Questions about Upgrading to Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
August 27, 2010 at 05:49:21
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Athlon™ X2 / 2GB
OK. Bare with me here.
I have 3 computers. A laptop which came with Windows 7 preloaded. Two Desktops. One came with Vista preloaded and the other is an old one I am giving to my Daughter for school which had 98ME preloaded and I installed 2000 and I have an XP upgrade CD for that computer.

Actual Question: What would I need to do to get Windows 7 on my Desktops, but also need to be able to reload the OS in the future in case of any hardware or software failures?

Actually I had to replace the MOBO on the Desktop with Vista Loaded. I didn't have to do anything else. I just replaced the MOBO and turned the PC on and that was it. I don't know if that poses a problem.

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August 27, 2010 at 06:31:35
I somehow doubt the old desktop that originally came with 98SE will meet the minimum requirements to run Win7. You have not given any detailed specifications for either machine so we're only guessing.

As for the Vista pre-loaded machine, we presume the replacement motherboard you fitted was identical to the original and that is why you had no difficulties with it booting.
If this is a brand-name system then tell us. The system builder should have WIN7 drivers if they exist.
If you purchase a WIN7 Upgrade disk in order to upgrade the Vista machine, and then subsequently have a failure that necessitates re-install of the operating system onto eg a new or formatted harddrive, you may run into difficulties proving you have an eligible qualifying product. Do you have a Vista disk?

You may need to buy a retail WIN7 disk which can probably be used to upgrade the existing system or install to a new drive.

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August 27, 2010 at 07:08:48
The new MOBO is a Foxconn M61PMV. I do have a Vista disk. I think it's a recovery disk, but it's the one that came with the PC when I bought it. If not, does anyone know where I can get a cheap price on the Windows 7 Premium Full Install?

About the Other PC. If I can't upgrade to 7, no big deal. It's my daughters. In the future, I will probably either switch out the components in the PC and then upgrade to 7 or leave it the way it is.

Thanks for the assistance.

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August 27, 2010 at 07:24:51

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August 27, 2010 at 07:34:14
I have already done that at home and It told me that I am able to upgrade to Windows 7. And I can do a Clean install if I chose to if/when I upgrade, right? But, will be able to do future clean installs if i have software or hardware issues?

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August 27, 2010 at 09:48:00

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