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I have a question about the student discount version of Windows 7 you can get for $30. It shows it is an upgrade version, but was wondering if you can do a full install from it. I am upgrading to a SSD soon, so wanted to know for sure if I can use that to do a full install on the new drive. I believe I have read it is possible and if it is, is it difficult?
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It's possible, and actually very easy. Here's an article that explains three different ways that it can be done:

http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...-upgrade-media
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You can always just take a disk image of your current windows install and put it on the SSD and instal windows 7 from that. I upgraded to windows 7 from XP a few months ago and it was fairly painless. it gives you the option to reformat and install too so that image you might have to copy will be deleted anyway...
    
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yeah its possible! thats the beauty of windows 7!
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Originally Posted by ryanbob1234 View Post
yeah its possible! thats the beauty of windows 7!
It's been possible since Windows XP too.
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It's been possible since Windows XP too.
True that
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by alk View Post
You can always just take a disk image of your current windows install and put it on the SSD and instal windows 7 from that. I upgraded to windows 7 from XP a few months ago and it was fairly painless. it gives you the option to reformat and install too so that image you might have to copy will be deleted anyway...
Thanks guys! My image right now would be too big to fit on an SSD that I can afford now, so probably won't do that. Also, I thought that if you did an upgrade from Vista, it has to be the same version. Like going from Vista Pro to 7 Pro. I thought you could not upgrade from Vista Ultimate to 7 Pro and you had to go from Ultimate to Ultimate?

Either way, I will probably be doing a new install on the SSD anyways. That way I will still have all my files left on the 1TB drive and can just clean it up a bit and not have to re-download all my Steam games.
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post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by jbobb View Post
Thanks guys! My image right now would be too big to fit on an SSD that I can afford now, so probably won't do that. Also, I thought that if you did an upgrade from Vista, it has to be the same version. Like going from Vista Pro to 7 Pro. I thought you could not upgrade from Vista Ultimate to 7 Pro and you had to go from Ultimate to Ultimate?

Either way, I will probably be doing a new install on the SSD anyways. That way I will still have all my files left on the 1TB drive and can just clean it up a bit and not have to re-download all my Steam games.
It will be much better to just do a fresh and clean install using one of the three methods described on that site I linked above.
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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post #9 of 10
Worked for me, and it wasn't difficult at all.
 
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post #10 of 10
here man hope this helps with some of your compatibility questions as far as upgrading goes

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