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Hey all,

On my old pc I had Vista and I bought the upgrade package to windows 7.

I'm getting my new pc this weekend and I was thinking if it's better to get a complete new oem version of windows 7 with it instead of installing vista and upgrading it to windows 7.

or could I instal windows 7 and use my key? or won't that work
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you can install a fresh windows 7 with the upgrade disc and use the same key
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Hey all,
On my old pc I had Vista and I bought the upgrade package to windows 7.
I'm getting my new pc this weekend and I was thinking if it's better to get a complete new oem version of windows 7 with it instead of installing vista and upgrading it to windows 7.
or could I instal windows 7 and use my key? or won't that work

I bought Windows 7 Pro upgrade media and was able to perform a clean install using the method HERE. Basically you boot from the DVD and install windows as normal. However, during the install, when you are asked to enter the product key DO NOT do it at that time (also do not enable automatic updates yet). Let Windows completely install and then after your fist boot to desktop (after Windows is installed) follow the instructions from the link above. One caveat with this method is that I'm not sure it works with SP1 media. All of the times I've done it were with my pre SP1 disk.
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Thanks for the tips! I also found this

I will try this tomorrow. Just use upgrade disk, don't enter key when asked and insert key after installation is complete. I'm crossing my fingers

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Originally Posted by -SpArkLeS- View Post

Hey all,
On my old pc I had Vista and I bought the upgrade package to windows 7.
I'm getting my new pc this weekend and I was thinking if it's better to get a complete new oem version of windows 7 with it instead of installing vista and upgrading it to windows 7.
or could I instal windows 7 and use my key? or won't that work

You can perform a clean install with the upgrade you have. No need to buy another copy.

http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-128512 ==> This has been around since Windows 7's release in late 2009.
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