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Old 12-11-2010, 06:46 AM   #1
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Default Installing windows 7 upgrade edition?

Hi, i have the windows 7 pro 64bit upgrade edition. To make it work i installed xp, then installed the windows 7 on top of it seeing as you need an existing os.

Would i have to do this again if i were to install it on a new hard drive, or could just just install the windows on its own seeing as i have already activated the license number once before?
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: Installing windows 7 upgrade edition?

you can use norton ghost to clone your existing hard-drive on to your new hard-drive
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:32 PM   #3
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Have you tried just using the upgrade edition of Windows 7 to install the OS instead of installing Windows 7 and then using the Windows 7 upgrade edition disk? Also, if you are moving to a bigger hard drive, don't do a reinstall. Simply use Clonezilla and copy an image of your current disk to the new, bigger disk. Clonezilla will save you TONS of time.
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Default Re: Installing windows 7 upgrade edition?

Id prefer doing a fresh install, to clean things up, do you know if i can use the license key without having an existing OS on there seeing as I have already activated the key once before, or do i still have to have an existing OS on there for it to work??
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Id prefer doing a fresh install, to clean things up, do you know if i can use the license key without having an existing OS on there seeing as I have already activated the key once before, or do i still have to have an existing OS on there for it to work??
Was the upgrade editon cheaper then the retail full install copy if so how much cheaper?
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:25 PM   #6
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well im a student, and as a student i can get windows 7 for 40 quid. The downside of it is that i could only get the upgrade version. im not sure how much it is for non student people.
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From what I understand, the upgrade disk is no different from a regular Windows 7 Pro x64 disk that you would normally have. So just pop in the upgrade disk and see if you can do a clean install. If not, then you're just going to have to install XP, then upgrade to 7 with the upgrade disk.
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From what I understand, the upgrade disk is no different from a regular Windows 7 Pro x64 disk that you would normally have. So just pop in the upgrade disk and see if you can do a clean install.
You can't do a clean install with an upgrade disk. You have to have a pre-existing Windows installation.
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You can't do a clean install with an upgrade disk. You have to have a pre-existing Windows installation.
This is what I understand as well. There shouldn't be a problem with installing xp first and then windows 7, it'll be fine.

It's not the same as xp was, the upgrade and full version discs being the same. I have an xp upgrade disc and I've done a full install with it many times and never had a problem. Windows 7 isn't like that, Microshaft isn't going to let people get around buying their more expensive full versions this time.
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Default Re: Installing windows 7 upgrade edition?

ok, buttttttttttttttttttttttttt, seeing as ive already activated the key once, do i againnnn have to have an existing OS for my windows 7 upgrade to work, or will it work, because its been used before.
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