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Clean installation of Windows 7 from Upgrade version not Full version

Question: Clean installation of Windows 7 from Upgrade version not Full version

installation on my newly built computer and I don't want to do the double installation trick. I tried using these instructions http://blog.chriskankiewicz.com/post/10/windows-7-activation-hack/ . But when I went to make the registry changes I couldn't find "...Setup\OOBE" under the CurrentVersion directory. Anyone know how to fix this? I'm a novice regarding the directory so please be very explicit in your instructions. Or is there another way to do a clean install with Windows 7 upgrade? A lot of the instructions on how to do so on Google are obsolete as Microsoft has fixed some of the loopholes.

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Preferred Solution: Clean installation of Windows 7 from Upgrade version not Full version

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Answer: Clean installation of Windows 7 from Upgrade version not Full version

Here is a better tutorial on how to do it:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html

The instructions seem the same, but it does include a file that will do the registry edit for you.

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Thinking about investing in this upgrade deal but one thing has me confused. If you go here: http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Windows-Windows-7/category/102?WT.mc_id=msccomhpfeature_win7
It pretty much says in order to install Windows 7 Upgrade, you have to back up your files, do a clean install, and reinstall your programs. At least on XP anyway. With Vista you have the option of a "true" upgrade or you can back up and do a clean install also. Correct me if I'm wrong, but how is this an upgrade? Then I might ask, what's the difference between the upgrade and full versions? I know I tried to install XP Home Upgrade from a clean install once, and it asked to insert the disc from my previous operating system. Is this the case? Is the upgrade the same as the full, I'll just need to insert my XP or Vista disc during installation? THANKS
 

Answer:Windows 7 Upgrade vs. Full Version: Clean Install???

Upgrade here is referring to pricing. A discount because you have a previous qualifying version of WIndows.
As for doing a clean install I think that is the better way to go anyway. You don't have to reformat so you can leave your data, just like reinstalling Windows, but with a newer version.
Coming from XP you will probably need to insert your CD or it will need to see your old Windows install (even though it will be ignoring it), though I can't say for sure which since I pretty much always do clean installs.
As for the difference, a full version assumes you have nothing and costs more whereas an upgrade assumes you have a version of Windows already and is cheaper because of that.
 

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I am running an "Anytime Upgrade" version of Windows 7 Professional. I have since discovered that sysprep does not function (or is disabled) on "Anytime Upgrade" versions of Windows 7. In other words, if I had purchased a physical
copy of Windows 7 professional then sysprep would be available. Since I did not, sysprep is not available.


Question: If I purchased a full retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate and upgraded my current version of Windows 7 Professional using that DVD could I then regain a working sysprep feature on my laptop?

Thank you in advance. I would upgrade to Windows 10, but my graphics card is not supported by Windows 10. I receive an error from Windows 10 Upgrade .... "Windows 10 is not compatible with your graphics card". 

Any workarounds or advice would be appreciated.

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I went to staples today and I was asking one of the employees there about the Windows 7 Upgrade version and he said that he tried both the upgrade version and the full version and said that the full version was faster does anyone else have reports of this? I'd like to save the $60 if possible but i'd like my computer to be as fast as it can be, even if that means spending a little extra.

EDIT: title should be Windows 7, not Microsoft 7.

Answer:Microsoft 7 upgrade version is slower than full version?

Buy the upgrade version, but do a "clean" installation. See this tutorial http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1818-...-7-a.html?ltr=UI think someone was trying to get more money out of you.

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I have Win 7 64 bit Home, OEM. If I do any anytime upgrade to Win 7 64 bit Pro, does that change the OEM to a full version?

Reason I ask, I may want to change motherboards, to a different brand, and with an OEM I wouldn't be able to reactivate it.

Answer:Anytime Upgrade from OEM version to full version??

I don't even think you can get a Windows 7 Retail any more.

My understanding you can up grade from Home Premium but you will have to pay for the Up grade to Pro OEM builders.

Their might be other members with a better idea.

I personally don't like upgrades and just buy OEM builders and do a clean install.

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I built a new pc a month ago and have been running Win7 RC1 on it for the time being. Obviously Win7 is coming out next week so I am getting ready to purchase the full version. I could buy the Retail version of Win7 Home Premium 64-bit for $199, or the System Builders version for $99 on newegg.

Can anybody go ahead and buy the System Builders version, or is that restricted to actual pc resellers? Would newegg ask me for a resellers license or something if I try to order it? I built the pc, don't need MS support for it, and will only ever use that copy of Win7 on that pc. I just hate spending twice as much money for the Retail version if legally I can buy and use the System Builders version for half the price. Or am I better off paying more money for the Retail version?

Also, if I can buy the System Builders version, I assume it will come with the install dvd as well as install key? Plus, with that, I can install that copy on just this pc as many times as I want without limitations, correct? Meaning, I usually format and reload windows on a pc twice a year so over 4-5 years I will be reinstalling that copy of windows on the same pc 8-10 approx over the years.
 

Answer:Buying full version of Windows7: Retail version or System Builders version?

Anyone can buy an OEM license. They're cheaper because they don't include Microsoft support. You are your support. OEM licenses are tied to the hardware on which they're installed. Technically you are prohibited from installing an OEM copy on a completely different system, though many people will do this and successfully activate their copy by saying their motherboard failed and had to be replaced, etc.
 

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I need to know if I can use a clean install disk for Windows 7 Ultimate to upgrade from Vista or if I have to use an Upgrade version?

I'm leaning towards buying the clean install disk so that if I should loose the hard drive at some future point I could just clean install Win 7 Ultimate from the disk without having to first install Vista and then upgrade.

Regardless of which type I purchase, am I better off to buy the OEM disk from the machine manufacturer (Toshiba) or just purchase any OEM disk?

Of course, if I want Microsoft support then I need to purchase retail disks.

Thank you.

Answer:Upgrade version vs clean install version

I suggest the much cheaper upgrade DVD. It will do a clean install, if there is an underlying supporting version of Windows

MS has changed the rules for OEM, they are not for personal use, even if builidng your own computer.

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my problem is that I am trying to install windows 98 se full version on a computer that currently has windows 95 os installed.
How do i remove windows 95 in order to install windows 98 se full version?
 

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Hi, I want to 'Start Over' on my computer and wipe the whole thing clean. Problem is I have no Operating system disks, and no driver disks. Therefore, I have to purchase a new operating system. Right now I have microsoft windows XP Professional. I am going to buy XP Home edition b/c I dont want to spend that much money. Can I buy the upgrade version or do I need to buy the full version. Remember that I need to format the drive. Thanks.

Answer:Full version or Upgrade Version??

If you don't have any XP discs and you format your drive, you will need the full version. What you could do is get the upgrade and install that first, then remove your XP.

EDIT: Sorry, it's late here and I really should be in bed. For some reason I was thinking of Vista Home Basic. What I said still applies, however. If you have an earlier version of Windows, eg, '98, you can reformat your drive then install the upgrade. It will simply ask you to insert your '98 disc to check that the upgrade is valid. It's a long time since I installed my upgrade version of XP, but it was quite happy when I inserted an upgrade version of '98.

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Anyone know a quick and easy way to tell if a genuine Windows XP Installation CD is the upgrade or the full version?
 

Answer:How To Tell if Windows XP CD is An Upgrade Or Full Version

Put the CD in the drive and reboot. If it's the full version, it will say "Press any key to boot from CD". If it's an upgrade, I don't believe it will do anything and Windows will boot as normal. If I am wrong, someone please correct me.
 

