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Q: Windows 7 Starter to Ultimate.Upgrade/Clean Install Error or stocked.


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A: Windows 7 Starter to Ultimate.Upgrade/Clean Install Error or stocked.

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

You can only upgrade from Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Ultimate by the Windows Anytime Upgrade method.

Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

If your computer is running Win 7 Starter it shouldn't have any problem with Win 7 Ultimate.
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Thanks in advance.

A:Upgrade from Windows 7 Starter to Ultimate with regular DVD

Use Anytime Upgrade: Type "Anytime" in Start Search box to start the Process, insert your Ultimate Product Key, the extra features will be unlocked in just a few minutes.

Be sure to make your Acer Recovery Disks first, or save a Win7 backup image so you have a path back to the licensed OS on that machine. You may decide you want to move your retail Win7 Ultimate to another machine. You may also find a cheaper Ultimate Anytime Upgrade key.
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i will put the _exact_ message in and edit here in about 10 minutes, doing another try right now, i just thought someone might know something from the error code!

A:Error : 0x8007048F while doing a clean install of windows vista ultimate

Most errors of this type appear to be related to disk issues or Windows Media Player. Since this is a fresh install, the most likely case is that there are disk issues.How many hard drives are in your system?How are they described in the System BIOS (SATA/IDE, Master/Slave, etc)?How many partitions are on each drive (and which one are you installing the Vista on?)?I'd start with running a diagnostic on your hard drive (from the manufacturer of the hard drive). The most common one's are linked to in this topic: may also want to run chkdsk /r from the command prompt from the Startup Repair option on your Vista DVD ( )
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A:Ultimate Upgrade won't upgrade--only Clean Install option given

I am not going to answer your question, directly, but will say that a clean install is always better. Go with the clean install. You do not save time with an upgrade if you take into account the multitude of problems that may occur.
Back up your stuff, use Windows Easy Transfer and all you need to do is reinstall your software and you have the very best installatio, a clean install.
Enter your key after you have used the system for a few days, your software is all installed and you are satisfied, you have 30 days, which can be extended.
Clean Install From Upgrade Vista
Would you want your old car after being detailed or a brand new 2012 car, it works the same with the OS.
If you choose not to use my advice, you need to have SP1 with an SP1 install.
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The way I understand it is you have to start all over or you will have activation problems
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A:upgrade my windows 7 starter to windows 7 ultimate/professional/home

Stop making double threads, you already asked and got answered in the other subforum.
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A:Windows 7 starter ISO for clean install?

From Windows use Complete PC Restore.

From boot use the F4 key.
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A:Windows 7 starter clean install

Hi you would probably be better contacting Hp and order a usb recovery kit Looking for HP Recovery Discs or an HP USB Recovery Drive? | HP? Support
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A:Windows Starter Product Key Won't Work With Clean Home Premium Install

Make your own Universal Install DVD or USB flash that has Starter on it.

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I bought the .ISO file from eKey Market for about $55.  

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A:Clean windows 7 ultimate install freezing

You have at least 4 components to consider: SSD, Windows disks, RAM, and motherboard. I'd try to eliminate each as the cause of the problem.

Can you test the RAM using memtest??

Are you using known legitimate Windows disks?

If you try to install onto the 750 GB hard drive, can you get past the freeze point?

Can you try to install to your older motherboard?
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A:Windows 7 Ultimate x64 clean install issues.

Not sure what's happening here but when you're installing 7 the partitioner should show what partitions are on the drive as well as show the options to delete them under advanced settings. Delete all partitions and then hit next, it should install fine on the hdd.
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A:Clean OS Install-Windows 7 Ultimate/Home OEM over Windows 8(.1) comp

Quote: Originally Posted by Spectr3

Before I get to the point of no return on this, can my Windows 7 OEM discs successfully delete 8 partitions to create 1 partition to install an older OS on a Windows 8.1 Lenovo? (I have valid product keys).

I've never heard that any Win 7 installation disc can't delete whatever partitions you want to delete. If push comes to shove, you can certainly delete partitions through other methods.

You want to install Windows 7 on a Lenovo PC that was originally sold with 8.1, using a "Windows 7 OEM" disc?


Tell us more about the "Windows 7 OEM" disc and the "valid product keys" you have.
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A:Error during clean installation of Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

A shot in the dark here, do you need to load any drivers for the DVD/CD player?

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A:HP windows 7 upgrade -> CLEAN install

When you ran the DVD it saw an OS and that was all that is needed to accept Upgrade version key without a workaround.

Check your HP Support Downloads page for your model for any missing drivers or apps. Google if necc.
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The Upgrade versions needs to see a previous version of Windows; otherwise the installed Windows 8 will not activate; see link below!

Windows 8 upgrade clean install - activation blocked - PC & Mac Hardware and Software - Digital Spy Forums
There is another article which discusses this subject, on this link:-

Windows 8 Upgrade: clean install possible?

Again, Windows 8 would not activate!

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A:Windows 8 Upgrade: clean install possible?

Is this a one off incident, or is there some truth in this

Yes, this true.
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A:How do I clean install Windows 7 upgrade to new mac?

Hello otissmithd, welcome to Seven Forums!

I have no idea at all if this will work on a mac but since you own a qualifying Windows version, have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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A:Clean Install With Windows 7 Upgrade

Somebody, welcome to Sevenforums!

Follow this tutorial: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version (by Brink). The tutorial mentions many methods, but I do not believe there is any other way (other than what the tutorial lists).

Good luck!
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Does he have to load Windows vista or 7 again, so he can try a Windows 8 custom install to wipe out drive and get clean install?

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Thank you for the help.

A:Clean Install of Windows 8 again on an upgrade.

Hello Techy,

Resetting Windows 8 is just about the same as a clean install. I'd say give that a try first. The Windows 8 installation DVD will need to be inserted since it will be needed to do the reset with.

Your friend could also do a traditional clean install with the Windows 8 upgrade anytime as well.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Hope this helps,
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A:**FIX** Install Windows 8 Pro UPGRADE to clean HDD

Hello Metamorphic,

No need to go through all that, and violating the EULA by tampering with a system file and activation like that.

Instead, you could just as easily use the method below to legally do a clean install with a Windows 8 upgrade, and have it activated afterwards.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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Thanks in advanced

A:Windows 7 upgrade clean install

Yes, see
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Yes, you can .... Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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A:Windows 8 upgrade to clean install

Hello Dixie, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Yes. You will be able to do a clean install with your upgrade copy of Windows 8 without having to install Windows 7 first. You would just enter your Windows 8 product key during installation.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Hope this helps,
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A:Windows 7 Upgrade - Clean Install Question

Just save your files externally, then boot into the Win7 upgrade installer and choose Custom install>Advanced tools, delete each partition, create new ones as you please, format and install to first partition.

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A:Windows Vista Upgrade Clean Install Over?

Today at work we tried the workaround with a Windows Anytime Upgrade disk - and it wouldn't work until Vista Home Premium was activated - then we were able to complete the upgrade to Ultimate. It didn't work within Windows or when booting from the DVD. We ended up doing the upgrade (rather than the clean install) to preserve the Windows.old directory on his hard drive - but the option to do the Custom install was available after activation.

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A:Upgrade/Clean install Windows 8 RTM/GA in the future

I'm not sure that the answers to your questions are yet available.

However, if Win8 is like 7, an upgrade copy would normally be launched from an installed OS. (Exception: when you're changing from 32 bit to 64 bit, or 64 to 32.) You need a product key only to the extent that you need a previous OS installed to run the upgrade.

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Hi Imageman

Have a look at these tutorial:

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A:Clean Install with Windows 7 Upgrade disc.

If so how do I delete the partition and perform a clean wipe/install? Have we got an idiot guide.

Take a look here:
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Looks to be possible through this process.
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Justd do it the way it shows in the tutorial.

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Thank you for clearing this up.

The past few days have been a constant battle against misinformation that an Upgrade clean install can be done from boot. Even some regulars have insisted this on thin evidence that the XP Upgrade installer could boot and ask for the qualifying OS key, something which hasn't been in effect since XP.

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I would be grateful if you can let me know ? I have Windows 8.1, I want to have clean install Windows 10 but first I want upgrade to Windows 10 ? keep this for few days to see everything is WORKING and OK then do CLEAN INSTALL of Windows 10. Can I do this ? If yes then please guide me or let me know how to do this. My email address is <removed>

Once more thanks and I do appreciate for all the advise.

