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Windows 7: Win 7 Starter to Home Premium?


20 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Win 7 Starter to Home Premium?

MY wife wants to buy a netbook (no DVD drive). It comes with Starter but she wants HP. If she buys the upgrade is it done by a download (with checks on the existing s/w)?

She already has a laptop that came with Vista and I upgraded it with 7HP. If I revert back to Vista can I then use the serial key on the new netbook to upgrade that to 7HP?

The upgrade kit I have is for an Acer Aspire but the new netbook will be a Samsung N310, I suppose that means I can't do what I want?

Thanks.

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20 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

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20 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

People still use DVD drives to install Windows? Have Windows 7 ready to be installed from a flash drive, and do the Anytime Upgrade on the Starter edition, putting in her legit key for Home Premium. It will upgrade to Home Premium, and possibly ask for the install media...which would be the flash drive.
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21 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7
 
 

The upgrade media is marked as Acer Upgrade DVD, and contains Acer upgrade wizard, apps and drivers.. There is a second DVD - Windows Upgrade Media Windows 7, provided by Acer. The leaflet tells me to insert the Acer Upgrade DVD, then Windows 7 DVD, then Upgrade DVD again to install apps and drivers.

We wanted to use this upgrade on a Samsung netbook. Can this be done? Do I just use the Windows 7Upgrade media disk only?

Thanks.
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21 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

For Anytime Upgrade you don't need any disc or media.
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21 Oct 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

The Windows 7 Upgrade kits have bootable clean copy installation DVD which can be used to clean reinstall the OS, thanks to MS requiring this for manufacturers to participate in the program. Perfect Reinstall

However I don't think an Acer Upgrade Kit key can be used on another machine to upgrade either in-place, via clean reinstall or just inserting the key into Anytime Upgrade as you can with a retail key - although you can try.

Easiest for the purpose you describe is to simply buy Anytime Upgrade key for Home Premium to insert after typing Anytime in Start Search box. After a few minutes the additional features will be unlocked, then you should save a Windows 7 backup image so you never have to reinstall/upgrade again. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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21 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7
 
 

OK. thanks for that. Still mulling it over. I had found a Samsung with an upgrade to HP but now discover it is out of stock!

I may well be back for more help!
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30 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7
 
 

She has now bought an Acer Aspire D257 netbook so that hopefully, we can use the Acer upgrade disks off the old Acer on the new Acer netbook (after I remove 7 HP from the old system).

Is this feasible? Seem a waste to buy another Anytime upgrade.

Thanks.
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30 Oct 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

I'm pretty sure the Upgrade Kit key is OEM version so it becomes tied to the first mobo installed upon, but you can still try it and it may activate.

Be sure to make a Windows 7 backup image and back up the Recovery Disks (look for USB flash stick option) of the preinstalled OS. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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30 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7
 
 

I'm in a bit of a bind here I think.

I completely forgot about doing a backup image before I started configuring the netbook. there was nothing on the piece of paper that came with it to remind me, so I've now configured the netbook by taking off all the junk etc and adding other programs. There were no disks with it anyway as it doesn't have a disk drive.

I have backed it up in it's current state to an external USB drive from within Acer eRecovery (system and drivers and apps) and I could also do an Acronis True Image of C:\ but I assume I can't now get it back to factory state?

Does anyone know for sure whether I can use the key off the original Acer laptop (after I've removed it) I could ask Microsoft I suppose.

Thanks Greg.
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