Windows Vista to Windows 7 Upgrade

Posted on 2011-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a PC with Windows Vista Home Premium and its hard drive is dead. I want to install a new hard drive and install Windows 7 Home premium "upgrade". Is this possible if I dont install it over Vista?
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    As far as I know - yes. As far as Microsoft goes, the 'upgrade' version requires that you legally own a previous version of Windows, however, it will not require a previous installation already on the computer. As long as you have your Windows 7 DVD and product key - you should be good to go.

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    When you say "as far as I know", I get worried. I need to know "for sure". I suspect you are right but need definitive confirmation.
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    Okay. According to two guides I've found, what you have is this:
    Boot your PC from Windows 7 DVD, use it's partitioning software to create a new volume onto which you will have your Windows 7 installed. During installation process, Windows will ask for your Windows key and request that you activate automatically. You're supposed to de-select that option. After Windows is installed, right-click My Computer, choose Properties and use the new window to manually activate your copy of Windows.

    Please review both guides first, but that's the basics of it.
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    Also, take a look at this post @ CNET.
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