reinstall from win 7 upgrade

September 19, 2009 at 13:56:37
Specs: Vista Home Premium, Intel Dual Core 3Gb

I've done a bit of searching on this but cant
seem to find a definitive answer. If you buy the
upgrade version of win7 to upgrade a
legitimate copy of vista what do you do if you
need to format and reinstall? Do you jump
through hoops by first installing vista then
applying the upgrade or would your vista
licence key be invalidated by the upgrade thus
preventing you from first installing vista.

Does anyone know for sure how this would

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September 19, 2009 at 20:24:27

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September 20, 2009 at 09:44:52

I'm not positive about Windows 7. But to prove prior ownership of Windows, it's been customary for an upgrade version to ask that the CD for the prior version to be inserted in the drive to show prior ownership. It has not been necessary for the prior version to be installed and running.

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September 20, 2009 at 12:28:34

I read a post on a Windows 7 forum by someone claiming to work for Microsoft, that a disk of 2000, XP or higher could be inserted when requested, but in addition your key would need to be entered as well.

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September 20, 2009 at 16:06:58

Vista to W7 is a simple upgrade. Nothing more unless you wish to do a full install.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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September 22, 2009 at 15:31:22

I guess we'll have to wait and see to be sure. If you have to first install vista and then 7 if you want to reinstall then making an image once you have it up and running would be a good idea

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September 22, 2009 at 15:38:54

If you have Vista on and you want to do an upgrade then you put the Windows 7 DVD in and use the install program to upgrade what you have.

If you want you can simply format and do a clean install. I would be sure I had the recovery disks for the OEM setup and that they have been tested.

You will not be able to simply upgrade XP, it requires a clean install.

Well if you want Microsoft information then you need to go to Microsoft to be sure.

Try this page and see what you think.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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September 22, 2009 at 18:18:43

"I guess we'll have to wait and see to be sure. If you have to first install vista and then 7 ...."

You got that right with the exception of the wait & see part.

There is no waiting or seeing. The rule is simple: You need a qualifying OS installed & activated in order to use the Windows 7 "upgrade" media for a full install. In other words, if you have a blank disc, you cannot use an upgrade media to complete a full install, if otherwise, you're good to go.

Now, as far as performing an in-place upgrade from XP to Windows 7, there's slim to no compelling reason to carry all the system clutter from XP to a newer OS. But anyone that prefers to do that, can sure do. Insofar as they are prepared to do an in-place upgrade twice: one from XP to Vista & then again, from Vista to Windows 7 to complete the XP-to-Windows 7 "in-place" upgrade migration on their system.

So far, the only alternative workaround to a double install is to use a program like PCmover for the in-place upgrade. And this approach involves the use of an external storage media of some sort to store the PCmover image created for the XP installation, which will then have to be restored after Windows 7 is clean-installed on the same machine so as to merge the files & programs settings from XP to the Windows 7 desktop installation.

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September 26, 2009 at 13:40:48

Best bet if you want to do a clean install is to buy a OEM copy of windows 7 and newegg has that on back order. I ordered mine that way I wouldn't have to do a in place upgrade over vista which will be dual booted with windows vista since I paid for vista.

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