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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.

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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 .

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?

Posted On: 2009-10-13 . View Related Posts . . View 5 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 .

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 .

Oem Full Or Upgrade?

I work for a retailer and months ago earned a free oem version of windows 7 ultimate from microsoft's windows 7 training program. (I never installed it). I'm considering buying a new computer, and i would like to order it with no operating system to save money, since i have this license. One of my co-workers said he thought what we earned is an upgrade-which i had not realized. Another said that he loaded his (same thing) on a new hard drive, implying that it is a full version.

(I would expect an oem title to be full. )-Looking at the disk(s) i have, it says "windows 7 ultimate oem version" and it also says "includes anytime upgrade". Does this simply mean that what microsoft sent us will work as an upgrade or a full version? I really am itching to order that new computer, but i really ought to be patient and wait for an answer. Also, should i load the 32-bit or the 64-bit?† Eagerly awaiting response :)


Posted On: 2010-03-16 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

C/d Drives Full After Upgrade

After i upgraded to windows 7 from vista via the student discount download, my d drive was so full it couldn't contain one full backup. I tried disk cleanups, disk defragment, and running norton cleanups on the disks, deleted all previous backups, but i still can't make a full backup on the disk. If i delete everything from the d disk, except the system restore, its about half full, and can't run a full backup. I also noticed my c drive is unusually full after the upgrade. Some friends of mine said possibly vista is still installed somewhere on my hard drive(s), since that's what happened to them, but they solved it by "reformmatting" using their installation disk. I used a download, however so i don't have any disk to use. Any suggestions as to what i can try next?

Posted On: 2010-02-12 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade Versus Full Install Of Win 7

I have a licensed version of windows 7 ultimate running on my computer. My hard drive is starting to fail on a regular basis and i want to re-install windows 7 on a new hard drive (clean install). Unfortunately, i can't find my original windows xp installation disk (i purchased an upgrade from xp to windows 7). Windows 7 installs on the new hard drive but the license code won't work because it is looking for a version of xp and there isn't one. I tried cloning my old drive onto the new one, and it worked; however, it doesn't recognize the additional space. :(. How can i re-install windows 7 on my new hard drive? I have registered all of my windows products faithfully (genuine windows program).

Posted On: 2010-05-29 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Activating Upgrade Version

I purchased windows 7 professional upgrade version a while back. My laptop previously had windows vista ultimate edition installed by dell when i purchased the machine. Unfortunately my hard drive died between purchasing and installation of windows 7 and the new key does not work as it tells me i'm not allowed to install as a clean installation - which quite frankly is a little annoying.

What do i do now? Do i have to go buy another copy of windows 7 or pay the difference between the upgrade version and the full version? Or do i have to uninstall windows 7, install vista ultimate then reinstall the upgrade version? Either way it is pretty annoying as there†was no mention that clean installations are not allowed when installing the upgrade version.


Posted On: 2010-08-02 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Upgrade Trial Version

How can i upgrade a windows 7 trial version? I had vista home premium. Was having probs.computer would freeze, a lot. Took it to a repair place. They told me the motherboard was "going". I asked them to wipe the hd clean so i could possibly sell the computer for parts. I get the computer back, and it has a 90 day version of windows 7 pro on it. And the computer works fine. So i use the computer for three months, and more, but i need to activate windows 7 pro.

I have no key and i don't want to go back to the repair place. So, what do i need to buy, to be legal? And where should i buy it? And will i lose everything again when i install? Btw. No signs of motherboard problems at this point so i'm thinking the guy just was wrong. I'm willing to take the gamble, anyway, and buy windows 7.


Posted On: 2010-08-17 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade Version Product Key

I have a laptop and a netbook, one legitimate vista key, one full retail win 7 key and one upgrade retail win 7 key. My question is this: currently the full retail version is installed on my laptop and is activated. I have also installed the full retail version on the netbook - this is awaiting activation after changing the laptop (to which the vista key belongs) to the upgrade version.

My question is - can i just change the installed product key on the laptop from the full version to the upgrade version without having to re-install vista first and then doing the upgrade? If you find my response helpful, please click on the "vote as helpful" button!


Posted On: 2010-04-26 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Reinstall Win 7 Upgrade Version

I am currently running windows 7 home premium and i would like to format my hard drive and reinstall windows 7 onto it. However, the problem is that i'm afraid i might go through some activation issues. When i purchased my pc windows vista was pre-installed on it. When windows 7 was released i purchased the upgrade version of it. From my understanding when i upgraded to windows 7 i needed to have a genuine version of windows already installed (which i did) in order for windows 7 to activate properly (which it did).

