Windows 7 upgrade license

I currently have a windows vista home premium 32-bit OEM license.

I am planning on getting windows 7 installed and want to make sure that I get the right license.

Will the win7 home premium upgrade license allow me to run 64-bit on a clean install on a new hard drive?  And subsequently on a new machine later down the road?  I dont have much stored on the current drive that I am using for vista and plan on removing it from the computer and storing it rather than wiping it clean.

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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.

You should be able to repair the installation if your install does crash. I would suggest you create a System Image (backup) of your Windows 7 installation after installing Windows 7 to save you the trouble if your computer does crash in the future.
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Last updated February 3, 2020 Views 1,552 Applies to: