Hope all is well. I just purchased a Toshiba Satellite P855-S520 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), SP1 already installed and would like to upgrade it Windows 7 Ultimate.
I had already purchased a retail version for Windows 7 Ultimate before (the full version not the upgrade) and would like to use this for the upgrade.
I looked around the forums for some advice and found some very useful stuff but I would appreciate if someone could help with the following. My apologies if the answers were posted already. Must have missed them.
1. I read about the Windows Anytime Upgrade feature. Will AU work with the full Windows 7 Ultimate retail key or does it specifically work with an upgrade key?
2. If I use the AU and it is successful, will the new Windows 7 Ultimate key be converted to an OEM version as well? The full-version retail key I have gives me the right to install this to 3 computers. I do not want to lose this right since I may use it for different computers in the future.
3. Is it better to go for AU or a clean install of Windows 7?
Since I just purchased the laptop, I have no personal data or programs installed so I do not have to worry about losing data. However Toshiba has certain software installed with the laptop. My understanding of a clean install is that everything will be wiped clean and then necessary software e.g. drivers
, etc... need to be installed again. On the other hand, once I upgrade to Ultimate perhaps some of this software will become obsolete?
I am leaning towards AU since it looks less of an hassle and I am not that tech savvy but I read that a clean install may increase performance by getting rid of the 'bloatware'. Any advice on this would be appreciated.
Thank you in advance.