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I have a Windows 7 upgrade question...

By LiLac22281 ·
I am getting a new hard drive and I want to upgrade to W7. Do I have to install XP on the new hard drive first, then install W7? Or will I be able to put my old XP key in, and MS will know that it's an upgrade? I hope my question makes sense--I'm a little tired. Thanks for your time.

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Depends

by shasca In reply to I have a Windows 7 upgrad ...

In what capacity did you purchase the Windows 7 install? If it's an upgrade you should be prompted for the XP disc during a fresh install. You can bypass the upgrade option, and say do a fresh install under advanced options during the install also.

These are general answers so a bit more insight will help folks help you.

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Xp to 7 unavailable

by yovev In reply to Depends

Unfortunately, Microsoft do not offer direct upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. The only way to upgrade is to install Vista over the XP and then do the upgrade to 7.
However, it would take much shorter time if you make clean install of Windows 7 on the new hard drive.
As for the licensing and activation of Windows 7, I am sure that you can not use your XP product key to activate Windows 7!

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I hate titles. XP activation after upgrade.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Xp to 7 unavailable

If you upgrade XP to Vista to Windows 7 the XP key can't be used to activate XP again. Microsoft invalidates XP when upgrading to Vista. It may also invalidate Vista's activation when upgrading to 7. I'd have to read 7's Upgrade EULA to find out.<br>

From Vista's EULA:
<i>"13. UPGRADES. To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligible for the upgrade. Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software you upgraded from. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from."</i><br>
From: http://www.whatthetech.com/2007/01/29/vista-upgrade-invalidates-your-xp-key/ <br>
There are several articles referring to this issue. It doesn't seem to be well known.

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Clarification

by LiLac22281 In reply to Xp to 7 unavailable

When I say "upgrade" I mean that I pay the same as a Vista user would. MS website says that anyone running XP or Vista can "upgrade." What I'm trying to ask is will MS be able to verify that I have an XP license without me having to install XP on the new hard drive first. Or will I have to install XP on the new hard drive, put in the XP key, then install W7?

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here is a tutorial from MS

by .Martin. In reply to I have a Windows 7 upgrad ...
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I looked at that one time, but...

by LiLac22281 In reply to here is a tutorial from M ...

Since you suggested it, I looked at it again. Thanks to you suggesting it, I found the Windows Easy Transfer download. I had already used the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, which I just found out is not compatible with W7. So, thanks. I'm still looking for the answer to my original question though!

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No you do not have to install XP

by OH Smeg In reply to I looked at that one time ...

Is that plain enough for you?

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no, that's not plain enough {NT}

by .Martin. In reply to No you do not have to ins ...
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You do not need to install XP

by OH Smeg In reply to I have a Windows 7 upgrad ...

But you can not use your KP Product Key you need to use the Windows 7 Product that came with the Install Disc.

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an example

by yovev In reply to I have a Windows 7 upgrad ...

I will try to give you an example of why you can not use your XP product key with Windows 7.
Imagine you buy a car. In 5 years the manufacturer makes a new model. Can you just replase you old car with the new model for free? I think not :)

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