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June 8, 2010 5:19:22 PM

Ok, i just built a new system and i was about to order the windows 7 ultimate package which gives college students a 64-bit windows 7 premium upgrade. Will that work for a system with no OS already on it? My thought is no but the more i read it is the same as the full package basically, so in that case i think it would work. Just thought i would ask to get a better understanding between the differences and if the upgrade will be enough so i do not have to spend 200 dollars for an OS
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June 8, 2010 7:04:02 PM

Hi.

Yeah, u can do a clean installation with a upgrade DVD. Maybe this article can help you.
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June 8, 2010 10:09:40 PM

Ok, would this count. if i have another computer with xp or vista running on it. Does that count a a user license? I understand it is illegal to a point but the terms are so easily mistrued that one might believe that if you have a computer running windows put a new one together you could get the upgrade and use the license from the other computer.
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June 8, 2010 10:24:09 PM

"order the windows 7 ultimate package which gives college students a 64-bit windows 7 premium upgrade. Will that work for a system with no OS already on it?"
YES it will be an installation disk, but during the installation it will ask you if you want to upgrade, just select install
One license, one computer
"use the license from the other computer". if you want to switch the license you need to disable the OS, it will phone home and tell on you
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June 8, 2010 10:25:21 PM

U can upgrade to Win 7 or Win vista and use the previous licence for another rig and isn't illegal.
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June 9, 2010 6:06:07 PM

mikeweezy said:
Ok, i just built a new system and i was about to order the windows 7 ultimate package which gives college students a 64-bit windows 7 premium upgrade. Will that work for a system with no OS already on it? My thought is no but the more i read it is the same as the full package basically, so in that case i think it would work. Just thought i would ask to get a better understanding between the differences and if the upgrade will be enough so i do not have to spend 200 dollars for an OS


In theory, an upgrade install must be run while under control of a previous OS. If, however, you are upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit, this is not possible. Therefore Microsoft allows you to do a clean install using the upgrade dvd. Do not enter your product code initially. That gets you a working copy of windows-7 which is good for 30 days. You then can run the upgrade install under control of your temporary OS. This is a legitimate process that was described to me by Microsoft support. You will never be asked for your previous dvd or product code. It is not clear to me if it is legitimate to reuse your previous OS on another machine; I suspect not, but the agreement is murky. But so long as you do not try to use an OS on more than one machine, I don't think Microsoft checks, or even cares.
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June 9, 2010 7:20:23 PM

agreed, don't use the previous code on another computer and all is well
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June 9, 2010 7:33:29 PM

Just to drive the point home - Windows 7 comes with one license meaning it can be used on one computer only. As long as you have Windows 7 running on only one computer, you will be okay. If you have any issues with activation, you may have to make a quick phone call to Microsoft, but that will painless.

As for putting your previous OS on another machine, as long at it is not an OEM version (meaning that it came preinstalled on your computer at the time of purchase and is permanently tied to that computer) you will be able to install from the original installation disc on to a different computer.

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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June 10, 2010 12:31:24 AM

Hello mikeweezy,

You can perform a clean install from a Windows 7 upgrade version however you will have to have a valid previous copy of Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows Vista installed to validate the upgrade and activate the product key. Please note that when migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 you will not have an "in place upgrade" option. You will however have the option to select "custom" install when prompted. The Windows 7 install process will then copy all of your data in "My Documents" over to a Windows.old folder within Windows 7 itself. All applications and documents stored in other locations will have to be reinstalled / transferred manually.
For more information on the Windows 7 Upgrade, please go here: http://bit.ly/3DvynK

For additional assistance with the migration of Windows XP to Windows 7, please go here: http://tinyurl.com/mhbep4

thanks again,
John M
Microsoft Windows Client Team

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