However, when i upgraded to windows 7 i did a clean install, which to my knowledge wiped windows vista off my hard drive. So my question is, if i try to do a clean install (reinstall) of windows 7 upgrade version, will i be able to activate without any issues? Here's a breakdown in case i wasn't clear in my explanation. 1. Purchased pc with windows vista pre-installed. 2. Did a clean install of windows 7 using the upgrade version, which was supposed to remove all remnants of windows vista. 3. Now i would like to do a clean install (formatting my hard drive) of windows 7 (upgrade version), again.


Posted On: 2010-07-08 . View Related Posts . . View 17 Replies .

Restoring Backup Of Upgrade Version

My new computer will ship with (oem) windows 7 home premium pre-installed. Thanks to my student status, i purchased a retail upgrade version of win 7 professional from microsoft at a great price. Once i've checked out my new pc to make sure the hardware works properly, i plan to use the win7 pro upgrade disc to do a custom ('clean') install.

I'm really good about backing up, so i plan to create an image of my new windows 7 professional installation, and to continue imaging my pc on a daily basis.

My first question is about restoring an image: in my case, the image contains an upgrade version of windows. Windows 7 setup does its compliance checking before you format the disc. How does 'uncle steve' know that i qualify to restore an upgrade version of windows, since i performed a custom installation of the upgrade?

My second question is more complicated: i qualify for an upgrade version of windows on the basis of my original oem license. An oem license can't be transferred to another computer, but i performed a custom install of the upgrade, so the original oem version is gone. Does this mean i can move my copy of windows 7 professional to a new computer?


Posted On: 2010-01-29 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Re-installing Student Upgrade Version

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Posted On: 2010-04-25 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Net Framework Version 2.o Required After Upgrade

Installed windows & upgrade and completed all steps. When i restart, get a message that states microsoft.net framework version 2. O is required to continue. I downloaded >net freamework 2. 0 64bit and 86bit. Cannot get rid of the error. >Net framework version 2. O required

Posted On: 2009-11-01 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Error - You Need To Upgrade The Version Of Flash Player

Error- "you need to upgrade the version of flash player" while watching online videos. I have flash player 10. 1 installed on my computer and when i go to play a song on youtube i get a message that i need to upgrade flash player. What's wrong?

Posted On: 2010-08-07 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Will Upgrade Version Lose Programs, I Have On System ?

Built a system and put win7 beta on it to see if i like it which i do. My question is can i buy an upgrade version so as to not lose what programs i have on this system? If so which one do i need?

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

Student Upgrade Version Cannot Be Used For A Clean Install

I bought windows 7 student upgrade back in i believe it was december, i kept the bootable jumpdrive i made from it and the registration key. The hard drive i installed it on failed recently, so i went out and bought 2 new ones, set it up in raid, and reinstalled windows 7 as well as transferred over some of the files i keep backed up and installed all the programs i lost. Bout a week later i realized i never activated it, and upon doing so received the error that the student upgrade version cannot be used for a clean install.

Now i am fairly sure i can find the original windows discs and registration numbers, however do i need to uninstall windows 7, install the old windows, just to reinstall windows 7 and all of the programs again? (Took me an entire weekend so i think you could see why i don't wish to do this) or is there a way of showing that i have a previous version without needing to go through the hoops of uninstalling everything.


Posted On: 2010-06-03 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

If I Buy Upgrade Version Will I Lose Installed Programs?

I built a system to try win 7 beta. I have some programs installed on it that i do not want to lose and would like to know if i can buy an upgrade version of 7 so as not to lose them? If so which one? I am using the 64-bit version of the beta. I have had no problems with it.

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

Unable To Upgrade From Vista / This Version Of Windows Could Not Be Installed

I've tried upgraded to windows 7, 5 times but it hasn't worked so far. I keep getting the following:

"This version of windows could not be installed.

Your previous version of windows has been restored, and you can continue to use it. Before trying to install this version of windows again, check online to see if it is compatible with your computer. "Below are the specs:os name microsoft® windows vista™ home premium

Version 6. 0. 6002 service pack 2 build 6002
Other os description not available
Os manufacturer microsoft corporation
System manufacturer hewlett-packard
System model hp pavilion dv6 notebook pc
System type x86-based pc

Processor pentium(r) dual-core cpu t4200 @ 2. 00ghz, 2000 mhz, 2 core(s), 2 logical processor(s)
Bios version/date hewlett-packard f. 33, 31/08/2009.

Smbios version 2. 4i am trying to upgrade from 32 bit vista home premium to 32 bit windows 7 home premium


Posted On: 2010-07-31 . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

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 .

