First, I'm not asking for clarification on anything illegal or trying to hack my Windows 7 Upgrade disk.
Second, I've called bot HP and Microsoft, no help there. Microsoft said call HP, HP said call someone else in HP, that guy gave me a bad 1-800 number to a meat processing plant in VA *(no lie, the number was 1-800-552-3052). I re-looked up a Microsoft Tech number, and the guy there didn't really answer my question.
I bought a pre made (worst decision of my life) computer from HP. They got a weird system going on where they tattoo their Vista key to the mobo of your computer so only that key can be used. Foils hackers, but makes it a pain for everybody else.
I'm also ordering a 32 bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade because my laptop was purchased after the date. I'm going to be putting that un-modified upgrade on my home desktop (HP a6700f) instead of my laptop. All the better for gaming.
I have a 3-disk HP recovery Vista disks, which is the only means to get Vista back onto my HP Desktop. I have the OEM licensing key for Vista.
I currently have Linux Ubuntu 9.04 installed, the Vista restore takes 3+ hours, and I've heard of major problems with upgrading a Windows OS instead of clean installing it.
Question time: Is there any way to do a clean install of my Windows 7 Home Premium x32 upgrade disk to my computer with a tattoo'ed Vista Home Premium x64 key, the key is both virtual and available to me.
And on a final note, if there's any way to trade the Win 7 x32 I'm getting for a Win 7 of the same type x64, let me know. My only option seems to sell it and use the funds (no profit) to buy a x64, but that seems like it would be illegal. Selling free stuff for money doesn't seem to be a good idea, even though you still end up with 2 OS's on 2 computers with paying for 1 (and 1 free). Even though they would have no way to trace it.
I know there's way to perform a clean install from a upgrade disk, http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/clean_ins...grade_media.asp
I want to avoid installing Vista. Ever again.