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    another win7 install question

    I downloaded the student win7 offer to my laptop at work because it would have taken forever to download at home.

    Now I have 3 files :-

    Win7-P-Retail-en-us-x86.exe 69.7MB
    setup1.box 2.03GB
    setup2.box 137MB

    I was expecting an ISO image to put on a DVD to do the install - what am I supposed to do with these? The PC I'm putting them on has no OS at the mo so it's a custom install I want to do?

    Do I need to install XP first to upgrade from - seems a bit pointless if I'm then going to do a custom install which formats the HDD anyway?

    Thanks for any help,
    worto.

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    You need Vista. Windows that you downloaded is upgrade from Vista to Win7

    ^^^^^
    hmmm, interesting username, whats we call you? hyphen?

    Original Poster

    You need Vista. Windows that you downloaded is upgrade from Vista to Win7



    Thanks - it says this in the FAQ's from the download page though?

    My PC is running Windows XP. Can I upgrade it to Windows 7?If you're … My PC is running Windows XP. Can I upgrade it to Windows 7?If you're thinking about upgrading a PC from Windows XP to Windows 7, please download and run the free Windows Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC can run Windows 7 acceptably.If you decide to install Windows 7 on a PC running Windows XP, you'll need to do a custom installation. This is sometimes called a "clean install" because it erases the contents of your PC. To avoid losing anything, you'll need to make copies of all the files, photos, and other information you want to keep. You'll also need to have installation disks for all the programs you want to use.If you have an external hard drive, you can use it with the free Windows Easy Transfer program to help back up your files and information.After Windows 7 is installed, you'll need to reinstall your programs and use Windows Easy Transfer to move your files and information back onto your PC



    So I thought I would be able to boot off the DVD I was going to make then choose a custom install? I can get hold of vista if I need to I suppose - just seems like a waste of time & everything I've read says I don't need to?

    student ones are upgrade editions, I dont believe you can burn that to a dvd.

    You should've had an OS to run the .exe (like XP or vista) and then go through the steps from there. Vista means all would've been done through the OS (i.e. no need for dvd)

    All i can suggest is if you got you're serial number or what was needed to register, I would look around to download an untouched original ISO of all the Win7 editions (There are some on torrents) These are perfectly safe becasue its all original. And burn that to a DVD and use your serial to activate it.
    Worth a shot I reckon?

    Where did you download it from?

    Original Poster

    Cheers,

    I think I've found the answer here:-
    ]http//so…ba/

    I downloaded it from microsoft's student offer here ]http//ww…er/ in thier own FAQ on that page it says I can do it - *****.

    Oh well it seems I have a few options anyway

    worto03;6652387

    Cheers,I think I've found the answer … Cheers,I think I've found the answer here:-]http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7install/thread/550b8c94-62b8-48c6-bb81-598f125eadba/I downloaded it from microsoft's student offer here ]http://www.microsoft.com/uk/education/studentoffer/ in thier own FAQ on that page it says I can do it - *****.Oh well it seems I have a few options anyway



    Thanks for the info
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