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How To Clean Install On Hard Drive Using Family Pack ?


How can i do a "clean" install of windows seven on a new hard drive using the family pack? I bought the windows 7 family pack. I do have a windows xp license. I would like to make a "clean" install on my computer on a new hard drive. Is it possible to install directly windows 7 if you have a cd of xp and the product key?

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Family Pack Upgrade Onto A New Hard Drive

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 .

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 .

Family Pack

Will it be coming back? I agree with other posts on the site that it was a bad idea for microsoft to remove the family pack license. I have 3 computers [ one with vista and 2 with xp] and it would have been perfect for me to bring all of the house together with one system for one price. I see that amazon has it but it is now almost double the original price.

From what i hear windows 7 is a good thing but microsoft has to play their cards right to keep people such as me interested and wanting to upgrade.

Pleas tell me that their is an option or a soon to be re-released family pack.


Posted On: 2009-12-31 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Can't help but think that this is a bit unfair on those of us who have been running the rc and in doing so have seemingly missed out on this offer. Fair enough, i didn't expect anything for nothing by running the rc but can't help but feel a bit hard done by

Is there going to be any further release of this pack?


Posted On: 2010-02-26 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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I want to upgrade all the computer in my family's household (a mixed of vistas and xps) to windows 7 before i go back to school in another state. Unfortunately, the windows 7 family pack has been discontinued in the us but i was able to find packs that are sold for a premium over the original price on ebay. Even though they are more expensive, they are still cheaper than getting individual licenses. My worries is that the ones being sold on ebay is not genuine. Being unemployed and having no income, this would be my last gift to my family so wanted them to be valid and genuine.

I tried to reach microsoft to ask but was directed here. Can anyone check to see if these are valid family packs? I would probably bite the bullet and buy two packs. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/ebayisapi.dll?Viewitem&item=130390414965&sspagename=strk:mewax:it

According to the post, it comes along with a certificate of authenticity. The price is not too good to be true (which is an indication of counterfeit software) since it sells for a premium over the original cost. What worries me is that the seller is somewhat new and there is no retail packaging. If there is a good possibility that it is not genuine, i will probably not upgrade the computers.


Posted On: 2010-06-03 . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-07-11 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Since around february this year i had gotten a couple viruses that just wouldn't go away. I had done a factory default restore at that time but the viruses had followed me. I had let it go for months and now i have around 10 to 11 viruses in my hard drive. Yes, i'm not joking. They're deep in the installation files so i obviously can't just remove them. I have 3 gateway recovery discs and i have no idea if there are also installation discs that i should have before i do this. The gateway model i have (which is also the type for the discs) is gateway nv59c. Does anybody have advice, tips, etc. Before i do this and know if i'm supposed to have installation discs as well as my 3 recovery discs? And if i should use all 3 or do i just need to use 1?

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Posted On: 2009-11-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-11 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-08-11 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-11-04 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-02-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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If i install the new hard drive into the computer can i clean install windows 7 on to that hard drive by booting it off the windows 7 disc? I presume i will first have to make that hard drive my primary hard drive on the bios. Is this all even possible? I can't get into windows first to make any initial changes.


Posted On: 2010-07-14 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-11-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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

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

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Although, i can get into command prompt with windows 98 on the other hard-drive.

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Posted On: 2010-01-30 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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My question is if the clone goes successfully. Will i be able to boot to either drive's xp pro installation depending on the first boot drive set up in my bios ?

Is a properly cloned drive basically a perfectly performing copy/clone of the original. ?. Meaning you could disconnect the original c: drive that was cloned. And then boot to the newly created d: drive that is now c:

Then when i install 7 pro. I will be able to setup the dual boot with win 7 the default with my old xp pro as a secondary boot option ?

Do i have this right. ?


Posted On: 2010-01-06 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-08-18 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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

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I would like to set up my dell laptop to dual boot to xp and windows 7. I have found several articles that go into details explaining this procedure and it seems things are complicated due to the fact that there is no way to adjust partitions in xp. I also just had to replace my hard drive so i have to do fresh installs of xp and windows 7 on the new hard drive so my question is this:

Can i just create the separate partitions needed when i install xp then install windows 7 on the partition i created in the xp install? I have never set up a dual boot before so i'm a newb in that respect. I have the xp pro re-installation disc as well as the 7 ultimate install dvd (not upgrade). Any feedback or links to useful information would be appreciated.


Posted On: 2009-11-26 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-07-10 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-29 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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I've upgraded my vista to win7 using the upgrade dvd i've got from hp. Today, i restored it to vista because i was not happy with the performance. I heard that clean install is better than upgrading, so can anyone please tell me if it is possible with just an upgrade dvd of win7? Also, will i be able to have the hp programs after the clean install?

I've also read several threads on errors while installing and product key errors. How likely that this will happen to me? "Windows. Old folder" can i just erase this folder after the installation? Lastly, will i still be able to factory default my os and have it back to vista if i'm still not happy with win7?


Posted On: 2010-01-19 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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A friend of mine is getting a free upgrade to windows 7 home premium, as he bought a laptop right before windows 7 was released. Yes, it really is taking this long for people to get their upgrade discs through arvato. His question to me, and which i'm posing here because i have no personal experience, is whether the windows 7 upgrade disc can be installed as a clean install. I have advised him to do a clean install if at all possible, because of the many problems we've heard from people who have done in-place upgrades from vista. It's just that neither of us is sure of the mechanics of how to do that (or whether it's possible).

Posted On: 2010-04-13 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

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I had a pc with a 32 bit version of vista installed. Now the pc had been playing up for a number of weeks (computer not starting up on every occasion, very very slow) and so i decided to bite the bullet and go to windows 7. Received the discs and got round to updating it today - my pc was 64bit ready and so i decided to go to the 64bit version. Therefore after doing some reading i was aware that i would have to do a clean install, something that i (seemingly naively) thought would format my disk and get rid of everything off my computer (something that i had wanted to do anyway, as i had backed up all my important files).

After a little problem running the upgrade, i eventually got to install windows 7 (bypassing the advanced disk options which is where i now think a format option lives), and whilst it is working fine, i was surprised to find a windows. Old file there with a reasonable chunk of my old files.
Now as they were not formatted am i in danger of whatever issues were plaguing my pc being carried over into my new windows 7 era?

So i guess i have two parts to this question:

- Will a non formatted windows. Old file potentially carry with it whatever problems it may have had before? Will these be solved if i just delete this windows. Old file now that they are no longer involved in the os given that windows 7 has been installed ok?

- If the files above could still cause me a problem - can i run the upgrade disc again, or will it now not function correctly given that i have used my upgrade product key, and that vista isn't technically installed on my computer again?


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