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Can't upgrade XP to W7 on Dell HDD in new PC

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June 7, 2010 at 19:26:07
Specs: Windows XP, 2gb
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I will be updating from a Dell Dimension 8400 to a system that I am putting together from spare parts and stuff I purchased. All I am taking from the Dell is the hard drives and Optical Drive.
I am trying to save a few bucks and buy the upgrade version, but can I install the upgrade version if I put the hard drives into the new system first and then install windows 7 upgrade? I read somewhere that in order to run an upgrade, it must detect an install of a older OS, but my concerns come with how Dells OS's are branded to the Dell Mobo's.
Help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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June 7, 2010 at 22:01:22
The Dell OS has a volume license and is locked to the Dell, it cannot be used on another computer and activation of the upgrade would fail.
You will need to purchase a full W7 OS.

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June 7, 2010 at 22:06:28
Thanks for the reply! I guess I can just get one of the OEM Win7"s off Newegg or something. I will just move the hard drives and do a full install then. Again, thanks so much for the response!

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June 8, 2010 at 13:08:58
I am sure there are plenty of web pages on how do do what you suggest. (be it legal or not)

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June 8, 2010 at 13:21:37

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June 8, 2010 at 22:37:33
You can use an upgrade version of 7 you just can't do an in place upgrade install over XP. Fresh installs are always better anyway.
The easiest way is to install XP on a small partition, maybe 10GB. But don't delete it because 7 will likely install the BCD files (boot fies) on the XP partition. This is fine if you want to boot to the 7 install disk after you delete XP and have it repair the boot problems. There are also other ways to get the boot files back but that is the most straight forward way.

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