I ordered this product last week and forgive me if I am being thick, but is this the full product? I am looking to install it on a newly built machine and want the full package. I have ordered the 'Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Full Version (PC DVD)'
You do indeed have to clean install, but you still need XP to use the "upgrade" disk. Hence "upgrade". In any case, i think people would be crazy to do the "in place upgrade". It ALWAYS causes probs in the long run. Back your files up and clean install no matter how/what you're upgrading from.
In this article: http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/107925/a-windows-to-help-you-forget?mod=career-worklife_balance
Walter Mossberg says: The system for upgrading is complicated, but Vista owners can upgrade to the exactly comparable edition of Windows 7 while keeping all files, settings and programs in place. Unfortunately, XP owners, the biggest body of Windows users, won't be able to do that. They'll have to wipe out their hard disks after backing up their files elsewhere, then install Windows 7, then restore their personal files, then re-install all their programs from the original CDs or downloaded installer files. Then, they have to install all the patches and upgrades to those programs from over the years.
I received my "Full Version" of Windows 7 yesterday 21st.October (Thank you Amazon for the day early) I had installed it by 12 noon !! I had Vista 32-bit installed, but as I had 8gb RAM and 32-bit only recognises approx 3.5gb, I did a clean/full install with the 64-bit disc (both included in the box) I had backed all my photo's/music, but had left connected my modem, printer & scanner, and Windows7 found all the latest drivers for these and all for the other components on my P.C. motherboard, sound card, graphics card etc. I did not have to download one driver from the Internet. It took a couple of hours to install all my programmes from all the discs which I had kept. But doing a clean install I got rid of all the crap & bugs that had built up over the last couple of years, so how much crap/bugs on P.C. with XP ?? I would like to use an old Scottish saying in describing Windows7 - FANDABBYDOOZY!!