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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

28 Dec 2011   #260
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yes, they should provide you a unique product key number with the purchase. If it's a ISO file that you download, then you could also just burn it to DVD or extract to a USB flash drive to make them bootable to use to install with.

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01 Jan 2012   #261
mukhi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
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.
i can confirm this. if you have a win7pro64 upgrade disk and win7pro64 anytime upgrade key, no matter what options you go for (described by OP here), there is NO WAY that one can "clean install" windows. i have tried all the methods described here but all of them failed.
my OS is win7hp64 and i am trying to migrate the OS to an SSD and clean install win7pro64 by using genuine win7pro64 upgrade disk and win7pro64 anytime upgrade key.
looks like i can ONLY upgrade without a clean install. MS truly sucks in their installation policy.

NOTE: so far i could be able to successfully migrate win7hp64 from HDD to SSD by using a 3rd party software.
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01 Jan 2012   #262
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you for the confirmation Mukhi.
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02 Jan 2012   #263
mukhi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Thank you for the confirmation Mukhi.
welcome, Brink!
i tried very hard for the last two days attempting different methods for a clean install. i will now go for normal upgrade from win7hp64 to win7pro64 today and am not happy that i will not be able to do clean install despite having GENUINE key. this certainly encourages people to go for pirated version, and i will not be surprised if i do this in future.

if you see my other posts, you will see that another laptop of mine is screwed up because of MS stupid update. since then i could not fix it and still using ubuntu there. boo, MS.

honestly, i use windows because of software flexibility, blu-ray/HDMI advantages. after these couple of incidences, i will definitely give a second thought about "buying" windows next time.
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02 Jan 2012   #264
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Millions of users have done this without issue. Steps are very specific and will work. I have done a clean install with a Systems Student Upgrade MS Campus Agreement version. Did you purchase a Windows 7 Professional key?
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02 Jan 2012   #265
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Gary,

A "Anytime Upgrade" copy is different than a "Student upgrade" copy. You will be able to do so with a student copy, but I have yet had a Anytime Upgrade copy able to do a clean install.
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02 Jan 2012   #266
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Oops! Sorry, having/had a see Nile moment.
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03 Jan 2012   #267
mukhi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Millions of users have done this without issue. Steps are very specific and will work. I have done a clean install with a Systems Student Upgrade MS Campus Agreement version. Did you purchase a Windows 7 Professional key?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Gary,

A "Anytime Upgrade" copy is different than a "Student upgrade" copy. You will be able to do so with a student copy, but I have yet had a Anytime Upgrade copy able to do a clean install.
my anytime upgrade key is a "purchased" one (from a sony store). although for "millions" it worked, it did not work for me, and FYI, my computer knowledge is NOT very basic, IMHO.

Brink is right, it is failing for anytime upgrade key for sure no matter what you do. i also have a student upgrade genuine key for another computer. i will see whether i can get success if i try a clean install in that computer in future (will report here about failure/success).

crazy MS.
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15 Jan 2012   #268
unoplayer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is there a big difference between the custom install that leaves the windows.old folder and the clean install after wiping your hard drive?
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15 Jan 2012   #269
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello UnoPlayer, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You pretty much stated the main differences. A clean install is when you format the computer for a fresh new installation with everything back to default. A custom install is for when you wanted to have your current installation backed up to the Windows.old folder and say also wanted to do a clean install of a upgrade copy.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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