Windows 7 Pro Upgrade... and clean install?


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Hello to all, and sorry in advance if this is covered somewhere that I missed while trolling the boards...

I am about to do some major changes to the hardware of my computer system (read: build an *almost* entirely new system) but found one horrible draw-back. I have my Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Upgrade DVD w/ Product Key, and my Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit DVD. I have look EVERYWHERE and can't find the stinking packaging for the Vista DVD, which means I can't locate that product key. They are both licensed, legit versions of the software, neither of which (I think) I am going to be able to use without that Vista Key.

So, my question is this. If I download an .iso version of 7 Pro 64-Bit, am I going to be able to use my Win7 Pro 64-bit Upgrade product key to install the OS? If not, is there some way I can pull the Vista product key from Windows before I do the update? I know I can always just buy a system-builder copy of Windows 7, but I hate to spend the money simply because I can't locate a product key from ~7 years ago...
 
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There are some programs out there the will give you all your product key codes which you can either print out of right down. I use Belarc Advisor..

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

To answer your question; I think so but not sure 100%.

Well, no love there... It did give me the Win 7 Pro Upgrade Key, but that was the one I already had. Thank you for the suggestion, though!

Any other fresh ideas out there?
 

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So you plan to move your Full version Vista upgraded to W7 to a new computer? All you need is the W7 product key. Since you have an upgrade key you may need to do a "double install" but you do not need to install Vista and then run the upgrade to W7, you simply install the W7 upgrade edition twice.
 
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So you plan to move your Full version Vista upgraded to W7 to a new computer? All you need is the W7 product key. Since you have an upgrade key you may need to do a "double install" but you do not need to install Vista and then run the upgrade to W7, you simply install the W7 upgrade edition twice.

I had never heard of this before, and is probably exactly what I needed. Thank you very much, I will give it a try as soon as I get the new equipment together.
 
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Yes, it's the same situation if your hard drive crashes and you have to reinstall on a brand new replacement hard drive.
 
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