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

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

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.

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

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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 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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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.
 

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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Which is the better option?

Answer:Upgrade version vs regular version

Hello Mitchball, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The full (regular) version will allow you to do a clean install easier and will not require you to have a qualifying current version of Vista like the upgrade version will. Otherwise they are the same version of Windows 7.

I like the full version better for ease of use and installation.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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There's a good chance that my computer will need major new parts and I'm afraid that it will not activate when fixes. I would like to use the operation system that I already configured to my liking. Can I buy a retail version of Windows 10 and just use that new key to re-activate my already installed OEM version and maintain its retail rating?

Answer:Using an OEM version and want to upgrade to a retail version

In which country are you located?

I am asking, because there are countries, e.g. n the European Union, in which hardware bundling is not allowed. Microsoft writes in their EULA that the software would be bundled anyway, obviously hoping that they could fool users or whatever, but this software in fact is not bundled and can be used on any other PC.

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I want the lastest version of Sony Vaio (model No. SVE14A16FGoH) drivers.What should I do?

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Hi,
I have just deleted @BIOS because I just read where it has no known benefit, I did this because my system is running is slow .

In Facebook the settings have altered so I cannot access the title part of frames to click on or the bottom of friends list to see the content,

Also the pages in general have this stupid advertising called Discovery that keeps coming up across the bottom of page

Also there is advertising that keeps coming up over the images of items for sale, this is adverting similar items
Can you please advise how best to get rid of this unwanted advertising and correct other issues please.
Thank you
 

Answer:Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2 OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7

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I have an HP Pavilion Laptop, Windows 7-64bit.
My WMP11 does the following:
1. It clones music titles...even in front of my eyes.
2. Music files disappear.
3. Titles are now assuming wrong names even though content remains.
4. My music files come from my Music Library. Those have not changed or cloned..

5. I deleted WMP11 and re-installed...but all the above errors returned.
6. My Library files are skewed. Music is mixed with Video and with Documents and all around. Why? I dunno.
7. My music library is around 25GB; but it changes with the losses mentioned in #2 above.
8. I tried RealPlayer but their format leaves a lot to be desired by me. Also, it keeps requiring Flashplayer and no matter how many time I download it, it asks for it again.
9. I am 80 years old, not very computer savvy and I'm blessed with Parkinsons. Music is my hobby.
10. HELP.....PLEASE!
 

Answer:Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2 OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7

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I have ugraded to version 1607 and I notice the restart time is 2.5 longer than version 1511. The boot time is about the same on both versions. I also did a clean install of version 1607 and the restart time was still about 2.5 times as long as version 1511.
What is going on with version 1607?

Answer:Why does Windows 10 Version 1607 take about 2.5 times as long to restart as Version 1511 does?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question I have ugraded to version 1607 and I notice the restart time is 2.5 longer than version 1511. The boot time is about the same on both versions. I also did a clean install of version 1607 and the restart time was still about 2.5 times as long as version 1511.
What is going on with version 1607? you've checked startup programs? Any that are on by default?
First days can be rough, give it time or wait for the next update patch to get things sorted
If you need additional help or have more questions or details to share, please join the site so you can reply in this thread. See this link for instructions on how to join Windows Central.

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I installed a Japanese version of windows 10 but then bought an English version and installed that after finding all the menus could not be changed to English during the install.
My question is does the English version overwrite the JP version or are files left on the SSD using up space?
Also in the end I returned the English version cause I found you can add a language pack to the JP version. The problem with this is that if you get a blue screen the Windows messages are in Japanese. So now unless I can change this I'm going to go back to an English version of Windows 10.
Thanks.

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Classics are much better lol.
I recently hated the New version of the facebook app in windows phone. Even though your making updates on the app itself, i hope you also have the uniqueness of the faceboook on windows phone

Answer:Is the older Facebook version like version 4.1 or version 4.2 possible to re-install?

I don't know about some of the older-yet-not-old versions,
But this might be something you'd appreciate:[XAP]Facebook 2.7 Metro UI | Windows Phone 8 Development and Hacking | XDA Forums

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Yesterday I upgraded one computer from windows 10 version 1607 to version 1703 (OS Build 15063.13) using the Microsoft Update Assistant.
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_10-windows_install/how-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-creators-update/74dbfd8a-d36b-4939-bc24-e99bf9374fe7
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3159635/windows-10-update-assistant
This is disk management on the computer that was upgraded using the Microsoft Update Assistant:

This computer was used to reproduce a Windows defender offline blue screen boot loop.  The troubleshooting menu on a windows 10 1607 iso did not have startup options with safe mode and command prompt to turn off windows driver verifier.  The partitions
on the SSD drive were deleted making the drive unallocated.  Then the windows 10 version 1607 was installed.  And as above it was upgraded to version 1703 yesterday without any problems.  The Windows defender offline incompatibility problem
with Windows driver verifier was tested with windows 10 version 1703 and the blue screen boot loop was fixed by Microsoft so that it is no longer occurs.
A second computer had the option via windows updates to get an early edition of 1703.
This update method was selected and this morning it displayed:
Something went wrong.
Error code 0xc1900200
This computer had Windows 10 version 1607 and also had a Windows defender offline blue screen boot loop.  It was fixed in a store.  There the... Read more

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Hi,
i just bought a TOSHIBA laptop in China & the windows came in chinese version. I would like to know the correct way to change it to English version as we cannot read in Chinese. My Windows Vista is Basic version & i would like to know will the change has any impact on laptop & will it void the warranty if anyone knows it....I am slow in this so pls guide me step by step. Thank a lot
regards, Peck Cheng

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I am using windows 7 64 bit and after reformattin my computer,i drag my files from my external hard disk into my laptop.the error stated make sure i am using 32 or 64 bit and i am using that.how do i solve this?

