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"Rules" for Windows 7 Upgrades Verified

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Spartan Erik    150

http://hothardware.com/News/Rules-for-Wind...rades-Verified/

"Technophiles like ourselves who are also frugal have, in the past, purchased upgrade editions of Windows, and been able to do a clean, fresh install either by entering a prior valid license key or inserting a CD for the older software at install time. That went away with Vista, which required a hacky workaround, but now Microsoft is completely shutting down even that methodology, for Windows 7."

"...the only way to get a "relatively" clean install is to install an older OS (say Vista) cleanly, then install 7 on top of it. That will pretty much minimize any extra garbage on the system. An alternative, and perhaps even cleaner, would be to install the Windows 7 RC first. That requires a fresh install, anyway. Then you can install the Windows 7 release on top of the RC."

Sounds to me that we can no longer do clean installations from upgrade discs.. and also, I thought that you couldn't perform an upgrade from the RC to the final Windows 7 product?

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eDenE    0

the entire article[citation needed]

You should be able to do custom installation from Windows Vista as well.

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djf100    0
http://hothardware.com/News/Rules-for-Wind...rades-Verified/

"Technophiles like ourselves who are also frugal have, in the past, purchased upgrade editions of Windows, and been able to do a clean, fresh install either by entering a prior valid license key or inserting a CD for the older software at install time. That went away with Vista, which required a hacky workaround, but now Microsoft is completely shutting down even that methodology, for Windows 7."

"...the only way to get a "relatively" clean install is to install an older OS (say Vista) cleanly, then install 7 on top of it. That will pretty much minimize any extra garbage on the system. An alternative, and perhaps even cleaner, would be to install the Windows 7 RC first. That requires a fresh install, anyway. Then you can install the Windows 7 release on top of the RC."

Sounds to me that we can no longer do clean installations from upgrade discs.. and also, I thought that you couldn't perform an upgrade from the RC to the final Windows 7 product?

Instead of attempting a conclusion from 3rd partys, goto the MS site and read what they state.

http://www.microsoftstore.com/s/windows7?W...c&WT.srch=1

It clearly states that Vista, or even XP & win2000 users can purchase the Upgrade Disks, use for Clean Install.

-djf100

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