Yours faithfully,


A:First Upgrade to Windows 10 then after few days CLEAN INSTALL

I have removed your email address - ALL communication and support should be kept in the forums as per our rules
ALSO putting your email on public forums is the quickest way to get spam

Yes you can do that using the ISO from here

You must do an upgrade first - so that MS can see an orginal valid license for the software and then assign a windows 10 key
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With 8.1
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Doing a Repair Install to activate Upgrade version keeps everything exactly in place, reinstalls the OS and reconfigures the boot. It only clears some custom visual effects settings and clears activation for your Upgrade key to be inserted. In fact, you should be able to insert your key at the first prompt since it will see your underlying OS as qualifying for Upgrade version key.

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Do you have an error code or screen shot?
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Can you post a screenshot of your disk management window? Write "disk management" in the Start menu searchbox and then press Enter to bring it up. It will tell us if there is or not a recovery partition. If the hdd was changed, I'm pretty sure there isn't anymore, but it's still worth checking.

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A:How to Upgrade to Windows 10 - Information on Obtaining a Clean Install

Helpful videos Philip, if a bit quick with all those menu choices. I had to keep pausing and rewinding to catch things.
What this doesn't show though is whether the upgrade to Windows 10 or the subsequent clean reinstall from a recovery drive would remove any third party programs including Dell apps, as your Windows 10 desktop screen is empty.
I would guess the initial upgrade would not remove third party programs as the W8 to 8.1 didn't. But if the Recovery Drive is created through Windows 10, does this also keep everything on the machine, or does it reinstall just W10 and anything Microsoft is providing?
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You're just going about it slightly askew:

You want to install your OS and Programs to the SSD, since programs write registry keys to the OS such that they are integrated into it until uninstalled.

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Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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This should be what you're working from: User Folders - Change Default Location:
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A:Clean install with upgrade version without windows.old file?

Hello Johhny,

Sorry, but no. However, you can just delete the Windows.old folder afterwards to regain the HDD space.

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It's best to uninstall the ie11 update if installed and hide it when it comes up,
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When you upgraded you should have seen the option to create a DVD, .ISO or flash media version of the file. If you didn't do this, just run the upgrade assistant again, enter your product key, then download a new version of Windows 8 and create an .ISO.

Or, you could reinstall Windows 7 (may be required if you upgraded from an OEM version) and go here:

Upgrade to Windows 8 with only a product key - Microsoft Windows
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A:A CLEAN install of windows 8 upgrade after disk wipe.

Welcome to the forums zooburner, you don't need to wipe your hard drive (with zero), you will be able to choose full format during the upgrade process. One of the requirements for upgrade is that you need to have a licenced copy of windows installed in your PC.
When you do the upgrade, choose "Custom Install".
What are the cheapest and easiest upgrade paths to Windows 8? | ZDNet
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A:[SOLVED] Upgrade or clean install to Windows Vista?

go to win 7

clean install is the best option,do the upgrade it can take a few hours,it is usually quicker to save what you need and reinstall as the clean install only takes approx half an hour

it will save having to buy win 7 until it is released and having to buy vista
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Is your Win 7 installation disc burned, borrowed, OEM, retail, or what?

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A clean install
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips
This is the best way to install
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A:Performing Clean Install Upgrade on Windows 8 Dell Laptop

Originally Posted by rama

1.1)I'll create the installation media from a windows 8.1 MSDN ISO using a USB drive. When I start the installation process it will ask me where I want to reinstall it to. Do I just choose the OS partition? Won't the recovery partition be based on a Windows 8 image and be useless from now on?

Delete all partitions until you only see Drive 0 Unallocated Space.

How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key?

Windows 7/8 setup: Installing using Legacy BIOS Boot Mode or UEFI Boot Mode.

Originally Posted by rama

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Note: This usually does not work if your hard disk is blank: link

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Once more thanks and I do appreciate for all the advise.