Answer:The version of this file is not compatible with the version of windows you are runnin

Hi Haruki92,

What files are you trying to transfer? Regular files (documents, photos etc) should be fine to just drag over. However some applications are not able to run in a 64-bit environment.

Please post exactly what you're transferring and a screenshot if possible.

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I have an RCA Cambio 2n1 Tablet running Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Edition). I have a program that I desperately need to run that is only offered for x64 systems. I understand that I have to do fresh install but I cant seem to find one on Microsoft's site. The windows Update Tool doesn't offer the version I need.

Answer:how can I get a version of windows 10 x64 version 1607 for an RCA Tablet 2n1?

Hi Welcome to Window Central! I'm sorry, but I have no idea what your trying to accomplish. Research shows me you are already running 64bit. If that is not the case, you would have to update your OS to a 64bit system. That is not a easy task. Here's link to WC "How to"! How to upgrade from a 32-bit to 64-bit version of Windows 10 | Windows Central
If you need more help, please join the forum!Join the Windows Central Community!

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I'm trying to install some applications on a Lenovo ideapad with windows 7 home premium, 64-bit, SP1. I'm getting the following error - "The version of this file is not compatible with the the version of windows you're running." I've installed all of these specific applications (e.g. RealPlayer, Logmein, Windows 2007 Compatibility Pck File Format Converter) and many other 32-bit apps on other Windows 7 64-bit machines, including 2 other Lenovo laptops with the exact same specs, purchased at the same time, with absolutely no issue.

I thought maybe it was some kind of virus so I reformattted the laptop and I'm still getting the same issue. It's VERY frustrating. I've searched everywhere and don't see any answers. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening or how to correct it?

Answer:Version of this file is not compatible with the the version of windows

What are you trying to install?

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Which version of .NET Framework is included in which version of Windows ?
Via MSIGeek.

Answer:Which version of .NET Framework is included in which version of Windows ?

Nice information, could be useful bookmarked this one

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I discovered to day that I had a "Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011" problem. I went to youtube to find step by step process to fix it. Found a video that recommended downloading combofix which i did. Now I cannot run files on my computer and get the following message "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running" I have a Toshiba with Windows 7 Please help Thank you Andrea

Answer:Version of this file not Compatible with version of Windows

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. Click the Watch This Topic button at the top on the right.

Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.

Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.Thanks

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I have a bunch of OS backups using ghost and I can use ghost explorer to view the image files. Unfortunately I didn't make details on what OS version was installed at the time, just dates the images were taken.

How can I find if these images were from Vista or Windows 7 by just looking at the contents of the image, without actually restoring the image?
 

Answer:How to identify Windows version by file version?

did you install IE8 on your Vista install?
otherwise it comes default with IE7, and Win7 comes with IE8.

so you could use the file version of iexplore.exe, if you left IE7 on the Vista install.

possibly bootmgr file might be different file versions.
 

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I am building a new system and have already purchased the upgrade version of W7 Home Premium. I am not planning on installing XP on it. I figured the upgrade version of W7 upon installation would ask me to place a qualifying product (XP) into the CD drive and verify that I already owned a qualifying product to upgrade from.

Does it do this or do I need to return the upgrade version and purchase the full version?

Thank you!
Jim
 

Answer:Windows XP to W7 upgrade version

You install the W7 upgrade while in windows XP, they have changed the upgrade routine.

But there is a workaround to use upgrade media to do a clean install. No need to buy full version.

http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/clean_install_upgrade_media.asp

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how to upgrade 32 bit into 64 bit version windows 8.1 ? I cannot run some apps on my 32 bit windows 8.1.

Answer:How do I upgrade to 32 bit into 64 bit version of Windows 8.1?

Reinstall the 64 bit version of Windows.

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I have an old PC that was running Win98SE. I had been having alot of problems with it so I thought I would reformat the hard drive and install XP. Having reformatted the HD using win98 boot disk I installed minimum possible 98 and then upgraded this with XP Upgrade disk. The result is a computer that seems fine until I want to connect to the internet. Once online my computer give me a countdown warning note and reboots after a few minutes! How can I get a stable OS back on my computer without paying out 160 for a full version of XP?

Answer:Windows XP Upgrade version

You have probably got Sasser or Blaster download the removal tools and put them on floppys then run them on the pc click here sasser click here blaster.

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Based on this topic here per Post#1:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/79852/how-to-perform-a-clean-vista-install-using-a-vista-upgrade-product-key/Can I do the same thing with Windows 7?Would this permit me to perform a clean install of 7 using Upgrade Media on a Hard Drive with no operating system installed?Note, that I own a genuine licensed copy of Vista, but want to wipe the drive clean and install 7 OUTSIDE of Windows (ie: booting from the DVD).I welcome your thoughts...

Answer:Windows 7 Upgrade Version

Not normally would you be able to clean install with an upgrade version but according to the article here: http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/pa...rk-exactly.aspx it says if you have a qualifying version of windows, you can use the upgrade version to clean install by selecting the custom install option.

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Just want to ask if it's possible to install the Windows 7 Upgrade Version on a computer with Vista Starter OS? Will it install if i just Upgrade it? Or do i need to install it in clean installation? Thanks

Answer:Windows 7 Upgrade Version

I'm pretty certain that it'll force you to perform a clean install, but even if it doesn't you should do it that way anyway. A clean install w/ backed up data is much better than a messy upgrade installation.

