So: I build my pc, turn it on, throw in the Windows 7 Upgrade disc, boot from the DVD drive.
From here on out I have questions:
- Can I install Windows 7 on a brand new HDD, in a brand new system with this UPGRADE disc;
- Can I use the Registry Edit method [or other], [URL below- Method 2] so that I can activate my Windows 7 License, giving me genuine software? [Most articles are years old, I'm wondering whether it works here, July 2012.]
You can install Windows 7 on the new HDD but you can't with the upgrade disc - you'll need to have either the version you're upgrading from (Vista, XP) already installed or you'll need to have the full version.
I don't understand where these articles get their acclamation from then.
Lots of people have said that they have done this- all I am asking whether this process is still possible.
I've tried it - even if you are able to get the install to load successfully when you go to input the serial number, it will recognize it as an upgrade and not activate it. It will only happen if you install the older version first.