Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Hardware and Technology > Computer Help

Forums
· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions
   

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-13-2010, 12:00 PM   #1
xboxist
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 3,027
Default help me install Win 7 (OEM) onto an existing XP computer

Hi:

Would someone be able to walk me through, or point to a reference that will help me in my exact situation?

I have an existing computer with XP on it (dedicated O/S hard drive), but am not ready to build a new machine quite yet. I got my hands on a Windows 7 disc ("OEM for system builders") and want to transition over to it.

From there, I have no idea what to do. Perhaps the Windows 7 is disk smart enough to know what I need done and it will take care of it all for me? Or do I have to format stuff, etc.

Thank you in advance!
xboxist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2010, 04:02 PM   #2
Raduque
Lifer
 
Raduque's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 11,137
Default

Do you want to clean format? Do you want to dual-boot? If you don't care about it just put in the Windows 7 DVD and boot from it, then just keep hitting "Next" till it's installed.
__________________
Wrote a note said Be Back in a Minute
Bought a boat and I sailed off in it
Don't think anybody's gonna miss me anyway


Heat
ForSale
Raduque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2010, 04:08 PM   #3
Gunbuster
Diamond Member
 
Gunbuster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 6,316
Default

"OEM for system builders" sounds a little suspicious. If it's a OEM CD it will only work if it detects the correct BIOS (Dell for example)

Are you sure this is not really the "OEM for torrent users edition"?
__________________
Committee for the Liberation and Integration of Terrifying Organisms and their Rehabilitation Into Society
Gunbuster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2010, 04:57 PM   #4
Raduque
Lifer
 
Raduque's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 11,137
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunbuster View Post
"OEM for system builders" sounds a little suspicious. If it's a OEM CD it will only work if it detects the correct BIOS (Dell for example)

Are you sure this is not really the "OEM for torrent users edition"?
Ahem.
__________________
Wrote a note said Be Back in a Minute
Bought a boat and I sailed off in it
Don't think anybody's gonna miss me anyway


Heat
ForSale
Raduque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2010, 05:37 PM   #5
Blazer
Golden Member
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Posts: 1,051
Default

just put the cd in and reboot and watch the black screen and choose yes where it ask boot from cd, select yes install, when ask where to install you will see the disk, click on the disk to select and choose delete partition, that way win 7 will format the disk as needed and do the install, have it connected to the internet so win 7 can download and install all needed updates [ you should have atleast a 1.5mbps internet connection ] , it will reboot twice i think , maybe more if needed, once it starts the install donot select boot fron cd again as that will put you into a continuos reboot, eventually you'll come to the welcome screen at that point you need to install a virus software [have it ready to install], microsoft security essentials is free and NAG free that has good detection rates, this method is used for a Fresh install so anything that is on the disk will be lost forever! backup as needed.
Blazer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2010, 08:32 AM   #6
xboxist
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 3,027
Default

I have no reservations about blanking the HD that XP is currently installed on. So then it sounds like the W7 install process will properly format and install onto that HD without a hitch?

Thanks!

PS - no, no dual boot needed

Last edited by xboxist; 01-14-2010 at 08:35 AM.
xboxist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2010, 09:30 AM   #7
Blazer
Golden Member
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Posts: 1,051
Default

on a clean install you should have no problem, just remember to delete the partition that xp was on, and format the drive.
Blazer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2010, 11:50 AM   #8
Raduque
Lifer
 
Raduque's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 11,137
Default

Toss the DVD in and boot from it, when you get to the drive window, hit "advanced" (maybe "more"?) and then hit delete, then hit new and continue on from there.
__________________
Wrote a note said Be Back in a Minute
Bought a boat and I sailed off in it
Don't think anybody's gonna miss me anyway


Heat
ForSale
Raduque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2010, 12:58 PM   #9
xboxist
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 3,027
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Blazer View Post
on a clean install you should have no problem, just remember to delete the partition that xp was on, and format the drive.
Ok, I think I get it. Just to clarify... this is stuff that I can do through the install DVD? Or is this stuff I need to do before I even put the disc in the tray?

PS -- in other words, I don't have to navigate through DOS to format and partition, right? The disc will do it for me?

Last edited by xboxist; 01-14-2010 at 01:03 PM.
xboxist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2010, 01:51 PM   #10
crosshairs
Golden Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: North East PA and NJ
Posts: 1,067
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xboxist View Post
Ok, I think I get it. Just to clarify... this is stuff that I can do through the install DVD? Or is this stuff I need to do before I even put the disc in the tray?

PS -- in other words, I don't have to navigate through DOS to format and partition, right? The disc will do it for me?
This is stuff you do during the initial steps of the install....put the disc in and boot from it...just follow the directions and read carefully, Its really very simple.

it will not allow an upgrade from XP, so a clean install will probably be your only option.

Im sure you know this, but just to be safe...you will lose everything that is currently on that drive, so if you have any documents or pictures or anything else, burn them to a CD or DVD before you start.
crosshairs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2010, 03:20 PM   #11
xboxist
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 3,027
Default

Right, got it. I have an external drive that I will toss things onto if need be.

Thanks again.
xboxist is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.