Windows 7 on top of....Windows 7???

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  1. Eric618

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    Hey guys,

    I tried to search for this, but came up empty...

    I just pre-ordered my copy of Windows 7 Pro Upgrade via Microsoft's fan-friggin-tastic $30 student discount. On my system I currently have a RTM build of 7. Can I do a full clean install with 7 currently on there, or will I have to throw my old licensed copy of Vista on there first? I really do NOT want to do that, as I have a SSD, and don't want to stress the drive with the multiple OS installs.

    Thanks much in advance!
     
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    mh..

    if you already have 7 installed, why do you wnat to reinstall it again?
     
  3. Eric618

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    Well, a few reasons... A, I want the completed retail version and not a beta version and also, the version I have stops working come 3/10, along with all other downloaded betas.
     
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    Windows 7 is cool, I like the virtual XP mobe which lets you run XP Pro on top of windows 7.
     
  5. d1rtdevil

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    you have the beta build not the RTM (final).

    as far as i know, you have to do a clean install from beta to final. meaning putting your vista in and then upgrade. i dont think you can a clean install to 7 with a upgrade key. i might be wrong, though.
     
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    No you cant do any full installs with upgrade keys. Yes I have the build 7600 final version. You will need a full install key to do a clean installation.
     
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    That's absolutely not true. You can do a clean or upgrade install with both full and upgrade media.

    The ONLY difference between full and upgrade media is that upgrade media checks for a copy of a previous Windows installation.
     
  8. Eric618

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    ...And will a previous beta 7 version count? That's my question.
     
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    A beta 7 version will NOT count. You'll need a copy of XP, Vista or Windows 7.
     
  10. Cobra03

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    From what I heard upgrade keys wont work with a clean install. Try it to see I might be wrong.
     
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