Very quick question....please answer here if you know. Don't refer me to a website...thanks.
I have a retail Upgrade DVD for Windows 7 Home Premium which I purchased. I did a clean install by wiping my hard drive using the format partition option on the Windows 7 DVD. I had Vista installed on the HDD before the upgrade so the installation program could "SEE" that I had a qualifying version of Windows to validate the upgrade key.
Activation was successful.
Now, I want to start a clean slate. However, I don't have Vista installed anymore, just Windows 7.Can I reinstall with an upgrade key on a blank, reformatted hard drive? Will activation pass?Or do I need to reformat with the installation program on the DVD?Finally, I made an image of my Vista operating system before I upgraded, do I need to restore the image so my Win 7 DVD can once again "SEE" the qualifying Windows version?
There are forums out there that say different things, yes you can, no you can't, well it depends...
Anyone know a definitive answer. Remember, I had a genuine, qualifying copy of a previous windows before. But, I just don't have it on the hard drive anymore.