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Can you upgrade to any version of Windows 7 from the Windows 7 RC?

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June 27, 2009 10:49:33 PM

Hi so I just ordered the Professional version of Windows 7 upgrade. I figured out I can't just upgrade from Vista Ultimate to Win 7 professional so my next line of action is to see if I can upgrade from the RC to Professional. Is it possible to do so?

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June 27, 2009 11:44:56 PM

nope, you have to do a fresh install
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June 28, 2009 12:01:42 AM

there is no upgrade option from win 7 rc
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June 28, 2009 6:26:35 AM

Its always better to do a fresh install IMO.
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June 28, 2009 6:57:10 AM

The RC was never meant to be your main computer anyways...
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June 28, 2009 7:07:18 AM

IzzyCraft said:
The RC was never meant to be your main computer anyways...


true, but it's been doing a damn good job of it for the last two months
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June 28, 2009 7:58:34 AM

even though they say you can't I've seen similar statements in the past later changed to support upgrading from Beta/RC
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June 28, 2009 8:14:02 PM

well in any case, it's still better to do a clean install anyways, it can save a lot of headaches later on
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June 29, 2009 4:47:13 AM

What does the 'upgrade' version of windows 7 entail?

Running beta of windows 7, looking to purchase. Don't have a copy of xp or vista, does that mean i can't buy the upgrade, and have to *cring* pay full price!?
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June 29, 2009 5:13:05 AM

I upgraded from 7 beta to 7 RC just fine, thank you. If I had a copy of RTM, I'd try upgrading to that as well.

As to 'upgrading' from Vista Ultimate to win 7 professional, I see nothing on the MS forums that suggest that is not possible, and many posts that state that it is. Patiently waiting for Oct 20~ish to see the real answers...
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June 29, 2009 6:30:33 AM

You have never been able to upgrade Release Candidates to Release To Manufacturing versions. If you were, you would not need a previous paid version of Windows to perform the upgrade.

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What does the 'upgrade' version of windows 7 entail?

Running beta of windows 7, looking to purchase. Don't have a copy of xp or vista, does that mean i can't buy the upgrade, and have to *cring* pay full price!?


You'll have to buy a full retail or OEM copy... no upgrade. You must have either Vista or XP to be eligible for the upgrade. OEM versions are usually priced about the same as the retail upgrade anyway... so you won't be spending that much more money. However, keep in mind that with OEM, it is not meant to be moved from one computer to another... it's meant to remain with that computer.
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June 29, 2009 6:13:24 PM

Mooglesrcute said:
What does the 'upgrade' version of windows 7 entail?

Running beta of windows 7, looking to purchase. Don't have a copy of xp or vista, does that mean i can't buy the upgrade, and have to *cring* pay full price!?


Yes... When you upgrade from "nothing" to the full version, you pay full price...
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