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so I think I made a mistake by getting windows 7 upgrade. I didn't know that you need the full version to do a clean install so I just got the upgrade since it was cheaper. I have a computer that has windows xp so I still have a chance. I think I can either wipe the hard drive and just keep the os so there is nothing but windows xp on it or I can put windows xp on my 16gb flash drive. I don't know how I would do either way so I am hoping you guys know how to do this. my parts should be in either tomorrow or the day after so I want to get this done instead of messing with it when I should be putting the parts together. so what I need is to put my windows xp on a flash drive or get my old hard drive ready with only xp on it. I would prefer the flash drive way but what ever works best I will do it that way. thank you
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    How to Do a Clean Install with an Upgrade Windows 7 Version
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html

    Clean Install Windows 7 With Upgrade Media and Product Key on Formatted or Empty Blank Hard Drive
    http://www.mydigitallife.info/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-and-product-key-on-formatted-or-empty-blank-hard-drive/
  2. USAFRet said:
    How to Do a Clean Install with an Upgrade Windows 7 Version
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html

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

    so all I have to do is uncheck the "automatically activate windows when im online" box and im good? what if I got a key from a Microsoft license maker thing? I forget exactly what its called but you pay $3000 every 5 years and you get as many windows keys, office keys and anything want for 5 years? could I just use a key from that?
  3. eddystoner15 said:
    USAFRet said:
    How to Do a Clean Install with an Upgrade Windows 7 Version
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html

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

    so all I have to do is uncheck the "automatically activate windows when im online" box and im good? what if I got a key from a Microsoft license maker thing? I forget exactly what its called but you pay $3000 every 5 years and you get as many windows keys, office keys and anything want for 5 years? could I just use a key from that?



    Microsoft license maker thing? :??:

    You mean an MSDN license? Volume License Key?
    Or something else?
  4. Just use the one you bought, and follow the directions linked above.
  5. USAFRet said:
    eddystoner15 said:
    USAFRet said:
    How to Do a Clean Install with an Upgrade Windows 7 Version
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html

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

    so all I have to do is uncheck the "automatically activate windows when im online" box and im good? what if I got a key from a Microsoft license maker thing? I forget exactly what its called but you pay $3000 every 5 years and you get as many windows keys, office keys and anything want for 5 years? could I just use a key from that?



    Microsoft license maker thing? :??:

    You mean an MSDN license? Volume License Key?
    Or something else?
    haha yea. I forget what its called but that's what it does.
  6. ok so the links you sent me will get me a fully activated windows 7 even with the upgrade pack?
  7. eddystoner15 said:
    ok so the links you sent me will get me a fully activated windows 7 even with the upgrade pack?


    Yes.
  8. USAFRet said:
    eddystoner15 said:
    ok so the links you sent me will get me a fully activated windows 7 even with the upgrade pack?


    Yes.
    ok. thank you. I thought I was going to have to do that flash drive way but I don't have to any more! thank you for your help
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