Yours faithfully,


A:First Upgrade to Windows 10 then after few days CLEAN INSTALL Windows 10

I have removed your email address - ALL communication and support should be kept in the forums as per our rules
ALSO putting your email on public forums is the quickest way to get spam

Yes you can do that using the ISO from here

You must do an upgrade first - so that MS can see an orginal valid license for the software and then assign a windows 10 key
After the upgrade you can then do a clean install

I would wait a bit longer than a few days , to check everything works OK
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With 8.1
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A:Win 7 Ultimate, clean install, get 0x8004FF91 trying to install MSE

Thank you cooltouch for following my suggestion and posting here.

I do see problems but I'm not knowledgeable enough to offer help at this time.

Just hang in there and a expert will be a long.
Sometimes it takes a little while because they are busy and in different time zones.

I'm not understanding this.

Windows License Type: Retail
ASRock 890GX Pro3

File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\slc.dll[6.1.7600.16385], Hr = 0x800b0100 File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\slui.exe[6.1.7601.17514], Hr = 0x80092003

Hopefully when a expert drops by you will get fixed and I get a little knowledge.
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Hello jasco999, welcome to Seven Forums!

As you say, multi booting Windows and Linux is best done on separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) have a look at the info below to see the best way to go about it and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Just be sure not to change where the original HDD SATA cable was connected, it has to be re-connected to the exact same port to avoid boot issues.

Install the second OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the first HDD with the first OS on it.

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I hope I have given enough info.

Thanks in anticipation.

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Hi and welcome. No it is not normal.

First reboot your computer, then install KB3020369, if not installed.
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Ive just bought and installed windows 7 ultimate N which includes SP1 and used the x64 disc,the install went fine and i authenticated online the same day,now when i try to update windows im getting the 800B0100 error,ive visited MS website and ran the SURT and it had no effect,ive ran SFC scan and collected the logs which i have attached (hope that worked ok)

I hope you can help me fix this error

Thank you

A:800B0100 error - on new install of windows 7 ultimate N x64

Hello kinetic, welcome to SevenForums!

Your CheckSUR log shows the corruption:

Checking System Update Readiness.
Binary Version 6.1.7601.21645
Package Version 20.0
2013-09-12 20:55

Checking Windows Servicing Packages

Checking Package Manifests and Catalogs
(f) CBS MUM Corrupt 0x800F0900 servicing\Packages\WUClient-SelfUpdate-Aux-AuxComp~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~7.6.7600.256.mum Line 1:
(f) CBS Catalog Corrupt 0x800B0100 servicing\Packages\
(f) CBS MUM Corrupt 0x800F0900 servicing\Packages\WUClient-SelfUpdate-Aux-MiniLP~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~7.6.7600.256.mum Line 1:
(f) CBS MUM Corrupt 0x800F0900 servicing\Packages\WUClient-SelfUpdate-Aux~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~7.6.7600.256.mum Line 1:
(f) CBS Catalog Corrupt 0x800B0100 servicing\Packages\

Checking Package Watchlist

Checking Component Watchlist

Checking Packages

Checking Component Store

Seconds executed: 51
Found 5 errors
CBS MUM Corrupt Total count: 3
CBS Catalog Corrupt Total count: 2

Unavailable repair files:
Windows Update Package Replacement

Warning: this fix is specific to the user in this thread. No one else should follow these instructions as it may cause more harm than good. If you are after assistance, please start a thread of your own.
Please download the attached file, and save this to your Desktop.
Right-click on the file and select Extract All...
Tick the box labelled Show extracted files when complete then click Extract
A window will open showing two folders, Manifests and Packages
Open the Manifests folder and copy the files into the following folder (if there are any files)


Open the Packages folder and copy the files into the following folder (if there are any files)


Run the System Update Readiness Tool (SURT) again
When the SURT finishes installing, copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) the contents of the SURT log into your next post please:

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A:Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit install ERROR 0x8007045D

Back up your files, unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install:

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At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

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A:Error in install windows 7 ultimate on my laptop

Where did you get Win7? Did you burn the DVD yourself

How is it being activated?

What is the native OS version on that laptop?
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I install it via USB and in .iso format and I download it from Microsoft directly. Help me please!

A:Tried to install Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, but it pops up an error!

Confirm you downloaded completely the correct ISO for your licensed version and wrote it to flash stick with Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool.

Then boot the installation stick to delete all partitions during install, create and format new partition(s) to install, ignoring the small boot partition it will create.

If problems persist work through the steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums