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September 14, 2009 4:15:18 AM

I want to purchase a new HD, delete my current windows 7 RC partition, and re-install it on the new drive. Will there be any license issue with either re-installing or registering the RC version now that the window is closed? If so, will this affect my future installation of the Windows 7 retail upgrade version on the RC drive?

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September 14, 2009 5:22:23 AM

should be fine, windows 7 RC doesn't expire until around May 2010
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September 14, 2009 6:18:19 AM

No problem re-installing and activating the RC - I'm continuing to do installs in order to test image backups and restores and am having no problems with my original RC key.

Installing the retail version really has nothing to do with how the RC is installed - officially you'll need to do a complete clean installation from scratch and you'll still need a valid license key from a previous (non Windows 7) OS in order to activate an upgrade version. There's been some FUD surrounding whether or not Windows 7 RC qualifies as a valid previous version for the purposes of an upgrade license, but I can't imagine that it would be.
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September 14, 2009 5:43:00 PM

Thanks for the responses. If the RC does not count as a prev. version after all, does clean installing the upgrade version require the deletion of the previous version of windows(in my case XP pro), or can I simply make a new partition for it?
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September 14, 2009 7:27:35 PM

YOu may make a new partition for 7 - For activation as an upgrade Win 7 will ask for your XP key.
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September 15, 2009 1:07:05 AM

Perfect. Thanks.
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September 15, 2009 1:12:25 AM

Mulder19,

While you can no longer download Windows 7 RC from Microsoft you can still acquire product keys. One thing to note is that you will not be able to upgrade Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM or the general release on October 22nd. The upgrade editions of Windows 7 are valid only for Windows XP and Windows Vista.

For further assistance, Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 RC Support Forum located here http://tinyurl.com/9fhdl5 . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams.

Jessica
Microsoft Windows Client Team
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September 15, 2009 3:16:40 AM

Mulder19 said:
Thanks for the responses. If the RC does not count as a prev. version after all, does clean installing the upgrade version require the deletion of the previous version of windows(in my case XP pro), or can I simply make a new partition for it?
You can make a new partition, or you can install into the existing partition by choosing "custom installation" during setup. If you do the latter then the existing "Windows" folder in the partition is renamed to "Windows.Old" and the new installation goes into a new "Windows" folder. It's still a "clean install" in the sense that the new installation doesn't use ANY of the old files, but you still have all of the old files in all of the original folders still available to you.
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