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Wipe and re-install..

by oma_sam / March 31, 2013 8:59 AM PDT

Windows7 Upgrade so messed up nothing is working right. Can't even install updates.
Can I wipe the hard drive and then re-load or do I have to have info ( i.e. reg. #)from original OS lurking around somewhere in the system?

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I believe the Windows 7 upgrade requires...
by wpgwpg / March 31, 2013 9:11 AM PDT
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...that you have a prior version of Windows on your hard drive. But if you put XP or Vista in a partition, you can then install Windows 7 in a separate partition on the same PC. Remember that you'll need to get the drivers for the new install.

Good luck.

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by oma_sam / March 31, 2013 4:36 PM PDT

To clarify:Windows 7 Upgrade was applied to machine that was running Vista, so I assume the Vista was partitioned off when 7 was installed. because of that I am not sure I will be able to wipe HD and then re-install 7 Upgrade, although if I'm not mistaken , I could re-format and do a clean install then. Is that possible to do or will I have to also re-install the original Vista and then apply the Upgrade?

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You'll have to reinstall Vista first
by wpgwpg / April 1, 2013 12:52 AM PDT
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The Windows 7 upgrade requires that you have XP or Vista installed somewhere on the computer. In a separate partition is best, but it doesn't have to be.

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