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#1 vigge_sWe

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 05:12 PM

I got my new computer today, and installed win7 onto it, but I forgot that I have an upgrade license, so I have to format, install win XP, then install win7 over it (didn't even know you could upgrade from XP to win7...).

I wonder, will windows XP have any negative effects on my SSD while I do this process? Or do you think it would be possible for me to contact microsoft, provide them my XP license and have they fix my activation on win7 without having to do this?

(Sorry if this is wrong forum, a bit unsure about if it counts more to win7 or win XP)

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 09:51 PM

If you can do a clean install of 7. I personally would not upgrade from any operating system to another.
Don't even like doing service packs or updates.
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 12:46 AM

Has this copy of XP been installed in another computer and activated?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:35 AM

If you can do a clean install of 7. I personally would not upgrade from any operating system to another.
Don't even like doing service packs or updates.
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Well that is what I did, but the license isn't valid, it just says "Serial number is not valid for clean installs"

Has this copy of XP been installed in another computer and activated?


Yes long time ago, but it isn't anymore, and I thought it wouldn't matter, because once I could install it on my laptop and it activated just fine back then (that was for testing only tho, it isn't installed anywhere anymore)



Also, I just heard it isn't possible to upgrade from win XP 32-bit to win7 pro 64-bit? What should I do now, ask for a refund, or have they give me a valid license if I can prove I own win XP?

Edited by vigge_sWe, 08 January 2011 - 04:06 AM.


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Posted 08 January 2011 - 05:58 AM

We have to be careful not to confuse upgrade meaning "an in-place upgrade installation process" and upgrade meaning "a valid upgrade license path".

It's not possible to upgrade (in-place upgrade installation) from 32 bit XP to Win7 Pro 64 bit, but it is possible to upgrade (valid upgrade license path).

The license is the same for 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 7. Microsoft says "All editions of Windows XP and Windows Vista qualify you to upgrade."

http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Windows-7-Professional-Upgrade/product/8BB1A4B4

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows-frequently-asked-questions
(See "Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7"

If you have a valid qualifying Windows XP (can be OEM which only applies to the single computer it is licensed for, or Full Version Retail which can be used with any computer as long as it is not currently installed on another computer) you can use an upgrade version of Win7 Pro 64 bit.

It won't hurt your SSD if you install XP then upgrade, although there are also a number of potential workarounds to enable the upgrade without having to go through that process, and Microsoft have acknowledged that as the end result is the same, techniques documented by windows researchers like Paul Thurrott are legitimate.

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/10/27/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-and-product-key-on-formatted-or-empty-blank-hard-drive/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/174710/microsoft_says_windows_7_install_workaround_is_legal.html
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 06:10 AM

We have to be careful not to confuse upgrade meaning "an in-place upgrade installation process" and upgrade meaning "a valid upgrade license path".

It's not possible to upgrade (in-place upgrade installation) from 32 bit XP to Win7 Pro 64 bit, but it is possible to upgrade (valid upgrade license path).

The license is the same for 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 7. Microsoft says "All editions of Windows XP and Windows Vista qualify you to upgrade."

http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Windows-7-Professional-Upgrade/product/8BB1A4B4

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows-frequently-asked-questions
(See "Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7"

If you have a valid qualifying Windows XP (can be OEM which only applies to the single computer it is licensed for, or Full Version Retail which can be used with any computer as long as it is not currently installed on another computer) you can use an upgrade version of Win7 Pro 64 bit.

It won't hurt your SSD if you install XP then upgrade, although there are also a number of potential workarounds to enable the upgrade without having to go through that process, and Microsoft have acknowledged that as the end result is the same, techniques documented by windows researchers like Paul Thurrott are legitimate.

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/10/27/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-and-product-key-on-formatted-or-empty-blank-hard-drive/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/174710/microsoft_says_windows_7_install_workaround_is_legal.html


I tried the workaround #1 and that blocked the serial key...

EDIT: Nvm #3 worked, all activated now :D

Edited by vigge_sWe, 08 January 2011 - 06:20 AM.





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