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New Install of Windows 7 64 bit recommendations

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I have Windows 7 Home Premium updated from Vista about 2-3 years ago.  I am having all kinds of little quirky problems and as a result I am considering a complete format of my hard drive and a new installation of Windows 7.  Any comments?


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Is the Windows 7 install DVD an upgrade version? If so, see here:  Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
 
If it's a retail version, see here: Clean Install Windows 7
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Hello Rich.  Thank you for your response I really appreciate it.  I have the upgrade 32 & 64 bit DVD's  from Vista to win 7.( I used the 64 bit upgrade)  They are old dating back to when Win 7 first came out.  I guess my last question is, do you recommend that I buy a new Win 7 64 bit. or is the upgrade version still up-to-date to use for a clean install?  Thanks 

 

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No, you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here:

Windows 7 Direct Download Links

Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file. Just be careful during the install not to accidentally install some of the bundled junk that comes with it. Always take The Custom Install option.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

YOU MUST HAVE A VALID KEY TO INSTALL THIS .ISO.
The one on the COA sticker on your computer will work.

If you are just using the Recovery Console you do not need a key.

You can also create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Windows 7 from.

  • Download and run Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3
  • Select Windows 7 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom
  • Select the downloaded Windows 7 iso file
  • Select your USB flash drive
  • Click Create

For techies or folks who work on computers:

Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.

 


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