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Illegal Copy of windows vs Windows 7

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February 16, 2012 6:20:16 PM


Hello.

A friend of mine has an illegal copy of Windows XP. I have just bought a copy of Windows 7 (VLK) for my company. (Which He now works for) I have upgraded from Window 2000 to XP before however I have never upgraded from an ilgial copy to a legal copy of windows. I will do a back up of all files before upgrading to Windows 7.
The Windows XP already has detected that the copy (XP that is) is illegal... will this cause any errors during the Windows 7 upgrade or should be just a straight forward upgrade?
Any advice is welcome.

TIA

Hugh
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February 16, 2012 6:24:52 PM

...I don't think you are going to get too much help on this one.
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February 16, 2012 6:30:40 PM

he's trying to go legit, thats good.

backup files, wipe HDD, start again. Its best anyway, and go for 64bit if you can.
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February 16, 2012 6:41:12 PM

Thanks 13thmonkey.

Thats whats I needed to know. I'll start from scratch so. and wipe the HDD.
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February 16, 2012 6:45:45 PM

and stay legit (not said in a patronising way at all) :) 
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February 16, 2012 6:51:37 PM

You can't, unfortunately, go from XP to Win7 directly, anyways. :(  You'll be doing a clean install regardless.
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February 16, 2012 7:11:22 PM

You can back up all of your files on another drive then reinstall them after the Win 7 installation. You will have to re-install the original PROGRAM files from their source, CD, DVD, whatever.
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February 16, 2012 7:13:30 PM

SinisterSalad said:
You can't, unfortunately, go from XP to Win7 directly, anyways. :(  You'll be doing a clean install regardless.
This is true but if he is using a Windows 7 upgrade disk, it will still look for the presence of a prior OS and then the install will rename it Windows old and install a fresh copy. However, it does not care or check if the prior OS is legal or not. Frankly it does not care if the prior version of the OS was a trial install or not, catch my drift?
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February 17, 2012 9:05:14 AM

Thats interesting Warezme . Thanks
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February 17, 2012 9:16:40 AM

Yea, as others have said, you can't upgrade from XP to 7..........

Wipe and reinstall, have fun.
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