Windows 7 Upgrade Guide: All Your Questions Answered

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mkarias1

Depending on which method MS goes for, would I be able to do a clean install of Windows 7 on a new HD in both cases?  I have XP Home (OEM) and want to buy the upgrade.  at the same time, I want to buy another HD and install Windows 7 on this new HD.   Would this work especially if they go the Vista route?

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septigre

Hi Justin,

 

Did you respond to the question from 'mkarias' ?

I want also to install Win 7 Home Premium in a new HD (I wish to upgrade my older HD with a much bigger internal new HD)... I have a pre-installed version of Win Vista Home Premium on my PC.

Believe it will be possible... but...How? What should I do?

Thanks.

 

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tkphill

I have read about the family pack that allows installation on up to 3 pc's can u confirm if this is true? and if true will the upgrade disk work.

 

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/12698/microsoft_may_allow_multi_pc_installs_of_windows_7/index.html

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Justin.Kerr

To the best of knowledge, this hasn't been 100% confirmed, it was simply deduced from a clause found in the EULA.

I think Microsoft has since given a few bloggers like Ed Bott the nod that this is true, but they havn't annouced if they are full installs, upgrade, or even the price.

Speculation is $189 for the three Home Premium Product Keys ($10 less than Apple)

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vintagegold

But isn't that for Apple OSX, which really only comes in one flavor, vs. the 3 flavors of W7 we're being offered?  Would be sweet if they offered a 3 pack for Pro.

They say the best things in life are free, but are all free thing the best?

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starbird

Just to be fair, and not to start any Apple/Microsoft fighting, but Mac OS X 10.6 family pack will be $49. So I don't understand how $189 is $10 less. Just saying.

 

http://tr.im/runw 

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Justin.Kerr

If your coming from Tiger, which would be comparable to XP (2 gen's old), a family pack will cost you $199

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC095Z/A

I agree MS could do better for Vista users the way Apple is for Leopard, but that wasn't my point :)

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Justin.Kerr

Windows Home Premium will be the only Family Pack Sku, since if you ask Microsoft, thats all a typical family would need.

Windows 7 Professional will be the go to edition for businesses because of the domain function, and Microsoft will not want to subsidize business editions.

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Caballera

I was planning on upgrading to Windows 7 on a HP Laptop and a Lenovo laptop,  both from last year that have Vista (Home Premium) preinstalled on them, but did not come with a Vista DVD.  Will I be able to upgrade both of those Laptops with the upgrade DVD (Windows 7 Home Premium) or will I need to purchase 2 full versions?

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mkarias1

Sorry to be redudant but I just want to be 100% sure that I can do this.  I have XP Home OEM.  Can I get Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade with the promotional price?  Based on this, it appears that I can except I need to do a clean install? 

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Scapegoat

The information is clear in this article, you will have no problems installing Windows 7, but yes you will have to do a clean install. That's not a big problem though, since clean installs are the recommended way to go anyways.

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gatorXXX

I'm simply wiping out Vista with a clean install of the Win7 upgrade. I might even wipe out XP as well since I dual boot. Since Vista got it'a act together in a sort of fasion, I don't even boot into XP any more so recovering the space might be more advantagous. Not sure yet though. We will have to see!

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Vegan

I hope it accepts my burned slipstreamed copy of XP. It's all I've got.

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Justin.Kerr

You should be just fine. As we learned in the Vista section, you can sometimes get around the previous version check, I expect this to be the case in Win7. Worst case scenerio it will need to run your product key, assuming this is okay, your good to go.

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gorff

I have the student upgrade edition of Windows Vista Ultimate, will I be able to upgrade this version?  And if so will the Windows 7 install require the Vista disc for proof of previous version or XP disc (I don't actually have an XP disc, used the double install workaround to avoid needing it to install Vista).

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Justin.Kerr

Yep, you can upgrade an upgrade no problem.

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chaos.13037

I'm making the jump from XP Pro to 7 Pro. I've tried the RC and its a great OS that works with everything I have except my speakers, but that's due to Philips not offering driver support, they needed to be upgraded anyway. So I plucked down the $140 CAD for the upgrade version and am eagerly awaiting its release.

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cadkroll

I have been searching everywhere and have not found an answer....

 

I want to get the install disc, not just an upgrade cd.  Where can I get one? 

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chaos.13037

Retailers are offering full install and an upgrade version for each type of Win 7. The full disc is more expensive but that's to be expected. Here's the amazon Home Premium install version: http://preview.tinyurl.com/n53ptc

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aviaggio

One question you didn't answer: will we be able to install a retail version of Win7 on top of the RC?

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norman

updated with answer at the bottom of the first page. -- Norm

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aviaggio

Thanks! :)

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kerrygold71

hi , weve got windows vista home premium edition ( 32 bit ) it was already installed on our computer when we bought it in 2008 .. we would like to upgrade to windows 7 home premium edition .. we have loads of games and files installed on our pc .. we are going for the full edition not the upgrade edition .. what do we have to do , im fed up of windows vista and the many problems .. can someone help ..

also how long will the upgrade take ? , we have an external harddrive 500gb freecom if needed to back up stuff in order to upgrade to windows 7 

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