Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Windows › Windows 7 Upgrade disk on new build
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Windows 7 Upgrade disk on new build

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I've read extensively on this topic, but I'm still unsure of how this will work.

Basically, I'm ready to order all the parts for my a new build (first actually), and I'd like to take advantage of the $30 Windows 7 Pro upgrade for students.

From what I gather, I can clean install on my new build with the upgrade disk (which I think costs an extra $15-20)-- I'll just need to have a product key from a copy of vista or xp (which I do have).

I figured the people on this site would be pretty knowledgeable about simple things like this, and I'd like to make completely sure of this before buying all the parts. So, to clarify:

1. Will the Windows 7 64b Pro upgrade disk clean install on a new build?

2. Will the product key from my old copy of xp validate Windows 7 on my new build?

Also, I noticed the majority of people posting on this topic in the forums I've been reading have just been throwing out their whimsical opinions/hunches, which is why I'm still not certain. So please, post only if you are absolutely certain this will work.
Edited by keellota - 6/2/11 at 6:21pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Twin Frozr II/OC 560 Ti G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW Win7 Pro 64 bit ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED/LCD 
PowerCase
Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W CM690 II Advanced 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Twin Frozr II/OC 560 Ti G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW Win7 Pro 64 bit ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED/LCD 
PowerCase
Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W CM690 II Advanced 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 16
Read this thread it will help you: http://www.overclock.net/windows/663...7-upgrade.html
Edited by 006 - 6/2/11 at 5:35pm
Warhammer
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 D0 @ 4.0GHz HT on Rampage III Extreme EVGA GTX 670 FTW G.SKILL Sniper 16GB Low Voltage @ 1603MHz 1.25v 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 256GB, WD Black 1TB, 3xWD Green 2TB MCP355 + XSPC Dualbayres, XSPC Raystorm, GTX 360 Windows 7 Pro x64 Retail ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse III Corsair 1000HX ATCS 840 Logitech G700 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Alpha L-Speed (Fragged) Logitech Z-5500 & Audio Technica ATH-AD700 
  hide details  
Reply
Warhammer
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 D0 @ 4.0GHz HT on Rampage III Extreme EVGA GTX 670 FTW G.SKILL Sniper 16GB Low Voltage @ 1603MHz 1.25v 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 256GB, WD Black 1TB, 3xWD Green 2TB MCP355 + XSPC Dualbayres, XSPC Raystorm, GTX 360 Windows 7 Pro x64 Retail ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse III Corsair 1000HX ATCS 840 Logitech G700 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Alpha L-Speed (Fragged) Logitech Z-5500 & Audio Technica ATH-AD700 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Wow, that's very helpful. Thanks!


Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables, post 2
That's all there is to it. You will absolutely not need the Vista Product Key, and if you decide to re-install with a reformat, then you will probably just have to do this process again in exactly the same way (I haven't gotten that far yet).
So if I use the double install method, I absolutely do not need a key from vista or xp?

I was under the assumption that the /upgrade/ Windows 7 disk didn't come with a product key, but rather, during the activation step, you entered your old product key from vista/xp..? maybe I'm just reading this incorrectly..?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Twin Frozr II/OC 560 Ti G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW Win7 Pro 64 bit ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED/LCD 
PowerCase
Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W CM690 II Advanced 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Twin Frozr II/OC 560 Ti G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW Win7 Pro 64 bit ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED/LCD 
PowerCase
Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W CM690 II Advanced 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
More clarity:

1. Does the second activation phase for the Windows 7 double install need an xp/vista product key, or a Windows 7 product key? And of course this question is contingent on whether the upgrade disk comes with a key.

EDIT: I understand TwoCables said an xp/vista key is not needed, but I'm simply trying to attain absolutely certainty because of all the misinformation I've read over the past couple days.
It just seems strange that one could use the upgrade disc on a fresh build without the xp/vista keys... that essentially makes the "upgrade" a $30 retail copy of windows 7... which defeats the purpose of having retail copies
Edited by keellota - 6/2/11 at 6:20pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Twin Frozr II/OC 560 Ti G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW Win7 Pro 64 bit ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED/LCD 
PowerCase
Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W CM690 II Advanced 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Twin Frozr II/OC 560 Ti G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW Win7 Pro 64 bit ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED/LCD 
PowerCase
Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W CM690 II Advanced 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Okay so I think I did read that post incorrectly. It looks like that method is for a computer that has already had vista (or xp) activated on it at some point. My new computer that I'm going to build will not have had any OS on it.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Twin Frozr II/OC 560 Ti G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW Win7 Pro 64 bit ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED/LCD 
PowerCase
Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W CM690 II Advanced 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Twin Frozr II/OC 560 Ti G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW Win7 Pro 64 bit ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED/LCD 
PowerCase
Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W CM690 II Advanced 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by keellota View Post
Okay so I think I did read that post incorrectly. It looks like that method is for a computer that has already had vista (or xp) activated on it at some point. My new computer that I'm going to build will not have had any OS on it.
Well, in that case you will need the retail Win 7 disc or you can install win xp and activate with legal key and then use Win 7 disc upgrade disc to do the clean install.
Warhammer
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 D0 @ 4.0GHz HT on Rampage III Extreme EVGA GTX 670 FTW G.SKILL Sniper 16GB Low Voltage @ 1603MHz 1.25v 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 256GB, WD Black 1TB, 3xWD Green 2TB MCP355 + XSPC Dualbayres, XSPC Raystorm, GTX 360 Windows 7 Pro x64 Retail ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse III Corsair 1000HX ATCS 840 Logitech G700 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Alpha L-Speed (Fragged) Logitech Z-5500 & Audio Technica ATH-AD700 
  hide details  
Reply
Warhammer
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 D0 @ 4.0GHz HT on Rampage III Extreme EVGA GTX 670 FTW G.SKILL Sniper 16GB Low Voltage @ 1603MHz 1.25v 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 256GB, WD Black 1TB, 3xWD Green 2TB MCP355 + XSPC Dualbayres, XSPC Raystorm, GTX 360 Windows 7 Pro x64 Retail ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse III Corsair 1000HX ATCS 840 Logitech G700 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Alpha L-Speed (Fragged) Logitech Z-5500 & Audio Technica ATH-AD700 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 16
this thread is gonna help a ton with my family member's build! thankkkkkk you!
post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by keellota View Post
I've read extensively on this topic, but I'm still unsure of how this will work.

Basically, I'm ready to order all the parts for my a new build (first actually), and I'd like to take advantage of the $30 Windows 7 Pro upgrade for students.

From what I gather, I can clean install on my new build with the upgrade disk (which I think costs an extra $15-20)-- I'll just need to have a product key from a copy of vista or xp (which I do have).

I figured the people on this site would be pretty knowledgeable about simple things like this, and I'd like to make completely sure of this before buying all the parts. So, to clarify:

1. Will the Windows 7 64b Pro upgrade disk clean install on a new build?

2. Will the product key from my old copy of xp validate Windows 7 on my new build?

Also, I noticed the majority of people posting on this topic in the forums I've been reading have just been throwing out their whimsical opinions/hunches, which is why I'm still not certain. So please, post only if you are absolutely certain this will work.

1) YES. Use method #2 from , especially if you don't want to install XP first on the new build and then install Windows 7 on top of it. If all else fails, give MS a call at 1-800-936-5700.

2) Your Windows 7 won't validate the old key, it will only look for a previous installation of Windows on the computer, if it does not find a previous Windows install use method #2 from http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...-upgrade-media.
Main Rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770 MSI B75MA-P45 ASUS GTX 660 Ti DirectCU (2GB DDR5) 16GB of RAM (4x4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x1TB HDD (Seagate and Western Digital) ASUS DVD-RW Stock Cooling Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
22" LG LED (1920x1080) Dell Seasonic S12II-620 PSU Antec 300 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Dell Razer Onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
Main Rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3770 MSI B75MA-P45 ASUS GTX 660 Ti DirectCU (2GB DDR5) 16GB of RAM (4x4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x1TB HDD (Seagate and Western Digital) ASUS DVD-RW Stock Cooling Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
22" LG LED (1920x1080) Dell Seasonic S12II-620 PSU Antec 300 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Dell Razer Onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
@grss1982
I'm just going to follow the double install method here.
TwoCables reassured me that this method would work on a new system that has never had an OS, e.g. vista/xp, without requiring keys or any other proof of ownership of xp/vista (though I do have that).
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Twin Frozr II/OC 560 Ti G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW Win7 Pro 64 bit ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED/LCD 
PowerCase
Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W CM690 II Advanced 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Twin Frozr II/OC 560 Ti G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW Win7 Pro 64 bit ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED/LCD 
PowerCase
Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W CM690 II Advanced 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 16
Why not just back up the activation?

http://directedge.us/content/abr-bet...dows-7-support
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Windows
Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Windows › Windows 7 Upgrade disk on new build