Win 7 Home Premium Family Pack from XP Upgrade

Discussion in 'Windows Applications' started by LeeJend, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Messages:
    5,291
    Location:
    Fort Worth, TX
    Went to buy the Family 3 pack of Home Premium to upgrade my older PCs. The "expert" at Best Buy told me you cannot use the WIn 7 Upgrade Disk to go from XP to Win 7.

    Personally I think this is bull droppings but now I'm uncertain and want confirmation.

    Has anyone actually done a clean install using a Win 7 Upgrade DIsk to go from XP to Win 7?


    Yes, I know there is not a simple upgrade option from XP to Win 7 like there is from Vista to Win 7 but it should still work as long as you are replacing a valid copy of XP.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

    Messages:
    5,015
    Location:
    Happy Valley
    He was right, you can't.
     
  3. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

    Messages:
    2,931
    Location:
    Seattle
  4. SysProg

    SysProg OSNN Addict

    Messages:
    93
    Location:
    North Aurora, IL
    You can "upgrrade" XP to 7 Home Premium but it is basically a clean install of Windows 7 (you have to reinstall ALL of your apps). I upgraded 2 machines early last year. Microsoft has a utility that you can download to XP and run (it is documented on a card inside the Windows 7 package). It basically backs up your XP data (not the entire system). After Windows 7 is installed, you run the same utility (from Start | All Programs) and restore your data files (it puts My Documents into the appropriate Library, same for My Picture, etc.).

    Then you boot from the Windows 7 Upgrade disk (if you try to launch the Windows 7 Upgrade from XP, it tells you that you have to boot from the DVD) and upgrade your system.

    Windows 7 will put everything from your C: (XP) into a folder called Windows.old and is thus a clean install of Windows 7. Now run the utility (mentioned above) to restore your data files and start installing your drivers and applications.

    Note that if your C: is a hardware RAID, you do not need to install the RAID driver from a floppy like you did in XP. Windows 7 automatically detected that my C: was a RAID 0 (striped) and installed with no problems.

    Good luck!
     
  5. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

    Messages:
    5,015
    Location:
    Happy Valley
    He isn't talking about a clean install. He is talking about leaving xp in and upgrading to 7. That can't be done.
     
  6. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Messages:
    5,291
    Location:
    Fort Worth, TX
    No, I was asking if there are licensing restrictions on the "Family Pack Win 7 Home Premium Upgrade" disks. I know you can't "upgrade" from XP to 7.

    The guy at Best Buy was telling me you can't do a clean install using the "Upgrade" retail package disks. I do not beleive that was correct.

    I was hoping to find someone who had used the Family Pack from an XP install.
     
  7. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

    Messages:
    2,931
    Location:
    Seattle
  8. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

    Messages:
    5,015
    Location:
    Happy Valley
    Sorry, I misunderstood what you were saying. You can do that.
     
    LeeJend likes this.