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Hi! In short, I have this problem. I upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 8 on my old hard disk, but now I bought a new shiny SSD and I want to do a fresh clean install there, because I have some problems that I think I can only resolve with a fresh installation. I thought it was simple, but... how do I do it? I don't have any ISO, because I did the installation with the program that Microsoft made me download (Upgrade assistant or something like that).
 

Answer:Install Windows 8 on a new SSD from an upgrade version

Read this.
 

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Hiya
I have windows 7 home premium. Unsure if it OEM or the retail version.
I want to upgrade it to windows 7 professional retail version.
The anytime upgrade does not work.
How do I do this so its genuine software?


just to be clear.
I AM NOT LOOKING TO UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10

Answer:Upgrade to 'higher version' of windows 7

Anytime Upgrade has been history for a long time.

Why do you want to upgrade to Windows Pro retail when oem is the same thing ?

What do you need in Pro ? Do you plan to add more memory ?

You will not find Retail anywhere, and you don`t need it, oem is the same exact thing, the only difference with retail is that you get 365 days of support from Microsoft, and you don`t need that.

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems - Newegg.com

Right here in Computer Properties it tells you if it`s it`s oem or not.

If you didn`t install it then it`s most likely oem.

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Quote:
Microsoft released the final version of Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor today. This is a essential utility that can help you prepare for a smooth upgrade to Windows 7. Brief Description

Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC is ready for Windows 7. It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.
Overview

Before you begin: Be sure to plug in and turn on any USB devices or other devices, such as printers, external hard disks, and scanners, that you regularly use with the PC you're checking.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC for potential compatibility issues and lets you know about your Windows 7 upgrade options. Within minutes, you'll get a report that tells you if your PC meets the system requirements, if any known compatibility issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs are found, and gives guidance on what to do to before installing Windows 7 on your PC.
You can download it here


more

Answer:Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor version 2

Great find, I'll add it to the Installation reference list

Thanks

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Windows 10 version 1511 upgrade not available to me via window updates. Says no updates available but still version Build 10240
I possibly declined the upgrade initially as I was away and on metered data.

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Scenario: Bought Win10 Home OEM for new computer build. Installed it and all of my requisite 3rd party software. Then find out that Home 10 does not allow RDP connections. Buy 10 Pro OEM for $128 (rather than pay $99 for an upgrade through the Windows store so I have a copy of Home on hand which you know will come in handy some day).

Try to put in the new product key to do the upgrade. Get error 0xC004F050.

Call Microsoft and find out that I need to do a clean install to get Windows 10 Pro. I forgot to ask if the problem was the original Home OEM or the new Pro OEM or the combination.

In the off chance that I could save some time, I tried to do un upgrade from the setup.exe on the disk. The options for keeping the existing files and programs were grayed out - only the clean install option was available. And it said it was going to do a clean install of Window 10 Home, rather than Pro, even though the disk was a Pro disk. Weird.

I found no mention of this anywhere on the web so I am mentioning it here and a couple of other places to maybe save someone else some grief.

- Brad

Answer:Can't upgrade to an OEM version of Windows 10 Pro with product key

Originally Posted by bradlymathews


Scenario: Bought Win10 Home OEM for new computer build. Installed it and all of my requisite 3rd party software. Then find out that Home 10 does not allow RDP connections. Buy 10 Pro OEM for $128 (rather than pay $99 for an upgrade through the Windows store so I have a copy of Home on hand which you know will come in handy some day).

Try to put in the new product key to do the upgrade. Get error 0xC004F050.

Call Microsoft and find out that I need to do a clean install to get Windows 10 Pro. I forgot to ask if the problem was the original Home OEM or the new Pro OEM or the combination.

In the off chance that I could save some time, I tried to do un upgrade from the setup.exe on the disk. The options for keeping the existing files and programs were grayed out - only the clean install option was available. And it said it was going to do a clean install of Window 10 Home, rather than Pro, even though the disk was a Pro disk. Weird.

I found no mention of this anywhere on the web so I am mentioning it here and a couple of other places to maybe save someone else some grief.

- Brad



Hi.
Have you tried this?
Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro - Windows 10 Forums

It may work .






To upgrade from Windows 10 Home if you have a Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack product key, enter the default product k... Read more

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Sorry if this is in the wrong section or a similar question has been asked before. My Desktop is Windows 7 Pro, (which I am used to), and I wondered can someone point me in the right direction please

I am getting, (hope) a new HP laptop for Xmas with OEM version of Windows 8. In case I wish to upgrade the hardware at a later date I intend buying a retail version of 8.1. My question is:- Is there anything I should watch out for when and if I can upgrade to 8.1.

Appreciate any/all assistance

btw, Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all members.

Answer:OEM version of Windows 8, want to upgrade with retail 8.1

Windows 8.1 upgrade reboots to black screen of 'nothingness'. - OUC1TOO - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Error 0xC1900101 ? 0x40017 when installing Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Community








Originally Posted by Microsoft Forum Moderator


Error 0xC1900101 – 0x40017 when installing Windows 8.1


Hello,

We understand that many customers are receiving error 0xC1900101 – 0x40017 when installing Windows 8.1. This error is typically caused by an incompatible driver.



If you are receiving this error:
1.
First, please double-check the error code. There are many variations of error 0xC1900101, each with a different location code -- the error extension, located after the dash. The information in this thread is intended only for location code 0x40017. If you are receiving a different location code, these steps are unlikely to resolve your issue.

2.
Check that you’ve already updated all of your drivers. In particular, if you have an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card, make sure you’ve installed the latest Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers


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Check that you do not have any Frequently Asked Questions - What devices are supported by the SteelSeries Engine? that support the SteelSeries Engine installed on your PC. The SteelSeries Engine software is currently not supported on Windows 8.1. Please uninstall the software before attempting to update to Windows 8.1



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Hello fellow members, Just contacted MS regarding my Question about what Version of Windows 10 everyone will be getting from their "Free Upgrade".
I chatted with a lady on MS site : here is our chat history
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Ying M
You:
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Hello
Ying M:
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Thank you for contacting Microsoft Answer Desk. My name is Ying M. What can I help you with today?
Hi, how may I help you with your windows today?
You:
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I was wondering what version of windows will i be getting if i upgrade it to Windows 10 free upgrade given by MS ?
Ying M:
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Thank you so much for sharing your concern with me.
May I know what is the version of windows are you using?
You:
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right now im using 7
Ying M:
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I see.. you will be receiving the free upgrade to windows 10 if you are using windows 7, 8 and 8.1
You:
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ok. But what version ? i see MS has HOME and Pro. what free version am i getting ?
Ying M:
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you will be able to download windows 10 technical preview.
You:
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ok thanks.
Ying M:
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Your welcome.
Thank you. Don't hesitate to come back and chat with an Answer Tech if you need help again.
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What a stupid answer for a Good Question.
Again i chatted with a Guy on MS..here is our chat history..
Kevin L:
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How are you doing today Allan?
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Answer:Windows 10 Version Free upgrade

Lmao they didn't have the slightest idea what you were talking about. "You'll get the TP" xD

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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 purchased a Windows seven OEM cd from Amazon to upgrade from vista. I'm now wanting to upgrade to ten and the installation using a usb stick gets to the screen where it asks for a product key. The OEM disk doesn't have one.
the install apparently will not proceed.

Is is there a workaround?

Answer:Is 7 pro OEM version eligible for upgrade to Windows 10?

Just a clarification needed to address your question, lbeck. Are you booting from install USB intending a clean install or just running the setup.exe in the root of the USB to perform the upgrade per se? If only upgrading, you need to make sure your USB has precise edition of Win10 needed to upgrade from your Win7 edition.

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vie 360I purchaed LaVie 360.  It came with Windows 8.1 Pro.  I know this becuase I checked the version and implemented bitlocker during the set up process so i could register with our active synch server.  After I upgraded to Windows 10 two weekwindowa 10 Pro from a MS server.   Did anyone else experience this issue? 

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Hi Guys

The moment I found that my Processor was a 64 Bit (It says 64 based processor in Systems) ('is that the same thing')

I thought I had screwed up 'Big Time' by putting on a Copy of Windows 7 32 Bit instead of 64 Bit. (But maybe not?)

As first I need to Clarify that my Copy of Windows 7 is an UPGRADE with both disks included for 32 Bit and 64 Bit.

Owing to some Horror Stories of Windows 7 being incompatible with some Software, I never Installed Windows 7 which has been stuck in the drawer for years and continued to use XP Pro. Which is 32 Bit

But with the arrival of Windows 10, I had to put Windows 7 on top of XP Pro in order to Upgrade it to Windows 10.

So as I was running XP Pro 32 Bit, I put on the Upgrade Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit.

After which I then Burned a Compatible ISO DVD of Windows 10 and then Upgraded from Windows 7 32 Bit to Windows 10 32 Bit.

After becoming Familiar ish! with most of the 'Bells and Whistles' To day I thought that I would do a Clean Install of Windows 10.

But prompted by one of the Forum Members, I went and checked my System to see what I was running and what my Processor was, which was when I discovered that my Processor was capable of running 64 Bit.

And so I performed an 'experiment' on one of my old hard drives (in this computer) by first putting on XP Pro 32 Bit and then trying to put a Copy of Windows 7 64 Bit.

In other words try to Upgrade XP Pro 32 Bit to Windows 7 64 Bit.

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Answer:Installing an Upgrade Version of Windows 7 64 bit over XP 32 bit

You can upgrade XP Pro 32-bit to Windows 7 Pro 32-bit(you don't need XP installed) and then do the free upgrade from Windows 7 Pro 32-bit to Windows 10 Pro 32-bit. Make sure each OS is activated before going to the next step. If you want to use the 64-bit version of 10, you can now do a refresh reinstall of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit by booting from the install DVD/USB flash drive you made with the Media Creation Tool. Make sure 10 is activated after the reinstall.

Using the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Pro should also work, but I'd do a clean install of 10 Pro 64-bit either way. It's not clear from your post what you have. Do you have both an upgrade version of Windows 7 32-bit and an OEM version of Windows 7 64-bit? If so you're better off upgrading the upgrade version of 7 to 10 because you'll be under Retail licensing for 10 rather than OEM licensing. Retail licensing will allow you to move your copy of Windows 10 to another computer. OEM is tied to the machine forever.

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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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Win 7 is already installed but I want to reinstall to bring the registry to it's original value but when I put the CD into the drive after inspection it tells me your version is newer and cannot reinstall?How to bypass this situation.Thanks

Answer:how to reinstall windows 7 upgrade version

You must have SP1 installed. You could try removing SP1 from Control panel> Programs and features. Or you can slipstream SP1 into your Windows 7 files and burn a new DVDR. The link below shows how to slipstream the SPack. It seems there are limitations and drawbacks to this process so I suggest you just remove SP1 and any updates to Windows 7. You should then be able to install from your disk. Perform all those operations while disconnected from the internet to limit exposure to any threats that are addressed by the updates/SP1.http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...I would have been helpful if you had provided specs on your system as requested when posting here.

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I'm building 2 PC's next week along with wanting to upgrade the OS in my laptop. My Dell laptop has Vista 32 bit, one of the computers has XP Home Edition and the other has Vista Home Premium 32 bit. I'm wanting to wipe the HDD's on both computers, but one of my sister lost their cd key. Seeing as the family 3 pack is an upgrade edition, would I still be able to do that since I don't have the cd key for the Vista Home Premium computer? Could I just install Vista on it without activating it and then put Windows 7 over it or would it still ask me to activate with W7?

I could always just clean up the HDD with Vista Home Premium if I can't, but my sister's said they rather have everything off it like it was a new computer.
 

Answer:Question about Windows 7 upgrade version

Your could use a program called Magic Jelly Bean and recover the COD and then you'd be ok.
 

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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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Hey all, just want to note my experience with installing the Upgrade version of Windows 7.

Had Vista Ultimate installed and wanted to do a true clean install for Windows 7. Have no problem giving up my Vista license for W7.

Booted the install disk from Vista and proceeded with the Windows 7 upgrade. As it installed, I pondered why it never asked me to re-format my partition, even though I choose "custom" rather than "upgrade" at the install menu.

Plugged in my Key and successfully activated my Windows 7.

Upon using W7, I noticed that some of my previous file folders were still there, for example, my "Fraps" and "Ati" folders were still under My Computer.

Figured this was because I could never partion and re-format my drive, turns out you have to boot your computer from the disk rather than windows in order to get the "advanced drive options" under the W7 setup, which allows you to re-format your hard drive.

Said, OK , I'll just do it that way. Proceeded by booting to my disk, and installed W7 that way. Now my Windows Key is no longer valid.
Therefore, is there a true way to do a re-format and install from the Upgrade disk.
 

Answer:My Windows 7 upgrade version experience

I just posted my experiences with the install, please see my post here, which hopefully gives good instructions on how to do exactly what you need: (You can ignore the ghost stuff, you don't need to do that.)

http://www.hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1034805514&postcount=96
 

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Since one has to do a fresh reformat, how will 7 recognize that you're upgrading? Does the installer ask for your previous XP key? I'd assume this is how it works....
 

Answer:Will the Upgrade version of Windows 7 work with XP?

The way it has been described is you run the upgrade app in XP and it informs you of what your options are, which are pretty much limited to multi boot or replacing XP completely with fresh install of win7 as I understand it.

If you have upgrade media only don't erase the hard drive first, they say win7 needs to see your activated XP first to be assured you are a legit upgrader.

Still somewhat up in the air as this is coming from a couple sources, which may or may not be in the know. I think for a definite answer we have to wait till the 22nd when the upgrade media starts showing up. Unless there is illegal activities going on no one legitimately has upgrade disks at the moment.
 

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Hello All,

I have a new PC and I am in the process of transferring all of my files from my old PC to the new PC. I have a retail version of the Windows 7 64 bit software and it is an Upgrade version. I downloaded Windows 7, SP1 with the help of one of the tutorials from this forum and I used that version to install Windows 7 on the new PC vs the CD that came with my upgrade version. Windows has installed sucessfully on the new PC. I did not connect the PC to the Internet and I did try to enter the retail key from my upgrade copy but Windows would not accept it. I then downloaded the file in option 3 from this tutorial. I was able to get to the point where Windows wanted to connect to the Internet to verify my activation but I did not connect my new PC to the internet as I wanted to ask some questions.

1. Once I activate Windows 7 on my new PC, will that immediately invalidate the copy on my old PC?
2. As I said, I have a retail Windows Upgrade CD but I used a version of Windows that I downloaded which had SP1 on it. I did this so I would have the latest version of Windows.
3. If the answer to #2 is it will not work, should I install from my retail CD?
4. Am I missing anything?

Thanks, Bill

Answer:Using Windows 7 Upgrade Retail Version on new PC

Hello Bill,

What will most likely happen is that you may have to activate by phone on the new computer if doesn't do so online since that key number has been activated on the old computer.

Once activated on the new computer, it will eventually no longer be activated or genuine on the old computer. As long as you format the old computer when finished transferring what you wanted to the new computer, you'll be fine and acting within the EULA.

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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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I have bought a T61 and expect to receive this week.  It has 2gb ram installed and a 100gb HD.  I believe Lenovo supported up to 4gb?  Has anyone put in 8gb?  Also can this model run 64bit Windows 7?  Finally thinking up the road putting in larger hard drive.  As long as I pick a 9.5mm size, any restrictions as to what types of drives it will accept?













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Answer:Upgrade questions on T61 and what version of Windows 7?

Welcome to the forum!
 
T61 will take 8GB RAM, I've done it more times than I'd dare count. It is quite an expensive enterprise nowadays, though, so you may want to go with 4GB (2x2GB) instead...unless you're intent on running VMs and RAM-hungry applications.
 
It will also run a 64-bit version of *any* OS.
 
As for the hard drives/SSDs, as long as it's the correct size (9.5mm/2.5") and type (SATA) you'll be fine.
 
Happy upgrading.

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I purchased a Windows seven OEM cd from Amazon to upgrade from vista. I'm now wanting to upgrade to ten and the installation using a usb stick gets to the screen where it asks for a product key. The OEM disk doesn't have one.
the install apparently will not proceed.

Is is there a workaround?

Answer:Is 7 pro OEM version eligible for upgrade to Windows 10?

Just a clarification needed to address your question, lbeck. Are you booting from install USB intending a clean install or just running the setup.exe in the root of the USB to perform the upgrade per se? If only upgrading, you need to make sure your USB has precise edition of Win10 needed to upgrade from your Win7 edition.

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Scenario: Bought Win10 Home OEM for new computer build. Installed it and all of my requisite 3rd party software. Then find out that Home 10 does not allow RDP connections. Buy 10 Pro OEM for $128 (rather than pay $99 for an upgrade through the Windows store so I have a copy of Home on hand which you know will come in handy some day).

Try to put in the new product key to do the upgrade. Get error 0xC004F050.

Call Microsoft and find out that I need to do a clean install to get Windows 10 Pro. I forgot to ask if the problem was the original Home OEM or the new Pro OEM or the combination.

In the off chance that I could save some time, I tried to do un upgrade from the setup.exe on the disk. The options for keeping the existing files and programs were grayed out - only the clean install option was available. And it said it was going to do a clean install of Window 10 Home, rather than Pro, even though the disk was a Pro disk. Weird.

I found no mention of this anywhere on the web so I am mentioning it here and a couple of other places to maybe save someone else some grief.

- Brad

Answer:Can't upgrade to an OEM version of Windows 10 Pro with product key

bradlymathews said:

Scenario: Bought Win10 Home OEM for new computer build. Installed it and all of my requisite 3rd party software. Then find out that Home 10 does not allow RDP connections. Buy 10 Pro OEM for $128 (rather than pay $99 for an upgrade through the Windows store so I have a copy of Home on hand which you know will come in handy some day).

Try to put in the new product key to do the upgrade. Get error 0xC004F050.

Call Microsoft and find out that I need to do a clean install to get Windows 10 Pro. I forgot to ask if the problem was the original Home OEM or the new Pro OEM or the combination.

In the off chance that I could save some time, I tried to do un upgrade from the setup.exe on the disk. The options for keeping the existing files and programs were grayed out - only the clean install option was available. And it said it was going to do a clean install of Window 10 Home, rather than Pro, even though the disk was a Pro disk. Weird.

I found no mention of this anywhere on the web so I am mentioning it here and a couple of other places to maybe save someone else some grief.

- Brad



Hi.
Have you tried this?
Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro - Windows 10 Forums

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To upgrade from Windows 10 Home if you have a Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack product key, enter the default product key below. It will up... Read more

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Hi, I upgraded my windows to the latest version 1703 os build 15063.14 and after that windows can't boot normally. I've tried so many options to let it work but none worked. It always end up in a black screen. Please any best solution.???????

Answer:Windows 10 latest version 2017 upgrade

You can download an ISO file here: http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=BNsvxcZV which can be used to create a bootable disk or memory stick. For an automated version download the Windows 10 Media Creation tool here: http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=MWQSbC77 which you can use to create installation media.
Obviously, you'll need to make the installation media on a computer that boots.

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My computer has been running the Upgrade version of Windows 7 (from Vista) for two or three years. I want to perform a repair install, but wonder whether it would be possible from a new, current Windows 7 disk.

I have kept up with the updates. Can anyone offer advice?

Harry

Answer:How to repair install on Upgrade Version of Windows 7

Quote:
it would be possible from a new, current Windows 7 disk.


If you mean from Windows 7 HP with sp1, Yes.

Repair Install

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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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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!
The "Free" upgrade is not very success, so I think Toshiba may be release a downloadble version of Ugrade DVDs, which can be downloaded from a secure site after Serial Number validation.

Answer:Windows 7 Toshiba Upgrade DVD Downloadable Version

Hi Szaby59,

can you tell me the download link?

win7upgrader

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So my computer tried to install new upgrade of Win10 but failed with missing file error. Now it tries to restore the old version but it doesn't. It always says "Restorin your previous version of Windows" and after couple of minutes restarts and thr same message again... Dit tgis like 20 times in a row. How do I get my Windows work again?

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I just to know the price of the upgrade version of Win. 7 for vista.

Answer:The Price of the upgrade version of Windows 7 for Vista

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/compare

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Currently I have a non retail version of windows 7 that a friend gave me to install that he gets from his engineering dept. I'm assuming msdn. It activates fine and I have the key. Now I'm wanting to get windows 8.1 so I need to upgrade to windows 8 first. Can I just buy a windows 8
Pro upgrade or will it not work with the msdn key forcing me to buy a full windows 8 oem?
 

Answer:Can i upgrade my academic engineering version of windows?

MSDNAA copies are considered (as far as the key is concerned) full retail boxed copies. They can be transferred to a new computer (assuming it's deleted off the old computer first) and of course, used to upgrade.
 

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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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I have upgraded from windows 7 to Windows 10 Pro first build. I am now trying to upgrade from this build to Windows 10 pro Version 1511. But each time the upgrade hangs at 64% and 77 % (Installing features and drivers). I then get a liuttle screen reading "Microsoft Visual C++ runtime library error . C/Windows/BT-Source/Setupplatform.exe.Once I click ok the upgrade stopes and my previous versionof Windows 10 is restored.I have tried all kinds of solution including unintalling my AV, Intel Video Card.  I have even followed the advice of performing the upgrade using the Media Creation Too, or via a USB, all to no avail. .  Please is there anyone who can help me with the solution so I can upogared to the latest version?  

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Hi,
I am using a C50-A-157 lap top running windows 10 and cannot up grade to August Windows 10 version the upgrade wizard is telling me my display is not compatible can anybody advise.
Regards,

FoxyP48

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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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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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Friends Gateway PC had motherboard failure. Replaced it with an aftermarket MSI mobo now the machine works great.

However I cannot get recovery discs from Gateway anymore, and I cannot access the recovery partition on the hard drive. According to Gateway support my only options are to purchase a new OS.

Will windows 7 upgrade work in this situation?

Another question: According to gateway the machine is no longer a "gateway" because the motherboard is what defines it as a Gateway PC. Since it is no longer a "gateway" can I purchase an OEM version of Windows 7 for this machine?

Thanks very much in advance.

ACM.

Answer:Will a Windows 7 Upgrade version work in this scenario

Try install from Sources folder, setup.exe

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I have the Above and wants to Upgrade my PC to a Newer version.Always gets errror messages.What specific mus I download.Also gets message that I must upgrde to Internet Explorer 8,cannot cause I must have SP 2 or3.Whats the easiest steps that I can follow?Thanking you

Answer:How to upgrade Windows Xp Professional Version 2002

All windows SPs can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com/downloads.Then run RUN after downloads.Thanks.

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So my computer tried to install new upgrade of Win10 but failed with missing file error. Now it tries to restore the old version but it doesn't. It always says "Restorin your previous version of Windows" and after couple of minutes restarts and thr same message again... Dit tgis like 20 times in a row. How do I get my Windows work again?

Answer:Windows 10 failed to upgrade and not restoring old version

Hi, you could possibly try booting from a Win 10 install medium, navigating thru Repair, Troubleshooting to 'Go back to the previous build'

I don't think there's been much luck with this.

I'm guessing you haven't been using disk imaging
(highly recommended here so you can restore your PC to a previous working state from compressed copies of your disk/partitions without technical help).

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I got the Win 8 pro upgrade and since I am getting a nice refund for taxes I am buying an new motherboard cpu and ram.

What I would like to know is am I still going to be able to use the Upgrade on the new hardware? I can install win 7 first then do an upgrade if need be. Will I have to do something with the activation or what?

I am unsure of what is going to be required of me. Am I still legal with the upgrade install or will I have to buy an oem or retail?

Answer:Windows 8 upgrade version install on new hardware.

Hello Sparker,

As long as you no longer use the Windows 7 product key while the Windows 8 is installed, then you'll be good to go to do a clean install with the upgrade copy.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

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Hi all,

I have an account at a local computer shop that has windows 8 pro 64 bit upgrade DVD version for 60E. Since I have some money left on that account, i was thinking of buying the retail DVD of windows 8 pro upgrade instead of using the online procedure with the 40$.

My concern is the following:
The Retail Upgrade Windows 8 PRO UPGRADE DVD package is in my local language version and not the English language version I would prefer. Its NOT the version 3UR-00022 (ref. to English)

So, the question is... Can I use the product key number found inside the non-English version DVD box of Windows 8 upgrade pro, to download and activate the english version of windows 8 pro uprgrade OR each key is also related to the default language to be initially installed in my system?

Looking forward to your help...

Answer:Windows 8 Pro Upgrade ONLINE vs DVD version and Language!

Once Win8 is installed, you can install any of the language packs, and works in whichever language you like.

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Today (21/04/07) I recieved my copy of Windows Vista, after 8 Weeks of waiting. The installation went along with no issues what so ever.

But now, all of the programmes that came with my A100 originally, have gone. These include MS Office OneNote and all of my WLAN Management and Power management applications.

Does anyone have any advice on this? :)

Answer:I have installed my upgrade version of Windows vista

OneNote was a trial version, or not? So it is useless anyway. WLAN Management is not available right now, intel is going to fix this in summer. You have to use the Vista-WLAN-Client to manage the networks. PowerManagement is integrated into the Vista-Controlpanel. It is not a separate program now. You have to download the utilities from toshiba and then it is inside the windows energy-saving settings.

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I need to repair my computer because it hangs and does not boot up. I've tried almost everything. I don't have a repair CD from my vendor, so I have to buy windows XP. I don't want to spend the amount of money on the full version if I don't have to, though. So does the upgrade version, which is half the price, have the repair option? Thank you!

Answer:Does the Windows XP UPGRADE version have the repair option?

Yes it does . . but you would probably be better off buying an OEM version that matches the version on your pc

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So my computer tried to install new upgrade of Win10 but failed with missing file error. Now it tries to restore the old version but it doesn't. It always says "Restorin your previous version of Windows" and after couple of minutes restarts and thr same message again... Dit tgis like 20 times in a row. How do I get my Windows work again?

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Sorry previous post left out the word UPGRADE.
Can you dual boot Windows 8 using the UPGRADE version.? Some sources say yes and others no! Obviously one of them is correct but WHOM.? Must you have the full OEM/full version in order to dual boot?

Answer:Dual boot Windows 8 from UPGRADE version.??

Hi robwin I have used the upgrade version (both Windows 8 Pro Versions) and have been able to dual boot (with Windows 7) my desktop and laptop

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I got this today a newer version what.

Lets see how many things break better save a backup copy.

It's a windows 10 update.
 

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I recently wiped all of my three hard drives clean, including my OS harddrive, by formatting them. I did this through the Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade disk and then I proceeded to do a clean installation of Windows Vista with the disk. With my current OS disk, the only option I have is to do a clean install because I'm not upgrading my OS from a previous OS. The problem I am having is that I cannot activate my Windows copy, which I have 29 days to do, because of the fact that the Vista OS disk I have is ONLY for UPGRADES. I don't have any Windows XP copy to install so there is no way I can upgrade back to Vista. To summarize this, I need some way to downgrade my OS so I can then upgrade to Vista through the Upgrade disk, which is currently my ONLY OS disk. If anyone has any suggestions or solutions, they would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Windows Vista Upgrade Version Issue

Joe, you're out of luck! You need to re-install Windows XP and then run your Windows Vista upgrade. If you still have a product key for Windows XP, you're OK, an independent computer will loan or give a copy of that version of Windows XP. It's illegal for them to give you a copy with purchasing a product key but they can without a product key.

