Help with Windows 7 on newbuild.

Hey,

I'm a student building a new pc so I can do my graphics design work for uni whilst at home. Like all student atm, I'm poor.

I want to understand the Windows 7 Upgrade Disc and clean install methods. Upgrade Discs are cheaper than OEM discs.

Ok, I am buying a brand new HDD and a Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Upgrade Disc.

HDD: http://www.ebuyer.com/272944-seagate-500gb-barracuda-internal-hard-drive-st500dm002
Windows 7 Upgrade Disc: http://www.software4students.co.uk/products/microsoft-windows-7-professional-upgrade

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], 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.]

URL: http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-128512

Anything I have missed? Any advice or other ideas?

Regards and appreciated.

[Not sure if I have posted in the correct category]
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. samw94 said:
    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.
  4. google "double install method"
  5. Better bet is an OEM copy of Win 7-64 Home Premium (do you need Ultimate?).

    It's against the policy of these forums to promote illegal installs of Windows.
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