Solved A clean installtion of upgr win 7 home premium from starter.

February 24, 2012 at 13:21:21
Specs: Win 7 home 32
I have had a starter win 7 with my netbook but I upgraded with a win 7 home premium. I want to wipe all versions of win 7 and do a clean installation of upgrade win 7 home premium x32. I have a product key for upgrade win 7 home premium. Unfortunately my starter version product key that came with is not there ( Inside the battery case) with my netbook.
How to do a clean installation of upgrade win 7 home primium?
Thank you in advance for your help.

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February 24, 2012 at 20:38:38
You canNOT use another partitioning program IF you are using an UPGRADE disk for the install, it MUST 'See' the original installation when it launches in order to qualify for the upgrade. You do not need the original key since the disk verifies the original installation when it boots to the upgrade DVD. You DO need to launch the upgrade install disk, Choose Custom then Format/Partition, Delete the original Partitions (all), Create a new partition from the unallocated space for installing onto (other partitions should be made later with Disk Manager) and Format it (NTFS). Then follow the installation prompts.
If you did the 'Anytime Upgrade' then you do not have the upgrade install disk so this will NOT help you. You will need to do a Factory Restore with your Recovery Partition (you do not need the key here either) which will wipe everything and return it to the way the factory shipped the hard drive (see your manual online for details). THEN you need to do the upgrade again with the upgrade key. Here I am not as sure if you just need to change the key or there is another procedure (all features are in there, just locked away). Check MS site for details and/or Google it (reapplying anytime upgrade key after factory restore).

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February 24, 2012 at 13:39:45
when you ordered the upgrade they should have given you an activation code

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February 24, 2012 at 14:17:25
I think it just updates when you boot to the dvd. You have a choice at the beginning and I think you need custom. See MS pages for exact steps on the windows 7 site.

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February 24, 2012 at 17:33:28
What are the specs? Do you have an external DVD drive? Before attempting to install, make sure you back up all your pics, videos, files, etc. And download copies all all the drivers in advance. It's also best to repartition & reformat using a program other than the Windows DVD, otherwise you'll be stuck with the hidden 200MB boot partition. Once the drive is prepped, just boot off the upgrade DVD & install using the product key that came with it.

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February 24, 2012 at 20:38:38
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You canNOT use another partitioning program IF you are using an UPGRADE disk for the install, it MUST 'See' the original installation when it launches in order to qualify for the upgrade. You do not need the original key since the disk verifies the original installation when it boots to the upgrade DVD. You DO need to launch the upgrade install disk, Choose Custom then Format/Partition, Delete the original Partitions (all), Create a new partition from the unallocated space for installing onto (other partitions should be made later with Disk Manager) and Format it (NTFS). Then follow the installation prompts.
If you did the 'Anytime Upgrade' then you do not have the upgrade install disk so this will NOT help you. You will need to do a Factory Restore with your Recovery Partition (you do not need the key here either) which will wipe everything and return it to the way the factory shipped the hard drive (see your manual online for details). THEN you need to do the upgrade again with the upgrade key. Here I am not as sure if you just need to change the key or there is another procedure (all features are in there, just locked away). Check MS site for details and/or Google it (reapplying anytime upgrade key after factory restore).

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February 25, 2012 at 02:06:39
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

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February 25, 2012 at 08:25:01
"You canNOT use another partitioning program IF you are using an UPGRADE disk for the install"

Uh, yes you can. I've done it myself several times. As I explained, the reason the partitioning & formatting should be done prior to attempting the installation is to prevent Windows from setting up the 200MB hidden boot partition. If you do it using the Win7 disk, you'll be stuck with that partition.

And you do NOT need to upgrade from a previous OS. The upgrade DVD can be used to do a clean install. It is the exact same disk as the full install, the only difference is the product key. As I said, I've done this myself. If you care to google it, there are plenty of explanations out there:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=clean+install+...


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February 25, 2012 at 20:59:52
I was under the impression that the upgrade disk verifies the prior installation at the beginning when it starts so the logic would follow that if you wiped the drive before beginning the upgrade then the disk would reject it as an upgrade so you would need to use the upgrade disk to do the partitioning. This is what i have seen/heard a number of times including here. This is the first time I have heard anything to the contrary.

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