Does my Windows upgrade disc require that I have the previous operating system installed?

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Leo, I’ve been thinking about reinstalling my operating system but I’m not sure I can with the installation disc that I have. I had Windows Vista and I then upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium with a disk that states in the upper left corner of the package, “Upgrade designed for Windows Vista”. Does this mean that it will only install if Windows Vista is present? Or will it install Windows 7 Home Premium on a clean hard disk?

I can’t recall ever seeing a disc with an upgrade designed for a specific operating system. That doesn’t mean there isn’t one; it’s just the first time I’ve heard it put that specifically. So, I can’t say exactly what’s required here, but I can absolutely run down the likely and not-so-likely scenarios.

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Why can’t I get software on CDs or DVDs?

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I bought a new HP desktop, which now comes in 64-bit. I also have all kinds of CDs with software from the old PC (a 32-bit machine) which is now outdated and does not work properly in the new 64-bit unit anymore, specifically, Word and Excel. Talking to the computer shop here, they’re telling me that all newer software now comes only as a download where they sell you an activation code and you then go download the software yourself. I don’t like this system at all. I would like to have this software on CD. They also mentioned that Microsoft could sell you a CD for the software. Now I tried their website for this but I got stuck and got nowhere.

It’s true that the world is most definitely turning towards more and more online delivery. Many software packages have been online or ‘download only’ for quite a while. As of late, manufacturers are beginning to assume that we all have super fast Internet connections, and thus are making even large packages online only.

At first blush, that would appear to be the case for Office 2013, but there may be some options.

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I Don’t Have Installation Media for Windows. What If I Need It?

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I need to reinstall Windows, but I don’t have an installation disc. I never got one. What do I do?

It’s becoming more and more common to have a completely legal installation of Windows without installation media such as CDs or DVDs. This can cause some panic when you’re later instructed to make sure that you have media ready before installing some other software or hardware or if you ever find yourself needing to reinstall your system from scratch.

Let’s look at how to prepare for this day and what straws you may have to grasp at should you arrive unprepared.

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