Upgrading to Windows 7 on pirated XP?

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  1. Harsky
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    Harsky Madmin

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    After years of running a PC with pirated XP, I decided to do the right thing and buy windows 7. I see the full version of Home Premium but then I see the upgrade version which is cheaper. My question is, if I buy the upgrade version, does it have any problem on installing on a pirated XP or should I just bite the bullet and buy the full version and install on a formatted HDD?
     
  2. Joe88

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    you cant upgrade from XP to 7
    only from Vista to 7

    you need to do a fresh install
     
  3. YayMii

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    Yup, the upgrade is only useful if you have a pirated version of Vista. [​IMG]
     
  4. Urza

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    Windows Upgrades are bad.

    Always fresh install regardless.
     
  5. tj_cool

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    Is there anyone who pirates Vista then? [​IMG]
     
  6. seahorsepip

    seahorsepip GBAtemp Regular

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    I used pirated xp with registry tweak then vista(deleted that really fast because it's crap!) and now I use windows 7 ultimate with remove wat.
    Other words I'm am a legal man [​IMG]
     
  7. Am0s

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    I used vista eternity ultimate for a while before moving to linux

    dont update always fresh install
     
  8. exangel

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    Try to obtain the an OEM or "System Builders" edition of the full version, it should be about the same price as a retail Upgrade version, the only difference is that legally (and there are technical safeguards that enforce it) you cannot transfer the windows 7 license to a new motherboard.
    I would not recommend spending the money at all if you are not reasonably certain that your system will be stable for another couple years. What I mean is, you're better off waiting to pay for Windows until you're set with a new motherboard that you expect to last you 2-5 years.
    Or you could get the Full Version and have the right to transfer it indefinitely as long as only one installation is active at a time.

    Edit (more comment):
    I paid for Full Vista Home Premium (OEM/SBE) for my desktop when I first built it, and it was cool being legit and current a while. But I really hated Vista. Current DirectX support is important to me, so I just dealt with it. But sometime in March my boyfriend finally installed the free Windows 7 upgrade that he redeemed for his new laptop, and it was really nice looking at all. I wasn't sold until he showed me how much less RAM he was using compared to Vista. I had him pirate me Win7 to try out on my laptop, which, with 2GB max RAM, is pretty challenged with Vista + everything else I do. I loved it so much I installed it on my desktop the same night. Now that I think about it, the only other time I ever pirated Windows in the last 15 years, was when I decided to start collecting foreign language versions of Windows XP back in 2004. I had tried Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, and Hebrew, if I remember correctly.
     
  9. Searinox

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    Windows XP pirated -> Vista(unlicensed) -> Windows 7 + maybe w7 crack later?

    Strongly recommending fresh install, but you have nothing to lose since a format awaits you anyway. Give it a shot.
     
  10. myuusmeow

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    Even if you do a custom it will still move your Windows folder, your Program Files folder, and your Documents and Settings folder to a new folder called Windows.Old on the root of your drive.

    I have done this three times and all of them ended up with a Windows.old folder.
     
  11. exangel

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    That certainly depends on what you mean by fresh install.
    For many, perhaps most, it means formatting the disk prior to installation..
    I went from a Full, legitimate Vista install on my laptop to a fresh install of Win7Pro and formatted the disk in the setup.
    It certainly didn't save anything.
     
  12. Elritha

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    Get the upgrade version. It'll still allow you to install as far back as Windows 2000 and onwards.

    You won't be able to do an in-place upgrade, this option is only available for Vista. Instead it'll force you to do a clean install with the upgrade disk.
     
  13. Rydian

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    The only thing upgradeable about the upgrade version is the license.
     
  14. juggernaut911

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    This. If I don't have any backup media onhand, I split the partition, backup to one, install to another, bring crap from the backup partition to the installed partition, delete backup partition, expand installed partition.
     
  15. Am0s

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    thats just installing windows on an existing partition, and windows will just rename the folders, thats not a fresh install, a fresh install or clean install is where you delete the partition and format it, so there is no nasties hanging around from the previous OS