larrens
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Win7 upgrade dvd - can i do a clean install

Can someone help me, when I call Dell I get told many different things

My PC has Vista Home Premium installed.

Today I received "Windows 7 Upgrade Option" & an "Upgrade Assistant" DVDs

Is this an upgrade version or a full version, given its call "option".

I want to do a clean install & ideally reformat my drive rather than install over Vista - can I do it with this version & simply boot off the DVD & do a full install.

Some websites seem to indicate you can do a clean install through an upgrade DVD, but there seems to be a difference in reformatting & doing a new clean install.

Not sure if there is a difference.

Dell are saying if my OS got corrupted & I had to reformat, I would need to 1st format & install Vista, then put the upgrade Win7 DVD in?

Can someone who has done this please let me know what my options are here?

Thanks

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jsktx
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Re: Win7 upgrade dvd - can i do a clean install

Even with an upgrade version you can do a clean install.  When you boot the Windows 7 Upgrade DVD you are given two options; Upgrade or Custom.  Selecting Custom will allow you to format the drive and do a clean install.  That's exactly what I did.  Sorry don't know anything about the Upgrade Assistant from Dell.

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Re: Win7 upgrade dvd - can i do a clean install

larrens,

Thank you for contacting the Dell Community Forums.  The Windows 7 disc you received as part of your kit comes with an upgrade product key.  This key typically will not work unless you run the install from within a previous, compatible operating system, so if you tried to do a clean install from that disc onto a blank hard drive, you would probably get a message saying the key was invalid.  In the past, Microsoft allowed users to insert a previous OS CD to confirm that they had a qualifying operating system, but starting with Windows Vista they changed the process and now the option to confirm compliance by inserting a CD from a previous OS is no longer available.  You may want to take a look at this forum thread to see what your options are if you decide to try a clean install from upgrade media on a blank drive.

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larrens
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Re: Win7 upgrade dvd - can i do a clean install

Thanks for the forum threda - so reading that it seems that as long as I do a "Custom install" from the Win7 DVD & format it through this process I will be ok & it will work?

 

Is my understanding here correct?

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jsktx
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Re: Win7 upgrade dvd - can i do a clean install

Yes that is correct, but like Chris' thread indicates an existing eligible OS must be present for the upgrade to continue.

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Davet50
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Re: Win7 upgrade dvd - can i do a clean install

see HERE. Follow the steps just substitute windows 7 for Vista. I did this on both of my systems so it works.

You can use it on a clean drive and you do not need a previous version Os

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