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Q: win 7 ultimate upgrade from win vista ultimate

Purchased windows 7 ultimate UPGRADE package since I have windows vista ultimate on my laptop.  Purchased it online and after it was ordered, and before it was delivered, my !@$*_!$&_! hard drive failed.  I cannot find the vista software that was preinstalled on the laptop now.  Will the upgrade package work the same as a full installation?   I really don't want to reinstall vista at all and then have to upgrade.. not to mention I don't want to tear my house apart looking for the vista disk if I don't need it.   thanks

 

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The recommended method is to start an upgrade with the prior operating system (Vista in your case) installed. However as long as you meet the licensing terms listed below you can use the methods in the linkk I've provided. Also be aware you may need to activate by phone.

Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media
http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/clean_install_upgrade_media.asp

Clean Install Windows 7 With Upgrade Media and Product Key on Formatted or Empty Blank Hard Drive
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/10/27/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-and-product-key-on-formatted-or-empty-blank-hard-drive/

How to activate Windows 7 manually
1) Click Start, and in the Search box type:   slui.exe  4
2) Next press the 'ENTER' key
3) Select your 'Country' from the list.
4) Choose the 'Phone Activation' option.
5) Stay on the phone and wait for a person to help you with activation, explane what happened to the hard drive.

Also:
How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/950929/en=us
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18715-activate-windows-7-phone.html

Microsoft Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers:
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/activation-centers.aspx
(This site is for Volume License Activation but if you call they will help you)


The license does not explicitly state that a previous version of Windows must reside on the hard drive.

15.UPGRADES. To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligible for the upgrade. Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software you upgraded from. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from.

16.PROOF OF LICENSE.
a.Genuine Proof of License. If you acquired the software on a disc or other media, your proof of license is the genuine Microsoft certificate of authenticity label with the accompanying genuine product key, and your proof of purchase. If you purchased and downloaded the software online, your proof of license is the genuine Microsoft product key for the software which you received with your purchase, and your proof of purchase from an authorized electronic supplier of genuine Microsoft software. Proof of purchase may be subject to verification by your merchant’s records.

b.Windows Anytime Upgrade License. If you upgrade the software using Windows Anytime Upgrade, your proof of license is the proof of license for the software you upgraded from, your Windows Anytime Upgrade product key and your proof of purchase. Proof of purchase may be subject to verification by your merchant’s records.

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