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Pre-installed Vista - In-place Upgrade Or Clean Install


I have a laptop, which came pre-installed with windows vista. I'm looking to upgrade this to windows 7, but would like to know one thing before i purchase the upgrade license.
 
If i was to purchase the upgrade license, would i need to first reinstall windows vista, then do an in-place upgrade to windows 7, or could i do a completely clean install of windows 7 using the vista oem key as proof that the laptop was/still is licensed for windows vista?
 
I've just read the post at http://social. Answers.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/w7install/thread/6719ae72-7187-45cd-80f7-55e66f3ec686 which seems to suggest initially that you must perform an upgrade, then in the instructions says that you can do a "custom(advanced)" install, which is the normal option to perform a fresh reinstall.
 
So from this, i gather that i must install windows vista, and activate the license etc, then insert the windows 7 disc, at which point i can either perform an in-place upgrade, or a full clean install?


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