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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

28 Jul 2013   #440
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Thanks, your comments and John's confused me on that.
Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
That was only for if he wanted to do so from the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant instead of a clean install, and how to download an ISO and/or create installation media with.


You won't have any issues doing a clean install with an upgrade copy of Windows 8.


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28 Jul 2013   #441
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Okey dokey. I think I had told him that. Oh, he was wanting to do an upgrade to save the installs he had.
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06 Sep 2013   #442
daveje49

Win 7 x64
 
 
Clean Win7 Upgrade Install - Double Install (Option 4)

My current 3 yo Win7 home premium is rather gunkerd-up, I was advised to do a clean install. What I want to do is go out, buy a win7 ultimate disc, and replace the current o/s - but I want to save all my settings, shortcuts, tweaks, gadgets, 3rd party programs, task scheduler, etc... LOTS of customization work done over the years and I want to preserve it. In fact, if I had to re-install every program, reconfigure every shortcut, it would be more work than the benefit of the clean upgrade install.
I want to replace 'the guts' so to speak; while leaving my interface intact.

Will this 'double install' option do this for me? And if things go screwy, can I use a full system image backup to get things back to where they were? Atlas (my comp) actually is running 'OK' but I know it could run a lot better.
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06 Sep 2013   #443
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Dave, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In that case, you would want to do a repair install instead.

If you did a clean install, it would wipe everything out to be starting from scratch again.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 Nov 2013   #444
bascotie

Windows 7 64
 
 

Having a little trouble:

This is an awesome tutorial, by the way, just didn't work out in my case.

I installed Windows 7 pro 64 bit for someone with an upgrade key for it. We did a clean install after replacing the hard drive. I got the activation error saying it's for upgrades only. I tried option THREE, but still got the error.

Called Microsoft, they basically told me to do the same thing mentioned here in option FOUR, which I did. Popped the cd in, hit upgrade, and went with it. Tried to activate, and got the same error.

The funny thing is, on the old hard drive we did something similar, where pro 64 was already installed and we were repairing the OS with an in place upgrade, and it activated fine.

Any idea how to get this thing to activate?
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02 Nov 2013   #445
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Bascotie, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have not already, you might see if you may be able to activate by phone.
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02 Nov 2013   #446
bascotie

Windows 7 64
 
 

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

If you have not already, you might see if you may be able to activate by phone.
I did try to activate by phone originally but got the same error (before doing the in place upgrade).

I tried option 3 again, and when I rebooted I got a "Windows must be reinstalled" message saying an unauthorized change to windows was made.
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02 Nov 2013   #447
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

What are you using to install Windows 7 with? Is it an upgrade version to match the key and not a full version?

When you used Option Four, did you make sure to do all of step 1?
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02 Nov 2013   #448
bascotie

Windows 7 64
 
 

I used a System Builder (OEM) Windows 7 Pro 64 disc I had and used the upgrade key along with it AFTER installing (aka skipped the step during install to put in key)

So it looks like I did follow step one (just looked over it again to make sure). thanks for the quick reply!
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02 Nov 2013   #449
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Is this is an upgrade version System Builder (OEM) installation media?

If not, then this will be why your upgrade product key is not activating it.

When you do Option Four, you need to enter the product key during the 1st install, but only uncheck the Automatically activate Windows when I'm online box.
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