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i have heard that thewindows XP upgrade can be installed like the full version if you have an old one to put in the drive, even if you never installed it. is this true?

Answer:Can windows upgrade be used like full version?

Could you be a bit more specific. I don't get what you mean with " have old one to put in the drive".

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I bought this at my local Future Shop, and from my best guess I think this is the full version. I want to be able to do a clean install, but am unsure if this is just a simple upgrade disc. Box I bought looks like the attachment. Sales reps didn't seem to knowledgeable. Also want to confirm, this doesn't look like an OEM version right? I want to be able to install this on another computer in case something happens to my current computer.

Answer:Is this the full version of Windows 8 Pro or an Upgrade?

I thought they weren't selling a full retail copy. It was either an upgrade, or a system builder (Oem).

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http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/default.aspx

Hi guys, after clicking on this deal and proceeding to checkout that it's an "upgrade" version. What I understand is that I would need Vista/XP to use it and it would not be suitable for a fresh install on a new comp or even to use the disk for reinstalling the windows 7 that I have on other computers.

Is this correct? Thanks in advance for any help
 

Answer:Windows 7 - Upgrade or Full Version

How to Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
 

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Didn't want to hi-jack the other thread that crumbleeze has running but like to clarify the following:-If I have one retail copy of Win98 and purchase two upgrade copies of XP can I install them on two different systems?Does the upgrade version work in the same way as a full retail version in that, if I uninstall on the original system, I can re-install on another system?Thankscc

Answer:Windows XP - Upgrade version v Full prog

Two answers:Physically, you can do it. Clean install, pop the 98 disc in when it needs to be checked for validity, then swap discs and carry on with the installation.Legally, no you can't. One copy of 98 = one installation of XP. Not two.Up to your conscience, really. I know what I'd do, but you might not like it.

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Good morning everyone

I have purchased (i mean got it Free..lol) Windows 10 Multiple Editions from my College's Dreamspark account and I want to know if it is a Full Version of Windows 10 or Upgrade only?

Windows 10 Multiple Editions includes Windows 10 Pro and Home editions in it. I have received ONE key for it which is for Windows 10 Pro edition. So i think i can install windows 10 Pro with this Key from DreamSpark.

But I want to do a clean install of Windows 10 on my computer and I do not want to do Upgrade from Windows 8.

So does anyone know if i can use DreamSpark's windows 10 Multiple edition Key to do a Fresh Clean install on a computer?

Answer:Windows 10 From Dreamspark - Is it Full Version or Upgrade only?

I could be wrong so don't quote me on this, but if you have a key... then I don't see why you can't do a fresh install. <shrug> Makes sense to me...

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I use Win98SE and am quite happy with it, but am getting the urge to change to XP (the challenge).1) Should I go for the full version and do a clean install and have all the hassle of reinstalling my software or would an upgrade version be better and hope (the challenge) that things go smoothly??!2) I assume that if I ever need to reinstall the upgrade I would have to reinstall Win 98 first each time.3) Is XP Pro worth the extra money?4) Is it possible to get either on the Microsoft Student Licensing or am I really beginning to lose it??!!All opinions welcomed as I seem unable to make a firm decision! Thanks for your input.

Answer:Windows XP-Upgrade or Full Version-Home or Pro?

1) Clean install2) No - you will just be prompted to insert the W98 disk at some point, to prove you have it3) Not unless you have specific or complex networking or security needs4) Yes - try SimplyMake sure you run the system checker on the MS website, to see whether your current hardware and software is ompatible.

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Hello everyone,

Just to let you all know that I have confirmed that you can do either a clean install, custom install, or upgrade install with a retail Upgrade version of Windows 7 and activate it on a clean unallocated (blank) drive or partition without any other OS installed or with one installed. It does not matter.

For questions and more information on this, please see this tutorial:
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


100% confirmed
Shawn



   Warning

Remember that you need a valid qualifying previous version of Windows to use a Upgrade Windows 7 copy legally. Microsoft only made doing a clean install from a upgrade Windows 7 possible to make it more convenient so you do not have to reinstall both the old Windows version (ex: Vista) and upgrade to Windows 7 everytime you needed or wanted to reinstall.

If you do not have a valid qualifying previous version of Windows, then you are violating the terms of Microsoft's Windows 7 End User License Agreement and could get your product key number invalidated by Microsoft. Plus, it is considered illegal.

For more about this, please see: Microsoft SMB Community Blog : Regardless of what any hack says, a Windows 7 Upgrade is an Upgrade. What you need to know.

Answer:Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Thank you for clearing this up.

The past few days have been a constant battle against misinformation that an Upgrade clean install can be done from boot. Even some regulars have insisted this on thin evidence that the XP Upgrade installer could boot and ask for the qualifying OS key, something which hasn't been in effect since XP.

Similarly, the Vista upgrade over itself trick was specifically foreclosed by MS, ending any hope for a boot clean install. Or so we thought. Now we learn that the Vista trick itself works, and there is Paul Thurrot's workaround to avoid having to install over itself.

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My hard drive crashed on my HP running windows vista. I had just bought the upgrade disk in hopes of fixing some software issues. Now I need a new drive. How do I install windows 7 on a new drive with an upgrade version of Windows 7?

Answer:Clean Install Windows 7 With Upgrade version

There is a way to do this but first this question ...Do you have a valid qualifying previous version of Windows Installation disc to use a Upgrade Windows 7? Be aware that Preinstalled Windows versions do not qualify.i_Xp/Vista/W7User

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Hi is there anyway i can do this? also i dont know how to do it from the bios can you help me?

i also want to make sure there are no traces of vista and all data is gone.

additional informartion:

toshiba satellite a500
4gb ram
500gb hd

Answer:Clean install with upgrade version without windows.old file?

Hello Johhny,

Sorry, but no. However, you can just delete the Windows.old folder afterwards to regain the HDD space.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I had windows 8.1 pro original dvd installed on my system.
Then I upgraded free to windows 10.
Now I want to make a new clean installation of windows 10 without keeping old files and directories and apps on c:\

So I downloaded the Microsoft windows 10 media creation tool.
Running it and I selected not to upgrade but : Create installation media for another PC
Now it's downloading the windows 10 and in the end I will create a bootable installation on my flash drive disk on key.

My question is if I will need a serial number/key when installing the windows 10 ?
My goal is to install a new clean windows 10 even with formatting c:\ or even delete and create new partition on c:\ but the idea is to install new clean windows 10.

Answer:Windows 10 upgrade is full clean installation ?

You will NOT need product key at all. Even in Clean install.

You already have Windows 10 installed and activated. Yes ?
If so, you are "digital entitled ".
You can reinstall the same Win 10 edition in the same computer as often as you want and anytime you want.
Activation will be automatic.

During the Clean Install, if you are asked to enter the product key, just click the SKIP ( or the "I do not have a product key" ) option and continue.
Activation will be automatic.

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I had windows 8.1 pro original dvd installed on my system.
Then I upgraded free to windows 10.
Now I want to make a new clean installation of windows 10 without keeping old files and directories and apps on c:\

So I downloaded the Microsoft windows 10 media creation tool.
Running it and I selected not to upgrade but : Create installation media for another PC
Now it's downloading the windows 10 and in the end I will create a bootable installation on my flash drive disk on key.

My question is if I will need a serial number/key when installing the windows 10 ?
My goal is to install a new clean windows 10 even with formatting c:\ or even delete and create new partition on c:\ but the idea is to install new clean windows 10.

Answer:Windows 10 upgrade is full clean installation ?

You will NOT need product key at all. Even in Clean install.