BTW, why are you upgrading to Vista? I'd advise against it unless you actually need Vista for something. I also don't like Windows upgrade installations. Too much hassle when something goes wrong.

-- Andy
 

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can i upgrade to windows 8.1 enterprise from 90 day evaluation version? as our company has volume license key for win 8.1 enterprise purchased

Answer:can i upgrade to windows 8.1 enterprise from 90 day evaluation version

No, you cannot upgrade from the Windows 8.1 Enterprise 90 Day Evaluation to a full version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise. The excerpt from the
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 90 Day Evaluation page states under Activation and Usage Guidance:

Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your test computer and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise. A clean installation
is required.

Brandon
Windows Outreach Team- IT Pro
The Springboard Series on TechNet

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Hi Guys,
I'm after purchasing the downloadable upgrade version of Windows 7 Home Premium, but when I clicked on my downloads folder to install it, it wouldn't open. I downloaded this version last month on to my laptop without any real problems. My PC is a Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo L with Windows Vista SP 2 installed on it. Can anyone help?
 

Answer:Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Version

Can you be more specific as to what you purchased and downloaded and what exactly happens when you try to open or run something?
 

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Upgrade to Windows 10 Home, version 1511, 10586 will not download and install. However the updater keeps telling me it is ready for installation, then is decides on it's own to restart any damn time it wants to. For a while, I had control over this. Then, like a dummy, I decided to see if there were any updates. MS snuck a piece of software in during the look see, and now it's back to doing what it wants. I'm developing an irrational hatred for Windows 10

I would like to know how I can take absolute control of my Windows Updater. Furthermore, I'd like to force this update to download and control whether it is installed or not. I don't seem to be able to get any information on it. Is it even necessary?

If someone can help I would really appreciate it. TIA andythebeagle

Answer:Upgrade to Windows 10 Home, version 1511, 10586

Download iso, double click on it and run setup.exe.

Windows 10

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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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Keep repeating on the update and won't update it...

Any solution?

Answer:Problem Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586

Hi ElmoElbadry, welcome to Ten Forums. You can use upgrade from an iso. This is from the tutorial forum. Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums .

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I aquired a PC a while back from Amazon which came with a trial version of Win7 in German preinstalled (I installed a full version of Win7 onto it so I did not encounter this problem). The question is if someone wanted to upgrade the trial version to a full version would you be offered the choice of changing the language?
 

Answer:Windows 7 trial version upgrade and language change?

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I was running Windows 10 Version 1511 on two of my PC?s without any problems. However, when I upgraded both PC?s to the Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703, I found I could no longer connect to the internet.

On the one PC, the following error message appears repeatedly: ?The modem (or other connecting device) is already in use or is not configured properly?.

And on the other PC, this message also appears repeatedly : ?After 1 minute automate to connect to the internet?.

What could be the problem? Has anyone on this Forum a solution? Online there are hundreds of posts with the same problem and I have tried everything suggested on the various forums but in vain.

Answer:No internet connection after upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1703

Welcome to the forum. Are there any yellow triangles in device manager? Open a CMD prompt type

Ipconfig /all

Post results

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So, I used to do a lot of work with Windows 7 deployments. I'd use a VM to make a vanilla install and then use DISM to capture the updated WIM. The updated WIM would only be updated with whatever the latest security updates were to that point. Years ago, in Server 2000, you'd slipstream Service Packs as needed. Those days are missed because it was easy to get a large sum of updates into an OS and ready for deployment but the tools used for deployments are much better these days. However, while MS seems to have taken several steps to make deployments easier, getting the OS fully updated seems to be much harder than it used to be; there are no more Service Packs... You can't slipstream updates into the OS like you used to. So, my question is this: How does one bring a system up to date quickly? Can a series of cumulative updates be installed - in a certain order - to get the OS up to date? With a system already in place but isolated (no web access or access to WSUS), how does one update the system to take advantage of the later builds and their improvements/features? Again, there are no Service Packs...

I know it seems like a strange question and a strange scenario. After all, who has a system that can't reach the update servers? However, standalone systems do still exist - even against my recommendations - and, they should be not be left out when MS releases updates, fixes & new features.

Answer:Quickest/Easiest way to upgrade Windows 10 to the latest version

I've worked with a few new computers that came with the original RTM build of 10240. I Upgraded them first to Version 1511 then to Version 1607 Build 14393.0. Then the latest build version was installed which appeared to include everything since 14393.0 to get it to 14393.693 which apparently included all the updates since 14393.0. Or maybe it all happened so fast I did see the entire process! With Microsoft, Nah, never happens.

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It is taking too long to update that new version. Can someone knows ISO or something, so I can download the offline update - Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586

Answer:Where can i download - Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511 update?

Windows 10

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It is taking too long to update that new version. Can someone knows ISO or something, so I can download the offline update - Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586

Answer:Where can i download - Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511 update?

Windows 10

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I took advantage of the Windows 7 student offers to buy either Home Premium or Professional editions at a reduced price ($30 or 30 depending on country) but one thing that isn't clear is stopping me from using it yet. I know they are labelled as Upgrade editions but as I've never used a version like that it's confusing me a little.

Are Upgrade versions classed as OEM or Retail products? I ask because my desktop is still clunking along happily right now but I'll be upgrading it at some point in the future and I like to build my own systems. If it's classed as OEM then the key would be tied to my old computer but if it's Retail it'd be free to use to upgrade any legtitimate Windows install in the future.
 

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 Professional Upgrade version - OEM or Retail?

Are Upgrade versions classed as OEM or Retail productsClick to expand...

They can be either one.

Not sure what that student version is, I doubt it is OEM.
 

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