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Two Stupid Windows 7 Questions

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  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows 7
October 27, 2009 10:18:12 PM

Since you must do a “clean “ install when upgrading from XP to 7, I am curious what would prevent one from using the upgrade version as opposed to the full version when building a new computer and saving the difference in money? The only thing that comes to mind is that at some point during the installation you are asked to enter your XP product code. If that is the case and you wanted to build a new computer and plan to get rid of your old XP one, could you use the XP product code in the same way.
Being a somewhat anal person, who plans on upgrading from Vista to 7, where does someone get the Windows 7 stick on logo to replace the Vista one that came on the front of my computer when I bought it? I thought maybe one is included in the Windows 7 box, but that does not seem to be the case.

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October 27, 2009 11:04:56 PM

Ron K said:
I am curious what would prevent one from using the upgrade version as opposed to the full version when building a new computer and saving the difference in money?


Two words. User Stupidity.
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October 28, 2009 2:24:52 AM

arges86 said:
you need a version of either xp or vista installed on the computer to use the Upgrade version.
You can have this new Windows 7 on a new partition or HDD, but it must be on the same computer for it to work

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/Gettin...


I'm not trying to rip off Microsoft as I have a Vista computer and pre ordered W7 last spring. As a computer novice I just got to wondering what would be the difference between a new hard drive and one that XP which had to be removed, before W7 was installed.
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October 28, 2009 5:19:15 AM

nothing,
but XP has to be somewhere on the computer @ the time of the 'upgrade' for it to work.
So really if you had one HD you'd need to partition it w/ enough space for Windows 7, install that, then delete the XP partition.
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October 28, 2009 5:57:48 AM

No You do not need another partition You can install on the same partition.
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a b $ Windows 7
October 28, 2009 11:55:23 AM

installing two operating systems on the same partition is a bad idea
leads to confusion and the potential to delete something accidentally
NVR do that
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October 29, 2009 3:46:08 AM

I believe you can install the "upgrade" without the product key and then reinstall on top of that to "upgrade" it...
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a b $ Windows 7
October 29, 2009 6:22:59 AM

you can't upgrade an unregistered product.
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October 29, 2009 7:35:55 AM

kfitzenreiter said:
I believe you can install the "upgrade" without the product key and then reinstall on top of that to "upgrade" it...

That was Vista. I'm pretty sure they've closed that loophole in 7.
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October 29, 2009 5:48:13 PM

Does the double-install trick made famous in Windows Vista still work?

As far as I can tell, yes. The short version goes like this: Boot from the upgrade media and do an installation without entering a product key. Then use the same media to “upgrade” your brand-new installation. I’m still testing this scenario but it seems to be supported. The technique is essentially unchanged from when I wrote about it shortly after the launch of Windows Vista back in February 2007.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1477&tag=content;col1
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