"upgrade" vs. "full version" on first install

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ifjake, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. ifjake macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    I can get a free copy of the Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade through work, but it's unsure if I can get a full copy or just what they're calling the Upgrade version. Will that work with Bootcamp?
  2. PalinIsATwit macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2010
    Windows Upgrade and Boot Camp

    No. You need the full version.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
  4. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    The upgrade version will work perfectly. You will have to install twice, the first time do not enter your product code and install the 30 day trial, then from within windows run the upgrade again but this 2nd time go ahead and enter in your product code. When you are done installing then install bootcamp 3.2 and all its associated drivers, activate and you are all set.

    This is how I do it, since I'm upgrading from Vista I'd rather not install Vista first.
  5. ifjake thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    I was actually able to find a copy of Windows xp SP2 in my Dad's desk drawer, I'm guessing it's his work copy. Worked fine, passed the validation test, I was able to get service pack 3 going and I'm now running one last round of updates for now. I had been looking at more nefarious ways to get it working, but I'm glad I didn't have to do any of that nonsense. That double install of 7 would have probably been my move otherwise, thanks for the tip.

    Optional Story:
    I had a hankering to get out my old copy of Tron 2.0 because of the new movie. Crossover games wasn't having it (I'm amazed at how well that works on some games). Seems like it'll be Tron 2.0 and Chrome only installed for now (chrome makes 90% of what I used windows infinitely more bearable). I might go ahead and get Office going (also free from school) and maybe figure out how to get iTunes to share libraries between the two partitions (I bet it's been done).

    Now the question is whether or not to actually get Windows 7 through my school or not. XP is sitting pretty so far.

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