Microsoft official method for clean install using upgrade media

Microsoft is now communicating (in an official Dutch Press Release) their method of doing a clean install using upgrade media of Windows 7. It is the same method that worked with Vista and involves installing it twice:

  • Do a clean install of Windows 7 using an upgrade installation media (DVD/USB)
  • When installation is done, do not activate it, as it will not accept your product key.
  • Within 30 days (or before activating is required) do an upgrade installation again of using Windows 7 upgrade media (DVD/USB).
  • Now you will be able to activate Windows 7 using your product key

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Windows 7 ISO, Bootable Media and the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

One of the big benefits of buying ESD aside from the environmental one, is that it increases the convenience of buying software online.  Not only can you typically get it faster than waiting for a physical shipment in the mail, but you also get the benefit of being able to re-download it in case you need to reinstall in the future.  Additionally, we also store your product key in the cloud so you don’t have to keep silly post it notes or DVD jewel cases around. Logo_Windows_7

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The 10 Things to Do First for Windows 7

When you run your thumb down the list of new features and improvements in Windows 7 (see the feature comparison chart at, you’re bound to wonder how you’re going to get your arms around all that new technology so that you can deliver it to your users without too much disruption.

Following are 10 steps that can help you accomplish that goal.


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Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor – Version 2

The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC for potential compatibility issues and lets you know about your Windows 7 upgrade options. Within minutes, you’ll get a report that tells you if your PC meets the system requirements, if any known compatibility issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs are found, and gives guidance on what to do to before installing Windows 7 on your PC. Logo_Windows_7

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Windows XP Mode for Windows 7


Designed for Small and Medium Businesses


Windows XP Mode was designed for the small and medium business user who
doesn’t have a lot of resources to spend on IT or on revamping important software.
Windows XP Mode extends the lifecycle of many older Windows XP applications
to continue providing business value.

Once you install these applications directly in your Windows XP Mode environment,
they will be published to your Windows 7 desktop.

With just one click, the business user can run many Windows XP applications from
a Windows 7 desktop just as if it were a Windows 7 application. There’s no need to
re-train the user, or to re-learn the application.


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Unattend Deploy Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010

Unattend deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 RC (Release Candiate). MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for unattended / automatically operating system and application deployment. Look for new features in MDT 2010 including flexible driver management, optimized transaction process, and access to distribution shares from any location to simplify deployment and make your job easier. Save time and money when you deploy faster and easier with MDT 2010.

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Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (ISO)

The Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is now available for download.

The Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 provides documentation, samples, header files (including C++ compilers), libraries, and tools designed to help you develop Windows applications using both native (Win32®) and managed (.NET Framework) technologies.

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7

Windows 7; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista; Windows XP Hard disk space – choose a disk drive with a minimum of 2.5 GB of free space. We highly recommend that you have your machine fully patched through Microsoft Update before beginning setup. The .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 tools and samples contained in this SDK require installation of the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 which is available with Visual Studio 2008 or a standalone install of the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.

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