You already have Windows 10 installed and activated. Yes ?
If so, you are "digital entitled ".
You can reinstall the same Win 10 edition in the same computer as often as you want and anytime you want.
Activation will be automatic.

During the Clean Install, if you are asked to enter the product key, just click the SKIP ( or the "I do not have a product key" ) option and continue.
Activation will be automatic.

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I am having serious BSODs and none of the forums (internal hardware... Malware ) have been able to cure it.
I have already looked into the system repair using the install CD, but according to the program there was nothing to repair.
So, the next step I guess is to do a " clean install " using the full version CD.

I am almost to the point of a clean install just to rid myself of this nightmare.

boopme gave me a link to the step by step to do this and I am thankful for that.

I do have a couple of questions though.

Is it better to nuke the hard drive and start with a clean slate, or not, and when it comes to the part where you
are given the option at the partition decision, which is better......formatting the partition or just deleting and using one large one for every thing ?

And if you all have any hints or tips feel free to comment.

Thanks,

ronfiveo

Answer:Vista Clean Install (full version)

If you choose to delete the partition then a new one is created and formatted during the install - if it's clean install I usually just choose this option, not that it makes a massive difference. As for partition size, really depends on the size of your hard disk and how you like to set these things up. You can save your data on a different partition which could potentially make things a little easier if you have problems with the windows install later on. But, it does not protect your data like another hard disk would (in the event of a hardware problem), it's still the same disk after all.

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Right now I'm using windows 10 version 1511 , then I have to install windows update KB3199986 , the bad thing is that I have to upgrade my windows version to 1607 enable to have to install KB3199986? How can I upgrade my windows 10 version 1511 to 1607?? or can I install KB3199986 using my current windows 10 version 1511? Thank you...

Answer:How to upgrade windows version 1511 to version 1607

Go here:
Windows 10

Click the "Upgrade Now" button.

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Right now I'm using windows 10 version 1511 , then I have to install windows update KB3199986 , the bad thing is that I have to upgrade my windows version to 1607 enable to have to install KB3199986? How can I upgrade my windows 10 version 1511 to 1607?? or can I install KB3199986 using my current windows 10 version 1511? Thank you...

Answer:How to upgrade windows version 1511 to version 1607

Go here:
Windows 10

Click the "Upgrade Now" button.

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Answer:Will the Windows 10 Technical Preview users be able to upgrade to the full version of windows 10?

Last I heard is that there WILL be an upgrade path from Windows 10 Technical Preview to Retail Windows 10 IF:
You ONLY have a released build installed (no leaked build)NOTE: Below is NOT OFFICIAL, just supposition!!
Now, as for the FREE part, there will probably be steps needed to prove that you own a copy of Windows 7/8. However, if you did an in-place upgrade to Windows 10 Technical Preview and not a clean install, you may not have to verify. Only time will tell.

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going to buy full version soon but will do i need to unistall my trial version and download new kaspersky full version?

Answer:buying full kaspersky version, do i need to unistall trial version?

If you already have the trial version of the Kaspersky product you want to buy, you can leave it installed and enter the licence key to activate it, simple as that. However, if you buy an edition different than the one you have in trial, then you'll need to uninstall the trial edition and install the edition you'll buy.

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I noticed that alot of people post snapshots of errors and screens...
I would like to get a snipping tool that is compatible with Vista home basic..

Any Suggestions??

Also I know there is a tool that clears msconfig from obselete entrys...What is the best free one to get??

Answer:Where To Get A snipping tool full version free, not trial version

Just go to search and type snipping tool, its part of your operating system. It works great.

Part 2
CCleaner,
http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
Although safe, I would leave the default settings, except for the one registry adjustment that you want, if not already set.
My settings

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Alright, I thought I had the process nailed down, but I'm not having much luck.

I have a new laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit version coming tomorrow. It comes with 4GB of RAM and Windows 7 seems like the first OS that has wide support for the 64 bit version, please correct me if I'm wrong. So I thought I'd upgrade to 64 bit since everyone tells me I can do so, legally, for free, with the key on the sticker on the bottom of the laptop.

So I planned to download the ISO via Bit Torrent and check the hash, as somebody recommended. I installed MD5Summer.

But I'm stuck because I can't seem to find the Hash Checksums for W7 HP 64. Can anybody provide me a link to them on MS's site, or similar?

Anybody got a good BT link to save me from searching myself? I didn't see any that looked like the right version on Demonoid. What should my search term be? "Windows 7 OEM 64"?

I've never installed Windows 7, does the procedure differ from XP? I've installed XP hundreds of times.

What's the best way to verify performance of my new laptop? Free benchmarking program? Website with common benchmarks? I'd like to see if the OS upgrade actually benefits the benchmarks.

Any and all advice is appreciated.
 

Answer:New Laptop, Want to upgrade from Windows 7 32 bit version to 64 bit version

go to a local mom and pop's PC store and show them your license and they should be able to burn you a 64bit cd for $10 or less
 

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I am Currently running Windows XP Pro. I know I qualify to buy the Windows7 upgrade editions. I plan to install it on a new hard drive but the old hard drive will be there for upgrade verification. What happens if I later decide to wipe out my Windows 7 installation and do a fresh install? Or if my hard drive craps out and I need to do a fresh install? At that time I will not have an activated Windows XP os. Would I be better off with a full version of Windows 7?

Answer:Full or upgrade version?

Hmm, good question.

As long as there is a copy of Windows on the hard drive, you'll be able to reinstall to your hearts content. If you try to install on a blank hard drive, or your hard drive kills itself in a way you can't restore it, then you'll be out of luck unless you have a backup of your hard drive somewhere.

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can someone please clarify a few things for me.

1. the upgrade disks and the full disks are exactly the same EXCEPT the upgrade one requires proof that you own a copy of vista or xp.

2. what kind of proof does it require? does it just ask you for an XP/vista serial during the install?

thanks

Answer:Upgrade Vs Full version

Welcome to Sever Forums, fadetoblack.

Actually, you don't need any proof.

Check out this tutorial - Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Hello!

My computer had recently been updated by someone at a local computer shop who told me that the Windows 7 was genuine, but apparently it wasn't. The software gave me errors about a month after and now my computer is starting to run terribly and I am forced to use safe mode. I don't want to use illegal software and now this computer shop closed and I have no idea how to contact them and I really don't even want to bother. I just want to know if I am able to buy the Windows 7 Upgrade disk because they offer it at my work for a reduced amount. If I have to buy the full version, let me know.

I appreciate your help on this. Thank you all and have a pleasant tomorrow.

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The cost of the full version of Ultimate makes me want to throw up but I may not have a choice. I'm running Win 7 Ultimate RC. I do have Windows Vista Home Premium but haven't installed it since the first Win 7 beta came out. I do a lot of experimenting and frequently have to reinstall the OS. It's fun..............I like to do it. My question is if I bought the upgrade would I have to install Vista first everytime and then use the upgrade? Since I do frequent fresh installs I'm betting that the full version is the way for me to go. Thanks

Answer:Upgrade or Full Version

No one will know for sure until we can test the upgrade media on the 22nd.

But it looks like re installations are going to be more of a hassle than in the days of XP and vista.

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I have read here over the past few months that just about every upgrade disc of Windows allows a clean version install from within an already running copy of Windows. Has anyone tried this yet with Windows 7?

I've got the RTM version of Windows 7 installed currently obviously and would like to know if I can just buy the upgrade and not the full version (trying to save my pennies).

Answer:Full Version vs Upgrade

Hello Igster,

Yes, it's been confirmed. You can do a clean install from a upgrade version of Windows 7. At least for now you can.

