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#1 I_am_CanadianEh?

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 12:24 PM

Hi All,
Very quick question....please answer here if you know. Don't refer me to a website...thanks. :thumbup2:

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... :wacko:

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.

Thanks. :)

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 01:08 PM

Simply put, it will work just fine. Just boot from the CD like you would any other windows install and wipe the drive/install. Even if you run the upgrade utility from inside Vista it gives you the option to wipe and start fresh.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 04:11 PM

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:42 AM

Thanks for everyone that replied, but I managed to find EXACTLY what I'm looking for:

Scenario 4 in the link below.
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_use_your_windows_7_upgrade_disk_fresh_pc

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