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Quick question regarding Windows.

I have two computers, one running Vista and one running XP. I want to upgrade them both to 7, however I want to do it with a new hdd in them. I've read of this being possible with the upgrade disks by installing Windows 7 without activating and then installing it again. I have valid copies of the previous versions, I just want a clean install.

Is this possible ?
post #2 of 12
Google "Windows 7 Double Install Method"

Works very well and recognized by Microsoft as genuine.
post #3 of 12
I just used an upgrade disk to install Win7HP. Use the custom option for a clean install. This recent install went over a disk w/Win8CP. Activated fine.
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Originally Posted by josrq View Post

I just used an upgrade disk to install Win7HP. Use the custom option for a clean install. This recent install went over a disk w/Win8CP. Activated fine.

Did you have to format the drive during install? (lose all data)?
post #5 of 12
as long as the drive has had windows on it at least once an upgrade disk can be used to do a clean install without having to jump through any hoops to activate. you can format the drive and do a clean install then activate with no problem.
post #6 of 12
I have used "upgrade discs" and it installs fresh to a blank drive.
post #7 of 12
I've used an upgrade disc w/out issues too. After install, there was a single registry setting and comand line I ran and that was it. As Assassin mentions, double install method works too.
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Originally Posted by hockeyrcks9901 View Post

Quick question regarding Windows.

I have two computers, one running Vista and one running XP. I want to upgrade them both to 7, however I want to do it with a new hdd in them. I've read of this being possible with the upgrade disks by installing Windows 7 without activating and then installing it again. I have valid copies of the previous versions, I just want a clean install.

Is this possible ?

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Yes it is possible. One difference with the family pack though is that it will not work with the double install method. It will look like it is working, but when it asks for your key, it will not accept it. Individual purchased upgrades will work though.

However, you can get your clean install on a new drive. You need to clone your old installation to the new drive. Put the new drive in the PC and then run the Win 7 upgrade process. It will ask if you want to do an upgrade or clean install once you get started. Save your old HDDs so you will have your old files and can transfer them to the new hdd.

BT
post #9 of 12
I have used the family 3 pack upgrades using the the double install method just fine. Its been a while though.
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

I have used the family 3 pack upgrades using the the double install method just fine. Its been a while though.

+1 and recently (for Mom's eBay/Facebook build)
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

I have used the family 3 pack upgrades using the the double install method just fine. Its been a while though.

Every time I've tried the initial install on a clean drive, I get the invalid Key message after entering the key. I can through my old retail copy of vista or xp on there though and it will install fine. Maybe it was just mine, but I tried it multiple times on different PCs.

YMMV

BT
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Originally Posted by doozer12 View Post

Did you have to format the drive during install? (lose all data)?

I had no data to save just the Win8CP OS. Oh, and no manual format, just install the install disk and follow the prompts.
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