Upgrade Install with Windows 7

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It doesn't say upgrade anywhere on the box but I noticed it does say it on the discs.

I ordered full version for the $30 student deal but I'm not sure if that is what I received.

I'm not installing until after x-mas in hopes of an SSD drive, so can you experts tell me from these pics if this is upgrade or full version?



 

Answer:Is this full version or upgrade?

Looks to be the full version, 'anytime upgrade' is in most versions so you can electronically upgrade to a higher version without reinstalling the OS
 

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I have 5 copies of windows XP Pro Full edition, but I need to do an "In Place Upgrade". Why, if the Full version costs more than the upgrade version, won't it let me do an upgrade? Is there anyway to bypass this goofiness and use my full version to do an upgrade from win98?

If I use an upgrade cd, it won't accept my full version product key. Even after upgrading with upgrade cd. I can't insert the full version product key with Magical Jellybean Key finder.

Can someone explain the rational of why the more expensive product does less than the cheaper version?

Does anybody know how to either:
1) force the full version product key after an upgrade install
2) do an upgrade with a full version disc?

I've got 5 full versions of XP pro that are worthless to me at the moment.

Thanks,
Mr.3
 

Answer:Need to Upgrade with XP Pro Full Version

If you are upgrading to WinXP from Win98, then you are likely to suffer many problems and have an unstable system. If I were you, I'd reformat and do a clean install of WinXP, otherwise you may regret it at some point down the line. I'm not saying it isn't possible, but I've yet to see an upgrade from win98 to winxp that was without problems. Even if you later update all the drivers you will still find that some things won't work as expected and you may get various errors when installing some software further down the line. Do a clean install and follow this by updating to sp2 as soon as you can.
 

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Hi,

My apologies if these question have been asked. My search skill is as poor as my bank account.

Scenario:
Suppose I have a Windows XP pro x86 on my box, and I'm buying Windows 7 retail to upgrade my system. My search tells me that I can buy the Upgrade version to upgrade. I know it's not a direct upgrade.

My XP was upgraded from Windows 2000, which was upgraded from Windows NT 4.

Questions:
What if the unthinkable happens and I need to reformat my hard drive?

Q1: Will I be able to reinstall Windows 7 using the upgrade disc? Or do I have to reinstall XP, then perform the "upgrade" again?

Q2: Will I be better off buying the full version? Can the full version be used to perform this "upgrade"?

Any comments and suggestions are highly appreciated.

thanks!

Answer:Should I buy full or upgrade version?

Get the full version if I were you.

With the full version, if anything goes wrong, just format you HDD and reinstall windows. Much easier than the first question you raised.

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Im planning the move to Windows XP. I currently run Windows 98. Should I just get the Windows XP upgrade or should I get the XP full version? Besides it being an upgrade and installing over Win 98 what are the downfalls to using the upgrade version of XP??
 

Answer:Win XP upgrade or full version

They are the same except the Upgrade version looks for an older Windows, which can be on CD. I recommend you install it fresh, not upgrade, but Microsoft for the first time requirements an upgrade. But why burden yourself with old problems?
 

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I already have a full version of Powerquest Drive Image 2002. I have recently installed Windows XP and think I might upgrade to Drive Image version 7.The Upgrade version is five pounds cheaper than the full version.Is there any advantage in buying the full version over the upgrade?.... If I buy the upgrade does that mean I must keep hold of the old version and cannot sell it?Thanks in anticipationRob

Answer:New full version or upgrade?

The V7 upgrade will require you to have a qualifying version already installed, in your case 2002. If you are confident you will never need to re-install your o/s you can go for the upgrade version and pass your 2002 version on. Are you that confident ? It's your call ;-))

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I'm sure this is an easy question. I want to upgrade my Windows 98SE O/S to Windows XP Pro. Does the XP Pro full version have the option to upgrade, or do you have to do a full install. I want to save my programs and files. I ask because I have not done a full install since Windows 3.0. Appears that full version are available on eBay for less than cost of upgrade version.
 

Answer:XP upgrade using full version

stevef919 said:

I'm sure this is an easy question. I want to upgrade my Windows 98SE O/S to Windows XP Pro. Does the XP Pro full version have the option to upgrade, or do you have to do a full install. I want to save my programs and files. I ask because I have not done a full install since Windows 3.0. Appears that full version are available on eBay for less than cost of upgrade version.Click to expand...

Add another hard drive. One will be 98Se and the other XP Pro.
 

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I have a copy of Windows XP that I purchased a few months back. I built 2 computers and installed it on one computer ran it for about a month. Then I deactivated it and put it on another.

I want to run Windows7 on the deactivated computer. Do I have to buy the full version or can I upgrade.

Also if I upgrade to Windows 7 does that make my copy of XP no good anymore?

Answer:Full Version or upgrade

Personally, I would purchase a full retail version of Windows 7.

Here is upgrade info on W7 --> http://www.microsoft.com/windows/buy...grade-faq.aspx

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A friend just asked me the following question..."I know you can only upgrade with Home Premium Upgrade, and Clean Install with the Full Version. But, can you upgrade XP with the full version?"I am assuming he wants to install 'WinXP Pro' on a PC that already has 'WinXP Home'. By using a WinXP Pro disk as an upgrade or repair install. My gut feeling is no you can't.

Answer:Can I upgrade XP with the full version?

Yes, it is possible apparently - see last post in this thread click here by Ron Martell. G

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Hello!

My computer had recently been updated by someone at a local computer shop who told me that the Windows 7 was genuine, but apparently it wasn't. The software gave me errors about a month after and now my computer is starting to run terribly and I am forced to use safe mode. I don't want to use illegal software and now this computer shop closed and I have no idea how to contact them, and quite frankly I don't want to because of what they did... I just want to know if I am able to buy the Windows 7 Upgrade disk because they offer it at my work for a reduced amount. If I have to buy the full version, let me know.

I appreciate your help on this. Thank you all and have a pleasant tomorrow.
 

Answer:Upgrade vs. Full Version

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Just a quick question when i upgraded to xp home with the upgrade disk,you need a full version of a windows OS to do it ok,but why then does it list Xp home full version as a version u need,if you had that you wouldnt be upgradeing would you?So is there things in the full version you dont get with the upgrade?May be silly question but thought id ask lol.Regards.

Answer:Xp upgrade or Xp full version ?

Sorry fot bieng a pain but another question i run AVG and now i dont get the boot menu showing up when xp starts like i did with 98 so is it still running and just not showing me? AVG is set to run bootup scan i checked.Regards.

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So I done a manual upgrade to the Creators Update a few days ago but appear to have a corrupted user profile/s and possibly even a corrupted upgrade installation.

I'm not sure what to do, I could transfer user files to a new user profile but it may be more trouble than it's worth and I suspect the Windows installation may be corrupted also so could be pointless.

I could clean install version 1703, but is it deemed stable enough? I could also roll the update back or restore the 1603 system image I took before hand. Recommendations? These issues really give me a headache!

Answer:Is version 1703 stable enough for clean installation?

Since the outcome may depend on your system's configuration, here's an option:

1. Use Macrium Reflect (free) + its boot disk + external storage for disk images to image your present system.

2. Try a clean install and see what happens.

3. If you don't like it, restore whichever of your images you prefer.

Otherwise, simply restore 1607, and if you have Pro, defer upgrades, and wait a few months for the dust to settle, and try upgrading again with whatever updates have appeared by then.

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For those people who CLEAN installed Win 10 using the Media Creation Tool, will it automatically update to Threshold-2 (version 1511 Build 10586.36) through Windows Update once installation had been completed?
Or does that have to downloaded separately?

