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Upgrade Or Full Version With New Mb & Hard Drive


I am planing to upgrade my system, new mb , hd video card etc. I am currently running xp upgraded from win 99 which i installed the last time i did a system upgrade. The question is will the upgrade version of win 7 work on the upgrade version of win xp or do i need to get the full version of win 7?

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Win 7 Upgrade Version - Installation On Reformatted Hard Drive

Win 7 (upgrade version) reinstallation following hard drive reformat. Need to reinstall xp now in order to activate win 7. I made the mistake of creating primary boot drives too small for an os other than xp or linux. Shortly after install i was unable to update my win 7 because of lack of space on the hard drive (all programs i could change the installation of, were on a separate drive). That meant i had to wipe the hard drive to repartition it.

I was under the impression that i could upgrade to win 7 after a clean install by putting the disk in and having windows check for it, like when i upgraded from me to xp. (Yes, i realize now the error of my ways. ) Now i need to fix it. Add to it, i have 32-bit xp and 64-bit win 7.

Having contacted microsoft tech support, i was told i could simply reinstall my xp and win 7 would recognize that it was there and set up dual boot. That isn't the case, as i suspected. In the reformat, i have lost some data that i thought i had backed up and obviously didn't, which is why i really don't want to reinstall win 7 a third time after reinstalling xp.

I have no windows. Old because of the reformat/repartitioning of my drive. Is there anything else i can do? (I'm so tired of being penalized with drm, activation etc. For purchasing licensed software because of all the pirates out there!).


Posted On: 2010-03-14 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade Or Full Version?

Last fall, i bought a brand new hp laptop. It runs on vista (oem version). I would like to install windows 7 on the laptop since i'm not fully satisfied. Knowing that i have the oem version and i will reformat the hard disk. Should i buy the upgrade or the full version? If i buy the upgrade version, how can windows 7 recognize that i already have a vista license if the disk is reformatted? I don't know the vista license number and where to find it.

Posted On: 2010-01-19 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Upgrade Or Should I Buy Full Version Of Win7 ?

I have windows vista currently, and will be installing windows 7 soon, but my hard drive needs replaced, would it be better for me to try to re-install vista, then buy an upgrade or should i buy a full version of windows 7 for the new hard drive? My current computer running vista home premium has a faulty hard drive, i keep receiving errors and bsod's, so i am going to buy a new hard drive and reinstall windows. I decided to go with windows 7 since i have to start over anyway.

Should i buy my hard drive and use my recovery disk to re-install vista, then buy a windows 7 upgrade package or should i install my new hard drive and buy the full version of windows 7 home premium?  Also any idea if my factory recovery disk will work with a new hard drive?


Posted On: 2010-01-11 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Hard Drive Full In Win 7

Recently i bought windows 7 home edition and upgraded my desktop and my wifes laptop. On my computer i kept my old folders from vista and did the first install selected. The only problem i had was i had to upgrade my video driver. However my wife's laptop i chose the second option and did a totally new install. Now her hard drive is in two places. C and d drive. The c drive has 230 gig free but the d drive is about full. Because of the partition now i can't put windows office on her laptop because it says not enough memory.

Does anyone know how to make this problem go away or to combine both hard drives?


Posted On: 2009-12-02 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Hard Drive Full After Sleep Mode

Problem occurred after upgrading from vista to windows 7.coming out of sleep mode, or logging in after computer left running unattended for several hours, c drive is full. Going into sleep mode/log off, c drive has 377/456 available. Have changed to dynamic drive and eliminated other partitions. Did not fix problem. No error codes. Restart clears up the problem and c drive goes back to normal space available.

Some additional information:

If computer left running and in lock-up problem occurs over time.

Normal steps taken to fix: defrag, minimized services, ran troubleshooter etc. Have run virus scans/spyware scans etc. Have searched forums for similar issue. Found something in vista forum regarding system restore taking up available drive space. So i have set maximum shadow storage to 10gb. Won't know for a while whether this fixed the problem. I doubt it though, because default max shadow storage was set to 30% = '40gb and problem was consuming 377gb.

I traced the offending files to the pc tools application internet security and/or registry mechanic in the common files subdirectory. There was an xmlfile in there that grew until all available drive space was consumed. I tried to get support from pc tools but all they suggested was downloading the current application versions, which i did, but to no avail.

I was at first unable to delete the file because it is in use when the apps are running in background. However, by changing the settings to turn them off at bootup, and using the disk cleanup application below, i was able to delete it.


Posted On: 2009-12-19 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Install Student Version Of Win7 To New Hard Drive

My hard drive crashed and i don't have the installation disk for windows xp. So i have decided to upgrade to windows 7. Would i be able to download the student version of windows 7 to my new hard drive that i just bought? It doesn't have an operating system on it.

Posted On: 2009-12-15 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Anyway to upgrade on a new hard drive because of a failed hard drive with vista on it? I had a pc that came with a pre installed version of vista home 32 bit, however my hard drive has just totally failed, is there anyway that i'll be able to just get the upgrade version and install it on my new hard drive, or as i beleive to be the case, will i have to get the full version of windows 7. My pc didn't come with any sort of vista install disc.

As i said im fairly certain i know the answer and its that i get a new hard drive and will have to get the full version of 7 but just wanted to check with people who know far more on the subject than i do.


Posted On: 2009-11-06 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

What Is Difference Between Oem And Full Version ?

I am building my first computer - the question is do i half to buy windows 7 processional full version or can i can buy windows 7 processional oem version and what is the different between oem and full version? Programs, support, here is my parts list msi 790fx-gd70 am3, amd 955 3. 2 ghz, 2x2 gb memory, ultra 750 wats,

Posted On: 2009-12-05 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Upgrade As Clean Install Using Upgrade Media Using One Hard Drive

I need help with planning my upgrade to windows 7 from windows xp pro. Can i do this upgrade as a clean install using upgrade media if i've only got one hard drive? I'm currently running 32-bit windows xp professional and want to upgrade to 64-bit windows 7 professional.

My laptop only has one hard drive on it, so installing "fresh" to a separate hd isn't possible. Since i already back up all my data to an external hd, i'd like to just format the internal hd and install windows 7 onto that. Will that be possible though using upgrade media? How does it verify my existing xp pro license?


Posted On: 2009-10-05 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

How To Upgrade Hard Drive At Same Time I Upgrade To Win 7?

How should i upgrade my hard drive at the same time i upgrade to windows 7? I plan to upgrade my laptop from win xp pro to win 7 pro and want to at the same time upgrade my hard drive. I don't know what i should do to ensure that the win 7 install program recognizes the prior win xp installation.
Would it work to put the old (win xp) drive in an external enclosure connected via usb? Alternatively, what would i need to copy from the old hard drive to the new in order to have the win 7 install recognizes win xp?


Posted On: 2009-11-13 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Home Premium Oem Version Vs Full Retail

I'm trying to discern the somewhat foggy details regarding the full versions of windows 7 home premium. I plan to do a "clean" install of 32-bit home premium to replace the current 64-bit home premium that is now on my new quad core hp-pc. As best as i can figure:

1) all new full retail packages include: 64-bit dvd and 32-bit dvd as well as a certif. Of authenticity and key.

2) all new oem packages include either the 32-bit dvd or the 64-bit dvd (but not both), as well as a certif. Of authenticity and key.

Are these two assumptions accurate?


Posted On: 2010-01-12 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Help With Hard Drive Upgrade

My hard drive had only 37gb so i upgraded to a 320gb drive. I have cloned the old drive to the new drive. My problem is windows 7 shows the new drive size as 37gb. In the diskmanagementwhere it shows disk 0, disk 1, disk 2 i can see the correct drive size 320gb but the drive properties shows 37gb. When i select the right-mouse "format" menu the "extend volume" menu is grayed out. How can i make windows 7 remeasure the hard drive size so the full 320gb drive is available and the menu format->extend volume will work?

Posted On: 2010-04-08 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade With New Hard Disk Drive

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I bought the windows 7 64-bit home premium (upgrade version) last summer when win 7 was released but have not had the time / courage to use it yet! (Laziness too!). Current problem: my laptop hdd is only 160gb and its already too full. This is what i want to do: i would like to replace my existing 160gb hdd with a new 500gb hdd and move from my existing vista 32-bit os to the new windows 7 64-bit os. If at all possible, i would like to do a clean install of windows 7 on
The new hdd instead of upgrading from vista to windows 7. Can this be done?


Posted On: 2010-05-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

How Many Gb Of Hard Drive Will Consume For Upgrade ?

I am about to install windows 7 home premium over vista home premium.could someone please tell me about how many gb's of hard drive this upgrade will consume?

Posted On: 2009-10-28 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Upgrade To Win7 - Keep Xp Hard Drive As Is

I have xp, want to upgrade to w7. Would like to keep old xp hard drive as is (just in-case upgrade fails). I want to buy a new second hd and 'upgrade to that hd and making xp hard drive a "d:" drive and w7 the "c". I want to keep my xp hard drive as is and use it as a second hard drive. Don't want to have to move everything or do a dual boot.

I would like to buy a new hd, upgrade w7 on it and make it my new c: (boot) drive and make my old xp hd my d: (data)drive. This way, i could switch back to the old xp hd if w7 failed. Is there a way to do this easily or at all? I guess i could buy the new hd install xp on it, then do the w7 upgrade!


Posted On: 2009-10-25 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Upgrade To A New Empty Hard Drive

I have a pre order of windows 7 professional upgrade coming when released. I am getting my inspiron 8600 ready, 2 gb memory installed, and i have a new 160 gb hard drive to replace the 40 gb original drive. My plan was to install the new drive and install the upgrade using my original xp install disc from dell as a qualifier. It sounds like i cannot do this based on other threads. Can i install the dell original xp on the new hard drive (basic install) and go to the upgrade disk from there? I understand i will have to reinstall software and documents, etc. After.

Posted On: 2009-09-24 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

Preparation For Upgrade On New Hard Drive

I have a dell laptop with oem vista pre-installed with no discs supplied by dell. I do have a legible label with product key on the machine. I am installing a new hard-drive and would like to upgrade to windows 7 at the same time. I do not intend to save any existing programs or files. I have purchased the retail home premium upgrade edition. Will i be able to install windows 7 with just my oem vista product key available? Must i download and install a vista os first?Will i be allowed to install the 64 bit version if my machine is capable?

Posted On: 2010-08-04 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Family pack upgrade onto a new hard drive. I have a number of pcs in our house. I bought the 3 install family pack to upgrade a desktop and a laptop. The laptop is a few years old running vista home premium and has a 100 gb hard that is 95% full of data. So while buying the upgrade package i thought i replace the hard drive with something bigger and bought a new internal 320 gb hard drive to replace the existing one, with the intention of reinstalling my programs and the old hd to be wiped and disposed of.

The install of win 7 onto the new hd was straight forward and fast until it rejected the 3 pack licenses code. After going round in circles i turned the laptop of and then restarted - it started up again and i just ignored the product key part and windows has loaded and will now work for 30 days. I tried to activate with the product key but it was also rejected online - saying it was not valid for a fresh install

So its the same laptop, just with a new hd. Previous windows upgrades have just asked for the old version of windows cd/dvd, checked it and allowed the install to complete - and given the lack of info available i was expecting the same again. Any thoughts on what options i have available would be appreciated. If i was to delete and make same space on the old hd, install win 7 on it, can the os be moved onto the new hd? 


Posted On: 2009-10-22 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

How To Upgrade New Hard Drive With Win 7 64-bit ?

How to upgrade new hard drive with windows 7 upgrade 64 bit? I just upgraded to windows 7 64 bit from xp pro 64 bit and it went really smooth now i need to upgade my hard-drive. What is the best way to add a new hard drive for the os windows 7? I have my xp pro installation disk and also my windows 7 upgrade disk. What instructions is best for my needs of adding a new and faster hard-drive to my system?

Posted On: 2009-11-02 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I recently upgraded my windows vista to windows 7 pro. Then i realized my hard drive was too small and ordered another. Can i clone or image my current hard drive to transfer win 7 to the new one? What if i don't have an external hard drive to use for the transfer? Shall i make my old hard drive the master and my new hard drive the slave? I would prefer to have the os on the new hard drive.

