Win7 ultimate 64-bit upgrade install question

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February 16, 2010 at 04:16:58
Specs: Windows XP Pro, -
I want to get windows 7 ultimate on my new pc. my friend is going to sell me an upgrade licence for 64bit version of ultimate on the cheap.

Question is, I read on paul thurrots supersite about how you can use a windows 7 upgrade to "upgrade windows 7". That's to say you boot the computer with the 7 dvd and click next when it asks for a key, then perform a clean install.

Then when it loads up windows, you run the install again and click upgrade install or something and it'll upgrade windows 7 and you can then use your upgrade licence key in the activation wizard and it'll work.

This is apparently legal provided you own a copy of windows xp that can be upgraded from, which I do (xp pro). BUT, my friend who's selling me th ekey says that microsoft changed the install procedure so that you cannot do this anymore and that would mean I'd first have to install xp pro on the computer and activate it before I could upgrade it to windows 7.

Is that true? Or is the old method still valid?


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#1
February 16, 2010 at 12:33:33
"I read on paul thurrots supersite about how you can use a windows 7 upgrade to "upgrade windows 7". "
Paul tests these procedures before posting the solutions, so go for it.

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#2
February 16, 2010 at 13:24:43
I agree, that is usually a good source. I think I read a similar post somewhere that agrees with paul's site.

Dunno why your friend is selling this cheap but, tell him you will pay if it works correctly and not before. You don't have to activate it to test install. If it fails then fall back to xp or linux.

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#3
February 16, 2010 at 16:27:36
Just boot from the "Upgrade" disc & do a clean install. You don't want to run the "full" install from within Windows XP.

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#4
February 16, 2010 at 16:28:47
ok thanks.

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