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Can you do a clean install with an upgrade edition of windows 7?

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3 years ago#1
I can get the upgrade edition of win 7 with my student discount, but I can't get the fresh install version

Is there any way to get around this?
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3 years ago#2
I had the same problem. Just install with the upgrade version, then install again over it. It'll think you're upgrading as a result, for some reason. Doing the install without installing over it a second time results in the activation key telling you the key is only for an upgrade.

edit: I should note that I originally did this when going from XP to 7, but later wanted to put 7 on a new hard drive and did this.
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3 years ago#3
http://www.mydigitallife.info/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-and-product-key-on-formatted-or-empty-blank-hard-drive/

Haven't actually done it myself but I don't see why it wouldn't work.
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3 years ago#4
From: Flame_Hazard | #002
I had the same problem. Just install with the upgrade version, then install again over it. It'll think you're upgrading as a result, for some reason. Doing the install without installing over it a second time results in the activation key telling you the key is only for an upgrade.

edit: I should note that I originally did this when going from XP to 7, but later wanted to put 7 on a new hard drive and did this.

Seriously? Can anyone confirm this?

I feel like a multi-billion dollar corporation would be wise enough that it wouldn't be this damn easy to work around >_>
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3 years ago#5
I don't see why it wouldn't work it was workaround #2 in the link I posted.
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