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Reformat & Start Fresh

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#1 I_am_CanadianEh?


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Posted 24 January 2011 - 12:58 PM

Hello BC :)

I purchased a retail copy of Windows 7 Upgrade and installed it about a year ago. It detected my Vista installation but I reformatted and did a clean install. It activated no problem.

I now want to wipe my Hard drive and start fresh...but I have an important question.

Will my upgrade license key allow me to reinstall Windows 7 without putting Vista back on the computer first? I want to do a clean install. I understand that Upgrade keys need to "see" a previous Windows version in the setup program before you re-format the drive.

But, this is the second install of Win7; wouldn't the setup detect that I have an installed copy of Windows 7 before I format?

Looking for definitive answers....remember, I want to do a clean install (ie: no Windows.old folder)

Thanks. :lol:

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#2 Allan


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Posted 24 January 2011 - 01:02 PM


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