Clean Install from Upgrade Media Question


I have an Upgrade version of Windows 7 Pro but I want to do a clean install on a new hard drive in a new build. I know I should be using a full version but I don't really want to pay for a full version when I already have an upgrade copy sitting right here.

I was wondering if there are any tricks or workarounds to doing this? I heard that with Vista upgrade media, you could just boot from the disc, install but don't put in the serial right away, and then after 7 has been installed, go to the Setup menu and type in the activation key? Does anyone know if that trick is still doable on 7 or if they have done away with that?

Is there anything actually different about the Full and Upgrade discs themselves? The other method I was thinking of, was either borrowing a friends Full version 7 Pro disc or torrenting the retail disc image for 7 Pro Full, installing, and then using my Pro Upgrade serial key afterward?

Thanks for any help!
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  1. This article should tell you all you need to know:

    Whatever you do, don't torrent a Windows 7 image. It's dangerous, not to mention illegal.
  2. Thanks for the link, I'll give it a read.
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