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Install/Upgrade questions

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Bettablue, May 30, 2010.

  1. Bettablue

    Bettablue Flightless Bird

    So, here is the question. I have a valid install of Windows 7 Professional
    along with my activation code. I downloaded 7 from the MS web site. My
    wife just bought a copy of Windows 7 Home premium upgrade. The package
    included 2 disks, one for 32 bit and the other in 64 bit. My understanding
    is that Microsoft wrote Windows 7 so that the code entered during install is
    what determines what version of Windows 7 you would end up with. Now here
    is the question. I usually do a clean install when things go really
    bonkers. if I need to reinstall Windows 7 Professional 64 bit for some
    reason, can I use the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade disk to do a fresh
    install without having to install XP or Vista first? I obviously don't want
    to install anything more than I absolutely have to.
     
  2. Alias

    Alias Flightless Bird

    Bettablue wrote:
    > So, here is the question. I have a valid install of Windows 7 Professional
    > along with my activation code. I downloaded 7 from the MS web site. My
    > wife just bought a copy of Windows 7 Home premium upgrade. The package
    > included 2 disks, one for 32 bit and the other in 64 bit. My understanding
    > is that Microsoft wrote Windows 7 so that the code entered during install is
    > what determines what version of Windows 7 you would end up with. Now here
    > is the question. I usually do a clean install when things go really
    > bonkers. if I need to reinstall Windows 7 Professional 64 bit for some
    > reason, can I use the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade disk to do a fresh
    > install without having to install XP or Vista first? I obviously don't want
    > to install anything more than I absolutely have to.
    >
    >
    >
    >


    Yes, but you gotta install it twice to fool it into thinking that the
    first install is what you're upgrading.

    --
    Alias
     
  3. Percival P. Cassidy

    Percival P. Cassidy Flightless Bird

    On 05/30/10 11:38 am, Bettablue wrote:

    > So, here is the question. I have a valid install of Windows 7 Professional
    > along with my activation code. I downloaded 7 from the MS web site. My
    > wife just bought a copy of Windows 7 Home premium upgrade. The package
    > included 2 disks, one for 32 bit and the other in 64 bit. My understanding
    > is that Microsoft wrote Windows 7 so that the code entered during install is
    > what determines what version of Windows 7 you would end up with. Now here
    > is the question. I usually do a clean install when things go really
    > bonkers. if I need to reinstall Windows 7 Professional 64 bit for some
    > reason, can I use the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade disk to do a fresh
    > install without having to install XP or Vista first? I obviously don't want
    > to install anything more than I absolutely have to.


    If I understood correctly what I read somewhere a day or two ago, the
    only difference between the various installation DVD versions is a small
    text file (whose name unfortunately escapes me) that tells the installer
    what version to install -- and if the file is missing, the installer
    asks you what version you want to install. Now obviously the activation
    code must match the version you install, but the activation code is not
    entered until after the installation of whichever version.

    So using your wife's Home Premium disc would give you Home Premium.
    However (again, if I have understood correctly what I read), if you made
    an ISO of that Home Premium disc, edited it to eliminate that little
    file, then burned it back to a DVD, it would ask you which version you
    want to install.

    Perce
     

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