Error - The Version Of This File Is Not Compatible With Version Of Windows

The version of this file is not compatible with the version of windows you're running. Check your computers system information to see whether you need an x86 (32 bit) or x64 (64 bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher.

I have a large cd collection published by national geographic. The difficulty lies in installing the program that displays the pages. The program installer ends in . Ins. These picture cd's have been produced by mindscape. When you try to contact them, they are based in†france, and it is impossible to obtain support for this product. Is there any way of getting the installer on the cd to do its job of providing a means of turning the 'pages'?


Posted On: 2010-07-24 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Error - This Version Of The File Is Not Compatible With Version Of Windows

My error message is: "this version of the file is not compatible with the version of windows you're running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need an x86 (32-bit) or an x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher. "

I've tried running the program in question (castle of the winds) in every compatibility mode that is on the list and all it does is give me that error message every time. Other people have managed to get the program working, so i know it does work on windows 7, but i can't see to get it to work for me. Help?


Posted On: 2010-06-10 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Will I Need To Upgrade All Of My Existing Software To A 64-bit Version, If I Use 64 Bit Win 7 ?

I am ready to purchase a new desktop computer with windows 7, but i am a little confused about the 32 vs. 64 bit decision. I understand technically what the difference is, but i am not sure what the impact on my software will be. At present all i have is 32 bit software running on both my desktop and laptop, some of which is quite old but still needed and very functional. I can't afford to replace all of my software, some of which have no counterpart in 64 bit. My new laptop is running 32 bit vista (less than 1 year old). Will i need to upgrade all of my existing software to a 64 bit version if i get the 64 bit version of win 7 or will i be able to use my old software with the new os? I also plan to upgrade to a new version of office. What impact will that have if i go to a 64 bit version? What about compatibility with my laptop and the existing 32 bit office on it?

Posted On: 2009-10-20 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Redo Upgrade With 64-bit Version From 32-bit

I just recently upgraded from xp to windows 7 a couple of days ago. And i must say i love it however, because i was so excited about upgrading i actually put in the 32bit version disk. So my question would be can i redo my upgrade with the 64bit version disk. I'm assuming it would be a custom clean install and don't mind reinstalling certain programs ( it is well worth it ).

Posted On: 2010-02-16 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Convert 32-bit To 64-bit Version Using Same Upgrade

I am currently using xp on my desktop and want to convert to 64bit win7. However, my tax returns were done on this computer over the past several years and the 32bit tax software used to prepare these returns probably will not work on the 64bit os, if i install the 64bit version now i will lose access to my older tax data. Can i install win7 32bit version via a clean install with the upgrade version, now and later, convert this win7 os to the win7 64bit version using the same upgrade version?

Posted On: 2010-01-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

D Drive Full

After upgrading to win 7 my recovery drive d is full. I have run the disk cleanup and defrag and says 0 files to empty yet it shows up as full and i still receive warnings. What can i do to fix this problem? Drive c os has 176 gb out of 223 gb free and d has 4. 89mb out of 9. 76 gb free. I have run ms security essentials, pc medic, i have analyzed and defragged the drives, i have run the uniblue registry booster.

Posted On: 2010-03-27 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Taskbar Getting Full

I think, at least for me, i have found one thing about windows 7 that i am unhappy about; the quick launch task bar. With xp i could put as many programs on my bar as i wanted. When the 'visual' space got full then you could click on a little arrow and the rest would pop up in a little window. Unfortunately 7 doesn't seem to have that. So far the only way i have found to increase space was to increase the size of the the task bar from one line to multiples.

I don't loke a fat task bar. I like the thin one. Takes up less space on the monitor and i like to be able to view as much as i can without scrolling to much. Ergo. Thin task bar. So my question is. Is there any way to get the task bar to pop up the little window with the rest of my icons?


Posted On: 2010-01-22 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Recovery Drive Is Full

I am trying to add memory to my desktop pc; i recently installed windows 7 and my recovery drive d is full. What can i do besides delete files to clean my hard drive or de-fragmentation? I am trying to either buy or find free downloads for my compaq sr5030nx to increase its memory. I recently purchased and installed windows 7, cleaned my hard drive with a seagate external hard drive, but my recovery d drive is red! And has no disk space left.

Posted On: 2010-01-05 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

D Drive Is Showing To Be Almost Full

I just upgraded vista home premium to windows 7 home premium. Now when i click "computer" it is warning me the d drive is almost full. I have dual drive and the d drive is reserved for the os. Is this a problem waiting to happen? Do i need to do something?

Posted On: 2009-11-03 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .