrade), student, anytime upgrade, OEM, etc...) of Windows 7 installation disc/media you have?
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14 Dec 2011   #254
capt

Win7 RC 7100
 
 

Haven't purchased any yet - that is why I am asking. I want to get the right thing for the least cost if possible - but of course legal too!
Thanks
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14 Dec 2011   #255
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ok. That's what I thought until you mentioned anytime upgrade. I wasn't sure after that.

It depends on what you budget is like.

If you wanted to save money, then you could get a upgrade retail copy of Windows 7, but you would have to go through the longer installation process in this tutorial if you wanted to do a clean install with it.

If you wanted a faster clean install, then you could get a full retail copy of Windows 7, but it will be more expensive than a upgrade copy of it.

Hope this helps better.
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15 Dec 2011   #256
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by capt View Post
Haven't purchased any yet - that is why I am asking. I want to get the right thing for the least cost if possible - but of course legal too!
Thanks
Newegg has Win 7 Home Prem x64 OEM for $80 for a couple of days. The OEM version will be tied to whatever computer you install in on the first time.
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28 Dec 2011   #257
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello again,

I have succeeded in performing a clean install with a student copy with windows 7 professional upgrade version, but now I am wondering if I can just use the same disc, but obtain a key by purchasing a digital version such as this one
Microsoft Store Online - Windows 7 Professional Upgrade
*It's slightly cheaper than buying the disc version at the school's store
and then installing on a new build, and still follow the same tutorial. Thanks in advance!
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28 Dec 2011   #258
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Jeff,

They are both the same type of Windows 7, so yes you should be able to.
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28 Dec 2011   #259
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Awesome thanks, just wanted to double check.
And I assume downloading a digital copy will uh...grant you the installer which can be substituted by the disc, and an unique activation key?
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