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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

24 May 2013   #420
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi swamped. I used an Upgrade w7 Student edition with Option one, Clean Install and had to use Option 3 for the registry work around to active. It installed as a retail version does for me.


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25 May 2013   #421
swamped

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
swamped,

I'm happy to hear that your SSD is arriving today.

If you don't do the steps exactly in OPTION FOUR, it may not activate Windows. The upgrade afterwards allows it to be activated properly.

If you get the error in OPTION THREE, then you could also use it to legally activate.

Another question; at #9 I click on Custom, right?
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25 May 2013   #422
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

swamped,

When you do step 9 at the other link while doing an in-place upgrade for step 2 in OPTION FOUR on the first page, you would want to select Upgrade instead.
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25 May 2013   #423
swamped

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What confused me was mention of keeping files, settings and programs on the Upgrade option. But I guess the new ssd will already be clean. Even if it wasn't a new ssd, an old one would be wiped clean from the "clean install" at #1, OPTION FOUR, right?
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25 May 2013   #424
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That would be correct. You get the "keeping files, settings and programs" message because when you do the upgrade it makes a copy of the clean install from step to the "C:\Windows.old" folder. Towards the end of the in-place upgrade tutorial, it shows you how to delete the Windows.old folder to regain the space it uses.
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27 May 2013   #425
swamped

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Brink, thank you for all your help. I did the clean install w/upgrade yesterday, and it went really well. Was surprised, actually, when it activated becasue I had forgotten to de activate Windows on the old drive.
The only problem I had was that Device manager showed these drivers were missing: Marvel 91xx Config ATA Device, and Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller. Tried to correct with my Mobo disc, but ended up on Gigabyte's site. And for anyone else that runs into this problem, here's where I went -

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1366 - GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 2.0)

First, I unhooked my other hard drives, leaving only the new SSD, and then downloaded the Marvell Console Driver(SATA3), and Nec USB 3.0 Driver, and all was well.

Now to streamline everything.
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27 May 2013   #426
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome swamped. I'm happy to hear that it went relatively well for you.

Thank you for posting back with your results.
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15 Jun 2013   #427
ichifish

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on MBP 2011
 
 

tl;dr: Brink, you rock

Thank you so much for this, Brink. I can't tell you what a life saver you are. I have a Win 7 partition on my Macbook Pro that need to use for work along with the OSX side. Friday AM the OSX partition stopped booting (ironic that the Win 7 side was fine...), so on Saturday I picked up a new drive, made a pot of coffee, and got ready to do some installing. What a headache to find out that my trusty old xp no longer activates! I did the clean install of the upgrade and when it wouldn't activate I called the service office, who told me very politely (in Japanese, I'm in Osaka), that if I don't have a working copy of xp I'm up the proverbial creek. "But I DO have a copy!" I said, and then "I'll even pay for a Win 7 Full install! Please, I don't have time to learn Win 8 for Monday!" All to no avail. Well, the registry cleaner did the trick.
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15 Jun 2013   #428
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome ichifish, and welcome to Seven Forums. I'm happy to hear that it was able to help.
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15 Jun 2013   #429
ichifish

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on MBP 2011
 
 

Seriously, man, I don't now how to express my gratitude -you've really helped me out of a bind. Want anything from Japan?
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