07-29-2017 05:24 PM - edited 07-29-2017 05:25 PM
I have a T400 running Windows XP Professional that's in pristine condition, that I'd like to upgrade to Win 7 Prof + an SSD + 8GB of RAM. It came with a Window's 7 upgrade DVD (and companion DVD) with instructions that note I will need to do a clean install since I have XP. I specifically had this system downgraded from Vista when it was shipped to me in 2010. The Upgrade DVD says "Win Vista Bus to Win 7 Pro UPG Fulfill Lenovo" on it.
I'm okay with the clean install since I'm running XP, but my question is: if I'm already going to swap out the HDD to an SSD and I need to do a clean install anyway, can I just remove my old HDD, F1 boot from the disk and then install Windows 7 straight to my new SSD? Or will the "Upgrade" version of Windows 7 look for something on the old HDD to give it permission to install?
Thanks for any advice.
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07-29-2017 06:22 PM
If the DVDs came from Lenovo, I am fairly sure it will work fine and use the Vista license in the BIOS
07-30-2017 05:03 PM
Thanks for the response. Yes the DVDs are from Lenovo, And that makes more sense now that I think about it. It looks at the BIOS for Windows auth vs the existing HDD.
So basically i can remove my old HDD, pop in my new SSD, boot from the disk and do a fresh install vs a HDD clone which i've heard is less desirable. Thanks!