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Upgrade From Win 7 Rc On Clean Drive


Have windows xp on one drive and win 7 rc on another drive (duel boot) i now have my win 7 upgrade pack.

Win xp on drive c:
Win 7 rc on drive d:

I want to put win 7 update on drive h: it is a clean drive, can this be done?


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Upgrade As Clean Install Using Upgrade Media Using One Hard Drive

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Code:
0xc004f061

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I've messed around with turning off the floppy, usb and ahci support in the bios. I've tried installing the 32 and 64 bit versions. I tried to access drivers off the gigabyte cd, but that didn't work so much. At this point i'm open to new suggestions :d

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