And what is the "KB" Number for version 1511 Threshold-2?
Thanks in advance

Answer:Updating to version 1511 after Clean Installation using MCT?

Windows update will do that for you.

Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 KB3124200

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For those people who CLEAN installed Win 10 using the Media Creation Tool, will it automatically update to Threshold-2 (version 1511 Build 10586.36) through Windows Update once installation had been completed?
Or does that have to downloaded separately?

And what is the "KB" Number for version 1511 Threshold-2?
Thanks in advance

Answer:Updating to version 1511 after Clean Installation using MCT?

Windows update will do that for you.

Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 KB3124200

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Hi there

I made a clean Windows Vista orgianal upgrade set from Modus link.
Installed and now when a want to install the DVD Movie Factory patch (DMF5.51_Patch_18in1_for TOSHIBA_147.05_0718)
there is no dvd creator software installed and also no cd creator...
it saids "no earlyer DMF found" and is stop and exit intalling this patch.

Now i cann't get the dvd creator software on my Satelite A-100 ..

In my earlyer OS XP MCE had a.. DVD creator DMF from Ulead for toshiba (oem) and sonic cd creator

What can i try now?
Reagds Okky

Answer:Cannot download full DVD Movie Factory version for Satellite A100 and clean Vista

The fact is that both applications are part of recovery image and these applications are available if you have ?factory settings? only. They cannot be downloaded and installed additionally.

If you want to habe them again you must install OS again using Toshiba recovery DVD.

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I bought XP and now need to install it on a wiped hard drive. My CD says XP Home Edition and also Upgrade. I have not been successful installing it on the hard drive. It doesn't recognize it and says I need the "Full Edition." Here are my two questions: 1) Can the CD only be used ONCE? I installed it on another computer in my home when I was upgrading from Windows 98.
2) Is there a different version of XP that is the "Full" edition--in other words one that doesn't say "upgrade?"
Thanks!
 

Answer:Solved: full version or upgrade

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Is the upgrade version of XP the same as the full version except for requiring you to prove you have a copy of W98 before it will install.orIs the upgrade version of XP essentially an add on to W98.I'm confused.

Answer:Difference between full and upgrade version of XP?

It is exactly the same except that you gave to either (a) install over the top or (b) reformat, install and pop in your 98 disk when prompted.

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I was asked a tech question that took my a little off guard by a co-worker. We were talking about the new Vista and the differences in buying an upgrade compared to the full version. Then this question came up:

What are the major differences (besides price) in buying an "Upgrade" Vs a "Full" version of Vista Ultimate?

I realized that the upgrade requires you to provide an original OS disk to verify the eligibility for the upgrade. But other than this, what are the differences?

Keep in mind we both ONLY do clean installs of the OS after completely wiping the hard drives.

Is an "Upgrade" a complete 1:1 copy of the "Full" version, just with different install requirements?
 

Answer:Vista - Upgrade Vs Full Version

J8son said:





I realized that the upgrade requires you to provide an original OS disk to verify the eligibility for the upgrade. But other than this, what are the differences?Click to expand...

No in Vista that method of popping in a previous OS cd doesnt work to upgrade, now you need a previous recognised OS installed on th HD and you run the upgrade disk from inside the OS GUI.


However a workaround for using the upgrade DVD to clean install was posted here for you http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=121436 it bascially involves you installing Vista twice.


Other than that the two versions are the same.
 

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I'm new to the forum, so I apologise if this has been asked before. Can W7 Home Premium full version be used to do an in-place upgrade?

I have a new PC with Vista Home Premium that gives me a free upgrade to W7 (but it will still cost 20 euros for p&p). Vista is pre-loaded and the recovery files are on a separate partition on one drive. Worse case scenario is the hard drive dies. I will need the full version of W7 to do a clean install on a new hard drive, but at the moment I would just like to upgrade.

All things considered, I'm thinking of buying the full version while it's half price but need to know if I can use that to just do an upgrade. Is that possible?

Thanks in advance.

D

Answer:In-place upgrade using full version?

Hi and Welcome to SevenForums

Whilst the ability to install fresh from an upgrade disk is doubtful the ability to perform an upgrade from a full Windows 7 disk is well proven.

Check the tutorials section here for various options

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Can someone explain the difference between - in this case - the upgrade and full version of XP? I've just formatted my hard drive and plan to install XP Home version. I assume that the upgrade only works if installed over an existing version of a Windows OS (in my case Me) and since an upgrade is half the price of the full version, should I re-install Me and then upgrade to XP straightaway on a relatively clean drive? Or should I pay extra and get the full version?However, will the upgrade version work if at some stage I have to format my hard drive again and need to re-install XP?

Answer:Upgrade or full version of XP Home?

i installed update on reformatted hard drive blank.all that happened was xp asked for win 98se product key which of course i had.then every thing went hunky dory

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I purchased Vista Ultimate Upgrade. I am running XP on my "C:" drive and I purchased a new drive which I called "V:."

I installed Vista Ultimate Upgrade onto the V drive and it seems to be working fine.

My questions are:

Am I taking the full advantage of Vista even though I installed just the upgrade onto the new drive?
What more does the full version offer then the upgrade?

If I would have installed the upgrade onto my C: drive over XP it would have taken some items (I think it probably must have) from XP so did that happen when I installed it on the fresh V: drive?

Last but not least; I have a HP iPaq h5555 that I am trying to sync with my contacts in Office 2007. When I plug the device in a screen pops up asking what to do with the device... browse folders, sync music files etc. But when I try to sync it using the syncing thingy in the control panel it does not even see the device.

How do I fix that?

Thanks all...
 

Answer:Vista Upgrade/Full Version

The only difference is that the upgrade requires xp installed, eventhough there is a way around this, and Full doesnt.

How did u install the upgrade on the clean V drive? Did you put in a key? I have a feeling something is missing here.

For the Ipaq, you need to install Windows Mobile Device Center, the replacement for activesync for Vista: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/devicecenter.mspx
 

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upgrade or full version
Home Premium Upgrade $49.99 full version $199.99
Professional Upgrade $99.99 full version $299.99
Ultimate Upgrade $219.99 full version $319.99
i am thinking of getting the professional one

couple of questions
what is the difference does one have more than the other
i have window vista (genuine) can i do a clean install if i get the upgrade
if i pre order it is it 32 or 64 bit it does not say

Answer:window 7 upgrade or full version

Where are you finding pricing info for W7?
Last I heard it is still in beta and isnt available to be sold.

As for the upgrade or full version that is up to you but in Vista there is a trick to use the upgrade disk and be able to do a full install. Im not sure if that option will still be possible in W7 until it comes out.

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I don't know why this info seems so hard to come by but I am going to change over my old Vista 32 HD to a new 1 T HD. I want to install 7 clean on that new drive and use my old as a storage volume.
My old HD was upgraded using a Vista upgrade disk.
If I buy a Windows 7 Home premium upgrade disk 64 bit will I just be able to insert the old Vista upgrade disk to prove eligabilty like you could do when installing and upgrade version of XP?
I hope I don't need to buy the full version when I have already paid for the Vista upgrade.

I hope I made my question clear.

OS
 

Answer:Full version or upgrade needed for 7?

Why not just clone your old hard drive over to the new one? I believe all the hard drive manufacturers have software to do this; visit their website ti download it. I know Western Digital has it; look for their Data Lifeguard Tools.
 

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hello, was wondering, i am reinstalling XP on my friends comp and booting from cd says its an upgrade put in your old 98, me, 95 disk , well we dont have 1 we only have his xp cd, so i tryed installing useing boot disk, well same msg again, error msg says cant find a previous version of windows installed, to continue, setup needs to verify that you qualify to use this upgrade product, but this is the full version on xp home edition, pls help thanks
 

Answer:XP install help pls, says full version is an upgrade

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Just what difference is there in either version except with the upgrade you either have to have a previous version installed or the disks available. I assume you have a choice for doing a clean install with the upgrade if you desire or saving your current files etc.

Answer:Difference between 8 pro upgrade and full version

There is no traditional full retail version of Windows 8. The nearest that I know of is the System Builder license, which can be used similarly to the old retail license. I'm not sure whether it can be used to do an upgrade-in-place, like the old full retail license.

Normally, an upgrade license requires that an upgradeable older OS be installed. (Some would say and activated.) Just having disks for the older OS isn't good enough. However, there's another activation method:

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade[2]=Installation and Setup

Yes, an upgrade copy can be used to do a clean install. You can even delete the existing partitions on the OS install drive. It's a bit different than older versions of Windows: even if you delete the OS partitions, some settings and files will be carried over from the old installation.

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Hi all,

I recently bought a new Dell laptop and was planning on wiping and reloading windows immediately upon arrival (it hasn't arrived yet). It will come with a win7 pro 64bit license key on a sticker somewhere, but of course will not come with a vanilla win7 pro disc. Instead i'll get some sort of "recovery disc" which will presumably (?) reload all the crapware i'm trying to get rid of in the first place. I do, however, have a win 7 pro 64 bit _upgrade_ disc laying around from a different machine. My question is this: Will the license key that comes on the sticker on the laptop work with the win 7 _upgrade_ disc that i have? (I agree that it "should," but then you also "should" be able to use an upgrade disc to do a clean install from a blank hard drive, and I know from experience that it's something of a hassle). Can i use my upgrade disc to do a clean reload of the OS?

If not, how do i accomplish a clean reload of this thing with minimal hassle? (Is it at all possible to get any "clean" media from Dell?)

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

-ben
 

Answer:Win 7 upgrade disc w/ full version OEM key

Even Dell doesn't include recovery media anymore unless you pay extra for it, so no, you won't get a recovery disc or a restore disc at all. You'll be able to create one by burning it off after the machine is fired up the first time (afaik, I haven't worked on any newer Dells in the past 6 months or so, things may have changed yet again). They do offer the actual Windows 7 installation media for a cost, but you'd have to contact them to ask about pricing.

It's easy to create your own "Dell installation disc" however; you can find instructions at the MyDigitalLife.info forums which is pretty much the source online for making your own custom OEM installation discs. All that's required is basically a clean Windows 7 installation DVD (they link directly to the Microsoft ISO downloads at that forum, with checksums available to make sure they're not corrupt), the Dell xrm-ms digital licensing file (will be on your Dell machine when you get it, it's a small file on the drive), and the Dell royalty Product Key for the edition of Windows 7 you're getting (most likely Windows 7 Home) and that's it.

You install using the Windows 7 DVD, don't put in a Product Key during the install, when it's completely up and running, install the license key (you'll find the instructions over at those forums), then install the royalty Product Key, and then do the activation and wham, you're done and that's that. ... Read more

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Let's say someone wanted to make a trial version of Dreamweaver mx 2004 into a full version, assuming they had a serial #, how would that be done?
 

Answer:convert trial version to full version?

By following the instructions that were sent to the legal owner of the license by the developer of Dreamweaver with the purchased and paid-for number.
 

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I'm looking for a comparison chart or other documentation that will indicate the differences between the OEM and Full Retail version of ACT! 2006. I've Googled; but, I cannot find anything that helps.

With some softwares, the only difference is that OEM gets no tech support from the developer. With others, there is a difference in available features. In the features case, I would want to know what comes with Retail ACT! that is not included in OEM.
 

Answer:Act! 2006 Full version and OEM version--What's the diff?

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My free trial of NIS2005 with antispyware is running out tomorrow and i know with previous versions of NIS i have had alot of problems uninstalling it. So will i have to uninstall the trial or just try installing right over the top of it?

Answer:NIS trial to full version BUT differnent version

o yeah, the one i have to install is the 2005without anti spyware - yet another thign i forgot to say

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I'm looking to upgrade from vista to 7. the ugrade version is obviously cheaper than the full version. I'm just wondering are you still able to do a full/clean install with the upgrade version disc, or does that disc only work for upgrading from vista to 7 just replacing the operating system but leaving the non OS files?
 

Answer:fresh install - upgrade or full version

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1st i do not received my windows 7 upgrade disc and now heard about the upgrade version do not come with the full features compare to the pre-loaded version. Can someone explain to me why am i paying extra for the upgrade (bought Y450 one month before the launch) and i do not get the full features?????!!!!! 

Answer:Upgrade version : not full Window 7 features

 stoneage wrote:Can someone explain to me why am i paying extra for the upgrade (bought Y450 one month before the launch) and i do not get the full features?????!!!!!  You have not received the upgrade disc yet but you are complaining about missing features. What have you heard? What features are supposed to be missing? 

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Hi All-I recently bought a new pc and it came with microsoft works version 8 preinstalled. I have been told that I can also install microsoft office, which I now need! I'm unsure though whether I need to buy the full retail version, which proves pretty costly for me, or whether I can buy an upgrade-I suppose in effect to convert the works to office-is that possible? Apologies for being so dense but would rather ask than make a huge mistake!

Answer:Need to install MS Office-upgrade or full version?

The upgrade is possible, my laptop came with works and I ordered office 2003 and when it came it was an upgrade that worked perfectly just remember to keep both disc's and product keys incase you need to reinstall for any reason.

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Hello All,

I am going to install WinXP Home and need to know which version of XP I have to purchase. My system is running Win98 SE now and I want to do a clean install of XP. All files are backed up and the disk is ready to be reformatted.

Can I purchase the upgrade version or do I have to purchase the full version?

Thanks for your help
Itnewjersey
 

Answer:XP Home Install using Upgrade or Full CD Version

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I want vista home premium, full install, not upgrade. Will this version work on any pc without XP or a previous version of windows, or is it an upgrade version (link below). Also, a best buy guy told me only vista ultimate was available in 64-bit. This version seems to contradict that.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16832116204Moderator Edit: Moved topic to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Is This Version Of Vista Full Install Or Upgrade

This is considered a full-version of Vista 64-bit. As this is an OEM version, Microsoft will not be providing tech support. These OEM editions are meant to be installed on PC's with no OS, but you may use them as an upgrade if you wish. All versions of Vista are available in both 32 and 64-bit versions. With OEM packs, as there is only one DVD, you have to select which one you want before proceeding to checkout. If you're using an upgrade copy, only Ultimate has 64-bit in the same packaging with a 32-bit edition. With all other versions of Upgrade, you will need to contact Microsoft to get 64-bit. The full retail edition of Vista includes, in all versions except Starter which isn't available in the U.S., EU, or most other industrialized countries, both 32 and 64 in the packaging.

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Good Morning,

I am putting together a new custom build. I currently have windows home x64 (full lis), and intended on reusing the HDD and OS with the "transfer to new computer" tutorial. However, I want to take advantage of 32 GB of ram with the new build and would like to upgrade to win 7 Pro *(full lis) to migrate HDD if i want in the future*, but I would like to keep all my files and settings as they are now. Pictures/songs etc, I am not worried about, but I would like to have all exsisting game programs etc remain installed in thier root directory's through the home to pro full liscence upgrade. Do I need to do anything special to the system besides sys prep, and is thier an upgrade option between to full liscence copies that will not prevent future HDD swaps to a new motherboard/custom build?

Thank you in advance

Dave

Answer:How do I upgrade full liscence version of 7 home x 64 to 7 pro x64

The normal way is to do a Windows Anytime Upgrade:

Windows Anytime Upgrade - Microsoft Windows

What I can't tell you from personal experience is whether you can use a key other than a special Anytime Upgrade key to do the upgrade. I believe that you could use either a Win7 Pro retail upgrade key or full retail key, but I don't know from personal experience.

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I tried upgrading a Home Premium Installation with a Professional Technet Disk and found that it deferred to an Any Time Upgrade that had to be purchased separately (with an Anytime Upgrade Key). Has anyone found a way to upgrade with a Full Version Disk?

Answer:Upgrade w/Full Version Doesn't Work

If I'm reading your post correctly then you can't upgrade from Home Premium to Professional..

You can perform a clean install.

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Hi, I could do with some advice. I want to upgrade from 98SE to XP, but should I use an upgrade disc or go for the full version? Some info on what I can expect when installing either version would not go amiss either!! Thanks

Answer:Advice - XP (From 98SE) Upgrade or Full Version

Run click here firstGuide click herePersonally I would go for the upgrade but others will disagree...

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Hello Everyone

Excuse this is my first post on the Forum.
Seeking advice on windows 7 system, i failed to fully upgrade from the demo winows 7 when i purchased the laptop. I have been using 30 day trail versions and now i would like to upgrade totally.
What are the best options guys!

Answer:Satellite C650D - Win 7 upgrade to full version

It is not known to me that Toshiba offers notebooks with some Windows demo version.
Can you please post whole notebook model name or model number?

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.it now appears that there is no need to pay for a full version.. you can do a clean install with the upgrade version with no need to show you have an XP or Vista system already..just use the upgrade key provided.

Answer:Clean install with Upgrade version..

Yes, however I am certain you will still need the full version to keep it activated and get the full features, correct?

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My question is Can You Do A Custom Clean Install Using A Upgrade Version of Windows 7? I already have a valid OS installed on the hard drive. I am using Windows Vista Home Premium right now. I am wondering if I can do a custom clean install of Windows 7 from an upgrade disk of Windows 7 Home Premium? I don't want to upgrade because I am afraid I won't get the best performance and I want to have a 'fresh new OS'. It is cheaper to buy the upgrade then the full.

-thanks for helping!

Answer:Can You Do A Clean Install Using A Upgrade Version of 7

The Upgrade is the same installation as the full version, only the key is different.

You can get the cleanest install possible with an Upgrade version, booting from the DVD, selecting Custom install, and using Advanced drive tools to format the hard drive.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

The DVD scans the hard drive when it is starting up and sees XP/Vista/RC and allows the Upgrade key.

You can even do an Upgrade to a new or pre-formatted HD, using workarounds that are widely available and even given out by MS. This is a courtesy because 6 million beta testers mostly abandoned their old XP/Vista when they saw how good WIn7 is.

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With VISTA, you could not install a fresh copy, you needed to upgrade your existing OS. (unlike XP, 2000, etc.)

Did this change with 7? Can you do a clean install from an upgrade 7 DVD?

Thanks!

Answer:UPGRADE version: Can you a do a 'clean' install

You can do a clean install with a vista upgrade disc, but it remains to be seen if that still applies to windows 7. And just so it's clear i am talking about the double install method if your upgrading to a machine with no Operating system. Otherwise yes you can do an clean install with the windows 7 upgrade disc.

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Hi all

First time poster, so apologies if this has been posted before.

I upgraded from XP to Win 7 64 bit a few years ago, using the upgrade version of Win 7 and performed a clean install at the time.

Unfortunately my c drive has just failed so my intention is to replace it with a ssd drive and reinstall Win 7.

Can I do this with the current upgrade version of Win 7 that I have or will I have to install a 'full' version of it?

Thanks for your help

Nick

Answer:Win 7 Clean install with XP Upgrade Version

Proceed with a Clean Reinstall Windows 7.

It may reject the Product Key during install because no other OS is seen on the drive. If that happens just leave it blank and finish the install. Afterwards use the quick Option 3 workaround in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version provided by MS to activate Upgrade version on a new or cleaned hard drive.

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If I buy a full Vista disk, can I UPGRADE from my current XP SP2 system (keeping my applications) with it? Or, do I have to do a clean install and reload all of my applications?

This http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradepaths.mspx is not totally clear, but it looks like you do not have the option to UPGRADE from the clean install version.

I am aware I can use dual-boot with the clean install version, but does that mean I have to re-install applications in the Vista partition

Summary: Can I UPGRADE from the clean install disk?

One other question:

I understand Vista's backup/restore is different and perhaps not too flexible. I have had great success with MS's NTBACKUP program. Can I use it with Vista?
 

Answer:Ugrade Version or Clean Install Version?

with full..you can upgrade and keep favorites/settings/email...etc

i have ultimate full...let me check here
stupid box is almost impossible to open sometimes, you have to hold it just right to open easy **frustrated**

for antivirus..update it then disable it before you upgrade
ok it also says for upgrade you can keep your current settings/programs, user accounts,files
however it does recommend to backup files n stuff to disc before you install

you can dual boot..i dont know if you have to reinstall apps in vista, i assume you can use transfer tool to do that

with upgrade edition..you must have an activated valid XP installed first
with full edition....well its obvious

i kinda doubt you could use NT backup but who knows, give it a shot
 

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Hi

I have a Compaq laptop which runs Vista Home Basic very nicely.

I am now the owner of a full version Vista Ultimate package, and would like to upgrade the laptop to Ultimate. Should be a breeze.

When I insert the DVD it starts the upgrade process OK but when I get to the bit where I chose "upgrade" it is greyed out and a note below says "Upgrade option disabled"

I don't want to do a clean instal as the laptop has lots of software products which came with the machine and I have no instal disks for them.

Is this upgrade disabled normal? Could it be an SP2 problem, ie current system is SP2, while the Ultimate DVD may be SP1 or less??

Could it be a space issue? I have the laptop's disk divided into C and D Drive and the C Drive part is pretty full.

Thanks

Answer:Upgrade Home Basic Using Full Version Ultimate DVD

The first thing that comes to mind are the editions the same bit, ie 32 or 64 bit?

In addition, I think that this thread will explain your situation
Vista Home Premium will not upgrade to Ultimate

To recap, there are various reasons that an upgrade will be blocked. In your case, I believe it is due to the SP discrepency. If you do have different, bits however, that would be the specific cause that is applicable to you.

In any event, a clean install is ALWAYS best. Upgrades are very often problemsome.

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Which do I need to purchase: Upgrade or Full Version of Office (small business) 2007?

The office computer has Word, Excel (2003) and Power Point but not the other programs that come with this package.

I searched the Microsoft web site for a contact/phone number and found none.

What I mostly want to know is if I will get a physical disk with the purchase or just an online download/installation.

I'm assuming the upgrade is done over the net and a disk is sent in the mail with the full version...
Does anyone know?
Thanks,
Sandy
 

Answer:Solved: Upgrade or Full Version Office 2007?

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Hi folks, am I toast?Bought a 2nd hand laptop a couple of years ago at a computer fair.It came preinstalled with win 98. No didks but there was a directory on the hdd with all the set up files.Decided it was time for a reinstall, put the set up files directory on a cd and reformattted laptop.Now come to reininstall and it turns out that the version of windows I was sold is an update and the installation program is asking for a qualifying product.Annoyingly I have disposed of both the copies of win 3.1 and 95 I had years ago.Have I had it? Is there anything on the Web I can download to get things moving?Thanks. Epirb.