The old drive is partitioned and the c:/ partition with the os is very full. I think i would like to reformat it and use it as a back-up drive with the new drive as the master. What is my best solution short of buying the full version of win 7?


Posted On: 2010-02-13 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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I upgraded from vista ultimate to windows 7 home premium last year (download w/ backup dvd). My hard drive crashed a month ago and without thinking, i did a clean install of windows 7 on the new hard drive. Of course it wouldn't let me activate it since my product key is for upgrade only. So i reinstalled vista and tried to use my windows 7 install disc to upgrade. I keep getting a message that says i cant upgrade from vista ultimate to 7 home premium and it wants me to do a clean install. If i do this, im afraid it wont take my product key again. What should i do?

Posted On: 2010-04-12 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I recently upgraded my pc from vista to 7 home premium. A week later my hard drive had a mechanical failure and is now beyond repair. Luckily i backed up all of my data to an external drive for security before upgrading so i have all of my files. I have a replacement blank hard drive but i want to know if i can install windows 7 having already activated the product on the old drive. Also, will i have a problem with the fact that there is no previous version of windows on my blank drive? Can i use my upgrade disk to do a full install on a new drive?

Posted On: 2009-11-22 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-06-25 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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I want to upgrade to windows 7 and add a larger hard drive. I am going to keep my old hard drive in the system as a backup drive. I am currently running vista home premium. Do i need to buy the upgrade or the full version. Can i install the new drive as d: upgrade to windows 7 on it then make it the boot drive

Posted On: 2009-10-22 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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After upgrade from vista 64 to windows 7 64, usb hard drive initially works, then at some point all the "folders are empty" and i cannot access files untill i reboot. Then same thing all over again. My setup was working perfectly fine with vista 64; i had a 1tb  seagate freeagent external hard drive where i had all my pictures, music and movies. These media was monitored by my zune software, windows media player and windows media center, and also shared on my network.

Then i upgraded to windows 7 64. At first it seemed fine, windows 7 recognized and external drive, all applications were still monitoring my media from it, and i was able to access the files. But after a couple of minutes of accessing the files, the drive just seems to suddenly go offline.

I can still browse the folder structure, but the i don't see any files, and folders are empty. In some folders i see the files (maybe the info was cached) and if i try to access it, i get an error to "check the location of the file" or "file not available". Once i reboot my system, then everything seems back to normal but as soon as i try to access anything, it breaks as before. It fails even more promptly if i try to download something on to the drive.

All the usb drivers seem ok. The external hard drive works normally on my laptop that has a windows 7 32bit, so no problems in the drive itself. I tried removing all other usb devices (i have 7 usb inputs on and two more on my monitor), i tried changing power options so that usb ports are not automatically shut off by the pc, i tried reinstalling all the hardware drives including the nvidia chipset driver, i even reinstalled windows 7. The issue is still not resolved.


Posted On: 2010-01-05 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Upgrade from xp to windows 7, had 180gb hard drive now only showing 30gb hard drive. I recently upgraded my computer from xp to windows 7 after restoring it to factory settings because of a key logger virus. I did have a 180 gb hard drive but now after the upgrade it says i only have a 29. 3 gb hard drive and it will not let me copy any of my backed up files to my computer from a portable hard drive as it says i don't have enough room, has this happened to any one else if so please help.

Posted On: 2010-04-03 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I boot from the windows 7 dvd but of course the product key is invalid because there is no operating system on the new hard drive. Is there a way to get around this without having to install an operating system on my new hard drive first?


Posted On: 2009-12-20 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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What happens to vista? I've seen on some other forums that it keeps it installed. This is doesn't make sense - why would i want this and how could i stop it from doing this. Please bear in mind i would prefer to use an upgrade disc rather than a full copy to save money.


Posted On: 2010-01-07 . View Related Posts . . View 19 Replies .

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Trying to upgrade from windows vista 64bit to windows 7  64bit getting error need an update device driver for my hard drive, spent almost two hours with tech support case 1117693442 and the said go back to mfg for driver update. Model hp s3620f  and i have latest driver segate hd.

Posted On: 2009-11-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .