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Process to perform clean install w/W7 Upgrade SKU

How will you need to substantiate that you have a previous version of W2K, XP or Vista during a clean install process using the W7 upgrade media? (ex: insert old disk, enter old key, install twice, etc)
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Hello,

To install from the Upgrade DVD, you will need to run the installer from within an existing Windows installation.

I hope this helps.


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In order to install the upgrade version of Windows 7, you must have a qualifying Windows operating system installed and activated.  You cannot install an upgrade version of Windows 7 on a blank hard drive.  The installation procedure does not ask you to insert a Windows disc in the drive for verification, the actual qualifying operating system must be installed.
If you do not have a qualifying Windows operating system installed with a genuine license activated, then you cannot use the upgrade version of Windows 7 - you would need a "full version" Windows 7 license.

In summary:

1. A qualifying Windows operating system must be installed.
2. The qualifying Windows operating system must have a genuine license (product key) and it must be activated.
3. To upgrade, boot to the qualifying Windows desktop, insert the Windows 7 Upgrade disc in the DVD drive.
4. When the setup menu appears, select Custom (advanced) to initiate a clean install procedure.


Carey Frisch
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Yes. This is why you get a discounted price on an upgrade disc, you must have either XP or Vista to upgrade and will be prompted for such during a clean installation. An version of Windows prior to XP is not eligiable for an upgrade.
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hennyhorowitz
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That didn't answer my question.  Yes, I realize that I need to own the previous OS that allows the upgrade to W7.  What does "prompted for such" really mean?

My question is how do I perform a clean install with the upgrade version of W7? (assuming I have the previous products for substantiating my upgrade).

Let's say I'm ready to install W7 on a freshly formatted HD and I have my old copy of Win XP by my side.

Do I need to install XP first? (that implies 2 complete/time consuming OS installs).  Or do I simply insert my XP disk sometime during the W7 install process to substantiate my previous ownership?  Or do I give W7 my XP key sometime during the install process?

Is the upgrade substantiation process the same for old Vista users?

P.S. The MS Store also lists W2K as a valid  "previous product" for the purpose of qualifying for an upgrade version of W7. Is this not the case?

Thanks
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Are you positive about that? I've been reading other entries from Microsoft MVP's that state "you have to start the installation process from the Windows desktop to do a clean install from upgrade media." Now I want to believe what  you've said here, but can you double check and tell us FOR SURE that you do not have to have a Windows OS already installed in order to do a clean install from a Windows 7 Upgrade DVD?
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Hello,

To install from the Upgrade DVD, you will need to run the installer from within an existing Windows installation.

I hope this helps.


David
Microsoft Answers Support Engineer
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Carey Frisch
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Carey Frisch replied on

In order to install the upgrade version of Windows 7, you must have a qualifying Windows operating system installed and activated.  You cannot install an upgrade version of Windows 7 on a blank hard drive.  The installation procedure does not ask you to insert a Windows disc in the drive for verification, the actual qualifying operating system must be installed.
If you do not have a qualifying Windows operating system installed with a genuine license activated, then you cannot use the upgrade version of Windows 7 - you would need a "full version" Windows 7 license.

In summary:

1. A qualifying Windows operating system must be installed.
2. The qualifying Windows operating system must have a genuine license (product key) and it must be activated.
3. To upgrade, boot to the qualifying Windows desktop, insert the Windows 7 Upgrade disc in the DVD drive.
4. When the setup menu appears, select Custom (advanced) to initiate a clean install procedure.


Carey Frisch
Windows Expert - Consumer
desmithnc
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Carey Frish,

I liked your Summary of how to:

One question for you, can I do the same install going from Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit licensed to the upgrade Windows 7 Professional 64bit using your directions for a clean install?

One other question do I need to have on my flash drive the 64bit drivers needed for the video card ready or will Windows 7 do that for me? install the new drivers?

Dan Smith
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Carey Frish,

I liked your Summary of how to:

One question for you, can I do the same install going from Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit licensed to the upgrade Windows 7 Professional 64bit using your directions for a clean install?

One other question do I need to have on my flash drive the 64bit drivers needed for the video card ready or will Windows 7 do that for me? install the new drivers?

Dan Smith

To clarify: using the Vista Home Premium Upgrade W7 package, but electing a clean install after starting the W7 installation from within my 32bit Vista OS, can I elect to install the 64bit W7 Home Premium version? If so, are there any issues with activation using the supplied 'Upgrade' Product Key?