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Windows 7: Upgrade Windows 7 Starter to Home Premium

26 Feb 2011   #1
Irene

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Upgrade Windows 7 Starter to Home Premium

I have a Samsung Netbook which came with Windows 7 Starter and I am finding that I miss the extras of Home Premium Retail which installed on my Desktop PC. I have the Home Premium installation disk which I used, but as far as I am aware it is a single use licence.

The Anytime Upgrade is available on the Samsung, but at a cost of 70 from M$.
Is anyone aware of a more cost effective (legitimate) method?


Having Googled for it, I come up with this:
Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade, Starter to Home Premium (Licence only): Amazon.co.uk: Software.
Anyone know of anywhere better?


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26 Feb 2011   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Yes, buy the home premium family family pack- you'll spend more initially but you'll get 3 retail licenses @ about $50 each.

If you do decide to do that, save an image of your starter install first.
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26 Feb 2011   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Amazon has HP Upgrade Family 3-pack for $99 - three licenses for less than the price of one.

You won't even need to use the DVD, just type Anytime into Start Search box and insert key.

As Bill2 wisely advises, save a Win7 backup image of Starter in case you want to put the native OS back on the machine to sell or service it, or need to start over. Then save an image of Home Premium once it's unlocked.
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26 Feb 2011   #4
Irene

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Yes, buy the home premium family family pack- you'll spend more initially but you'll get 3 retail licenses @ about $50 each.

If you do decide to do that, save an image of your starter install first.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Amazon has HP Upgrade Family 3-pack for $99 - three licenses for less than the price of one.

You won't even need to use the DVD, just type Anytime into Start Search box and insert key.

As Bill2 wisely advises, save a Win7 backup image of Starter in case you want to put the native OS back on the machine to sell or service it, or need to start over. Then save an image of Home Premium once it's unlocked.
Bill2, gregrocker, many thanks for your advice. It's most appreciated.

The family 3-licence pack would in deed be useful if I didn't already have the Retail Home Premium already installed on my Desktop. It really is only the Netbook which I wish to upgrade.

Bill2, I will certainly take your very sound advice about taking an image of its' current state.
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26 Feb 2011   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

The point is that you can buy three licenses which are good for life for less than the price of one.

As long as you keep the key to yourself, you can sell, give or loan a copy to friend or family.

If you are a student (or have one there) they can get them for much lower cost via Digital River.
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26 Feb 2011   #6
Irene

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Good point gregrocker, I hadn't thought of it that way.
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26 Feb 2011   #7
RGDave

windows 7 pro 32 bit (oem) {XP and ubuntu 10.10}
 
 

Hi Irene...I must be near you!

f.w.i.w. I'd think long and hard about using an upgrade. If I was in your position, I'd go the whole hog and consider buying a full version. My personal preference (I never upgrade, just in case of disaster) unless you are confident of backing up the complete O.S. after the upgrade.

Is the netbook good enough to run the full monty?
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26 Feb 2011   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You can clean install an Upgrade version. Doing an in-place Upgrade is only one option and not the preferred one around here since it is a corruption path from Vista.

To qualify for Upgrade version you only need to have XP or Vista which came on the machine, or a retail copy of XP or Vista which you have on hand, none of which need to be installed.

If the qualifying OS is not on the HD, leave the Product Key blank during install then afterward do one of the workarounds given here to activate Upgrade version key on an empty or wiped HD: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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27 Feb 2011   #9
Irene

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RGDave View Post
Hi Irene...I must be near you!

f.w.i.w. I'd think long and hard about using an upgrade. If I was in your position, I'd go the whole hog and consider buying a full version. My personal preference (I never upgrade, just in case of disaster) unless you are confident of backing up the complete O.S. after the upgrade.

Is the netbook good enough to run the full monty?
Hi RGDave, nice to meet you! I live in the Midlands - Staffordshire

I plan to backup the entire internal HD to an external HD before I start. I also used the advisor:
Free Download PC Upgrade Advisor Windows 7 Hardware Programs Issues

The model is a Samsung N220 Plus. I have increased the RAM, so I am as sure as possible that all will be well.

Some useful information here for anyone who is considering using Anytime Upgrade:
Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade PC Easily Add More Features Keep Files
- scroll down past the pricing to "Here are answers to some common questions about Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade."
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27 Feb 2011   #10
RGDave

windows 7 pro 32 bit (oem) {XP and ubuntu 10.10}
 
 

and Hello from over the border - Shropshire!

I guess as you know what you're doing, an upgrade will be fine. If you've added some RAM and know how to back up properly, you are in business.

Good luck with the project.

Dave
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