Clean Format and Windows 7 Upgrade


  1. Posts : 15
    Windows 7 32bit
       #1

    Clean Format and Windows 7 Upgrade


    Hi.
    I am about to purchase a new HDD for my laptop.
    Once installed I am going to perform a clean install of Windows 7 from my Upgrade DVD.

    As I have already used the product key in my previous installion, will I need to buy another one or activation? Not sure how it works.

    My laptop originally came with Vista and I upgraded to Genuine Windows 7 upgrade a few years ago.

    Many thanks
    Chris
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  2. Posts : 12,012
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
       #2

    Djwoody said:
    I upgraded to Genuine Windows 7 upgrade a few years ago.
    Do you have the Product Key for the Windows 7 upgrade? A Vista key won't help you much.

    If so, you can reuse it and won't have to buy anything.
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  3. Posts : 15
    Windows 7 32bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    ignatzatsonic said:
    Djwoody said:
    I upgraded to Genuine Windows 7 upgrade a few years ago.
    Do you have the Product Key for the Windows 7 upgrade? A Vista key won't help you much.

    If so, you can reuse it and won't have to buy anything.
    Yes, I have the original Win 7 packaging with key.
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  4. Posts : 21,482
    Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
       #4

    In that case, use the instructions from here...
    Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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  5. Posts : 15
    Windows 7 32bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Are all laptop hard drives the same dimensions?
    I have a 320gb drive in my Sony VGN-FW21E and am looking to install a Seagate SSHD 2.5" 1TB drive.
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  6. Posts : 21,482
    Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
       #6

    Almost all laptops use 2.5" drives, yes. (some small-form-factor ones use smaller SSD drives, but there is none that use smaller HD's for the simple reason that there is no such thing :) )
    Desktop drives are almost all 3.5" drives - except where speed is crucial, so they may use 2.5" SSDs
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