I will be upgrading my computer in the near future. New Motherboard, processor, video card, and ram. I already have Windows 7 installed, but want to do a Fresh Install. My Copy of Windows 7 is the Retail Upgrade Version. I upgraded from an OEM Windows XP Media Center Edition. My question is, will I be able to simply boot from the Windows 7 Cd, format the hard drive, and do the Fresh Install? Or will this make my Windows 7 unable to be reactivated?
Since you are making significant changes to your system, you will most likely need to call Microsoft to re-activate Windows 7. The process should be pretty painless. This short tutorial will walk you through - http://bit.ly/activatebyphone.
I cant get this thing to install. I get to the expanding Files portion and thats when i get most of the errors. I was able to install once, I think.... but it was asking me for a username and password, which i was unable to figure out what it wanted. I am currently installing my old windows xp media center edition and I will try to upgrade from there rather than doing a fresh install. I think i have bad install media for Windows 7, I originally did the install from a download. I'm not sure where to find a legit download for windows 7 at this point. I tried to copy the cd to a usb stick, but ran into the same problem as with the cd.
edit: That last part might seem confusing. I had purchased an upgrade through windows and ordered a backup cd. I think it would be considered the retail upgrade?