Switching from Linux back to Windows 7

February 19, 2010 at 19:00:38
Specs: Windows Vista
Hey all, I downloaded Linux eLive and accidentally reformatted my entire hard drive instead of setting up a dual boot, so I just figured I'd go aheand and run linux full time. Well, it was not the best decision... I'd like to switch to Windows 7. Is the $120 cd on Microsoft's website the right thing? Or is the actual whole operating system a lot more expensive? BTW I was running Vista before I downloaded Linux, so is there any way I can go back to Vista? I'd rather do that than have to continue running eLive. Don't get me wrong, linux is a good OS, just not right for me.

Any help is appreciated.

p.s. I have a HP Pavilion D47, 500gig HD, 64bit, etc. If you need me to explain something better just let me know, I'm not much of a techy guy.

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February 19, 2010 at 21:54:56
Going back to Vista is probably not an easy option since the restore partition was probably wiped when you formatted with Linux (you would need to see if HP would sell you a full install disk for Vista and use your old key.
I do not know if you can use an upgrade 7 disk since you no longer have Vista on your system (If it wants the Vista disk inserted, you would be out of luck, if however it asked for your old key, you probably do have that). You can use a full edition Windows 7 disk (full support from Microsoft) or an OEM disk (no support from Microsoft)
You must set the boot order to boot from your DVD drive first, insert the disk, restart, and make sure that you do a full format of your hard drive.

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February 20, 2010 at 01:04:16
you could install a copy of the win7 evaluation/rtm , and then upgrade from that, its not really legally acceptable to ms, but you can do it by following this guide

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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