Join Date: Dec 2009
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actually, with the hack, or a call to MS, you do not need XP installed first. I installed Win 7 64bit on a late 2009 Mac Mini, and XP installs horribly on it. I personally, didn't want any XP legacy stuff on the machine. I also did not want to dual boot between OSX and Win. Thus, I've only done fresh and clean installs of Win 7 on the machine.
I didn't realize that MS had changed the way the upgrade versions worked. Back in the day, if you got the upgrade version, it would ask to see your previous windows installation disc. If it passed, it would continue to install the OS. If not, you couldn't move forward. Needless to say, it was a bit of surprise the first time with Win7.
It was just a suggestion, especially if he had more than one computer that he might want to upgrade to Win 7. $40 is a lot better than $100. I'm just not the biggest fan of OEM discs other than the ones I get with a new computer; even than I tend to be lack luster.