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5.0 out of 5 stars Win 7 OEM Clean Install, March 18, 2014
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Don't understand some of the feedback on this product. I bought 2 copies to install on an old Pentium 4 desktop and an Asus Netbook, both with XP already installed. It worked wonderfully....but there are a few tips...before you start search on "clean install of Win 7" and you will find some great with a step by step illustrated guide. So here are my tips...change boot order to CD first in BIOS..start the install...choose 'custom install'...choose advanced and the window will give you the opportunity to delete existing partitions....delete all one by one, until you get a single entry with "unallocated space". TIP...if the delete button is grayed out after you delete one or two partitions, exit install by hitting the escape key and rebooting to restart install from the beginning. Delete remaining partitions and proceed with the install. The install on my netbook then went perfectly. On the desktop after deleting the partitions the system rebooted and began the install from the beginning again and again. TIP...hit the Esc key and cancel the install, open BIOS and select hard drive as primary boot device....all then went perfectly. TIP...don't be nervous to stop and restart won't hurt least that's what I experienced

And yes, the product key is very, VERY small and I used a flashlight and very strong magnifying glass to double check the ID. Just make sure it's correct and there will be no prob with registering.

All in all an easy install of the best OS there is to date. It has prolonged the life of my home built old P4 and my netbook to at least 2020 when support for Win 7 will end. I highly recommend this product.
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Initial post: Apr 3, 2014 8:55:19 AM PDT
FixVet says:
So, you're saying a guy that has a laptop and desktop pc to upgrade from xp to win7 must buy two copies of this win7 installation it only good for one machine?? Just checking to be sure before buying.
Dennis, in Missouri

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2014 10:51:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 4, 2014 11:06:37 AM PDT
Grandpa says:
Yes, each product key is good for one machine only, therefore you must buy one copy for each PC to be updated. Before you update, download and run Microsoft's Win 7 update compatibility pgm., it will check your current system and let you know what drivers (if any) you need to update and also program compatibility with Win 7. You will need to do a clean full install (format your drives) so be sure to backup you files, or you'll loose them. You'll then have to reinstall all your program software.

Posted on May 10, 2014 5:25:27 PM PDT
M. Tsien says:
Excellent review and instructions. Worked for me. Thanks.

Posted on May 20, 2014 7:31:36 AM PDT
juan says:
Did the new installation deleted the programs you already had under windows xp? For instance, should I buy microsoft office again?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2014 7:09:06 AM PDT
Thank you for the review.
When I did the installation, the Win7 has created a separate folder "old windows" and it basically saved all my WinXP data there.
I DID back it up before the installation, knowing it would be wiped out.
Somehow -it was preserved. I didn't have to do a massive restore afterwards.
One more thing - I noticed an odd behavior of the Win7 installer. In the beginning it takes almost 10 minutes for something, *anything* to start happening. Basically you see a small circle spinning in the middle of the screen, and no progress bar/text of any kind. I thought it froze and I have restarted the installation. Same thing, and finally after 10 minutes things started happening. So - be patient with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2014 3:47:39 PM PDT
Penny Sotler says:
My laptop has pre-installed windows 7 32 bit but it will only start boot till the windows screen and then reboot continually. Can I use this to reboot my computer?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2014 1:05:30 PM PST
Joel Davis says:
No, I'm still using a Word 2002 disc that's been through a few versions of Windows updates. Your other programs will most likely work as well (some programs might require you to contact the vender to verify you're not a pirate, but not many).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2014 7:57:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2014 7:58:09 AM PST
Penny Sotler, My Desk Top PC did that but it turned out that it was the power supply.
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