Answer:Win 98 installation, upgrade version problems.

I have a Genuine windows 95 disk with product key. It's been gathering dust for years.I will not be using it again.Yours if you want it?

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my current setup is that i (believe) i did a clean install of win 7 prof over my old win xp. but in any case, i have a new mobo, cpu and ram and im assuming i have to reinstall windows because of the hardware change.

since this is an upgrade version, do i have to reinstall xp first before i install win 7? or can i just install the win 7 w/o having to bother with the xp at all?

Answer:new hardware, can i do a clean install with a retail upgrade version?

Hello Natty, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yeah, usually with a new different model motherboard you'll need to reinstall the OS.

You will not have to install XP first. The tutorial below can help show you how to do a clean install with a upgrade copy of Windows 7.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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have laptop that used to run Vista. was upgraded to Win7 Ultimate. copy was not
genuine, and get message re same. would like to go genuine. don't need ultimate,
would be happy with professional. will an upgrade version work to convert me to
a legal/genuine copy? thanks in advance for any advice

Answer:Can you use upgrade version to make installation genuine

Hello beartobewith, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have a legal product key for the edition of Windows you want to install?

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My daughter's computer is not playing her games properly like it did when I first gave it to her.  The computer came with WinMe, I put upgrade version of XP Professional.  I am considering cleaning up some programs on the hard drive, just wondering if removing files from WinMe/98 would impact the operation of XP?  If so, is there a way to condense or compress them to save space, instead of just deleting them?Thanks

Answer:Upgrade version XP, need to delete all traces of previous version?

Without more info on how that machine is setup it would be guesswork at best...Are you saying that WinME is still installed on there along with XP ? ?Or are these older programs you re-installed after installing XP ? ?How much free space is on that hard drive ? ?

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I have a laptop that came with Win7/8 that I upgraded to Win10 while it was free. The hard drive failed, so I replaced it, restored the OS to Win8 from backup, then upgraded back to Win10 and says it's activated.
I have purchased a new laptop and want to sell this one, but want it to be completely clean. I only have one User account which is a Local Account Administrator user. I guess I need to do a Win10 refresh or reset or clean install to get rid of all my User data. Not sure which one so that I get rid of my User data and retain the activation?

Answer:Refresh/Reset/Clean Install on Activated Free Upgrade Version?

Just do a clean install of W10 on the old laptop, it will activate automatically once it`s online, the laptops hardware data is stored on Microsoft`s server, you don`t have to worry about a thing

You could also clean install the original OS that came with the old laptop, as long as you can read the key on the COA.

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Hello,
Downloaded the iso for ATA v1.7.2 so I could upgrade our current ATA center which is at 1.6.4103.  According to the "ATA update to 1.7 migration guide", it seems to say that I can be at 1.6 to upgrade to 1.7.  However, upon running the
Microsoft ATA Center Setup, I get the following pop up message:
  "Updating to version 1.7.5757.57477 from version 1.6.4103.64991 is not supported"
Is this accurate and, if so, what process should I follow to get to version 1.7.*??  Do I need to uninstall version 1.6 and can I preserve the existing Mongo DB?

Thanks!

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Hi,

I am using windows 2003 o.s with my SAP software got installed.As i am not having the sound drivers for my 2003 o.s .so that can i install xp on my p.c with out un-installing my SAP software and i don't want to format my system.........so that i can get sound drivers with Xp..

THNKS.......

Answer:Is It Possible To Upgrade On Higher Version To Lower Version O.s

No, you can't do what you are asking here. The only way you can change the o/s is to format and install.

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I have Win7 HP x64 on my computer and I just found out that an upgrade download version of Enterprise is offered free through my job. I have read through threads dating back to early 2012 that say that upgrading from HP to Enterprise is not possible because Enterprise has a different license key. I have a few questions.

1) Is this upgrade version of Enterprise meant to be an upgrade from XP Enterprise, or is there now a way to upgrade from an existing w7 version?

2) When upgrade version are offered to employees through a job like this, are employees required to get a key from the software admins, and does this also apply to downloaded version? There was no mention of a key on the download page.

3) Can a w7 HP to Enterprise upgrade exist or would I have to do a clean install of the Enterprise using the upgrade image/disk?

Thanks.

Answer:Enterprise Upgrade version offered through work. Installation Question

As you are using Company software have a word with the Company IT Administrator.

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Described here. I have a problem with finishing work on "unknown device". For a moment, after installing from the DELL (www.dell.com/.../advanced) driver "ST Microelectronics Free Fall Sensor Driver ", file DRVR_WIN_R309372.EXE Device Manager has stopped showing that there is an" unknown device "in the configuration. After updating to "ST Microelectronics Free Fall Sensor Driver", the Chipset_Driver_RCHTX_WN_2.00.10.34_A11.EXE file, from the same DELL page, again appeared in the configuration unknown device.
I decided to remove the ST Microelectronics Free Fall Sensor Driver from the system via the Control Panel to install only DRVR_WIN_R309372.EXE. Unfortunately, the installation can not be resumed, the message "Found incompatible installation of, Version. Please uninstall it via Control Panel Add / Remove Programs before installing this version of Accelerometer". The problem is that Control Panel no longer shows this application. Suspecting that there were some traces left after the previous installation, I tried to remove them from the File Manager and also edited the registry. In the registry I searched for: "R309372", "RCHTX", "Microelectronics", "AccelerometerP11", "Freefall". I deleted the entries containing the above characters. I would be grateful for directional guidance on how to proceed further. I am using Windows 10 64 bit Dell Precision M4500.

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Hey guys, just a quick question...
I'm currently running Windows 7 RC (been doing so for a while)
However, I did not have another OS installed before putting on 7 (no XP or Vista, its a new computer)
I was wondering if I had to buy the full version of Windows 7 or only the Windows 7 Upgrade?

Thanks in advance,
Zhengn

Answer:Windows 7 RC to full version?

no just put the install disc in the drive and treat it as the full version i did it and had absolutely no problems

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Will the Windows 10 full version from the retail store only require the product key on the first installation to register the hardware device?

Answer:Windows 10 Full Version

The retail version will act just like any other version of Windows with its own product key.

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Woah, woah, I can't believe it, been having problems all morning with two of my Insider pcs, but I finally have the full version of Windows 10. I thought I was downloading 10240 over 10162, but it's the full version, I'm stoked.

Whoops might be a false alarm, it still says 10240 even though it was a different setup to my other 10240, and there aren't any updates in this one.

I'm confused.

Anyway, I'm still happy after spending many hours of crashes and restarts, that I've finally got 10240 or whatever on this machine.

Answer:I've got it Windows 10 Full Version

The release version is supposedly build 10240 with a different version number.

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After a ton of problems (pretty much all on my part) with the Windows 8 demo on my desktop, and a fully working demo on my laptop (hooray!) I've decided to break down and buy Windows 8. The problem is, my aforementioned problems on my desktop completely corrupted my OS. I had a friend confirm that if I buy windows 8 with the disc and put this into my desktop, it will install on my computer. The only problem is that I can't find a single place in the Microsoft store where to buy a full version of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. The only things I see are downloads/CD's of a Windows 8 Upgrade, and while I see  a full version on newegg, I'd rather get the software straight from Microsoft. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance.

Answer:Full version of Windows 8?

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/en_US/pd/ThemeID.27509700/Windows-8-Pro/productID.266514600

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