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Windows 7: Upgrade win7starter>home premium on new netbook w/msdn?

10 Dec 2009   #1
pcgeek

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 
Upgrade win7starter>home premium on new netbook w/msdn?

Im giving a new netbook as a gift but it comes with windows 7 starter. Is there a reason for not upgrading to Home Premium due to ram, etc? Ive heard starter is recommended for net-books but its pretty much stripped isn't it?

Also, Is there a way of doing the upgrade through the Windows anytime upgrade but using a MSDN retail home premium key? I ask this because it sounds easier to do that way since it doesn't have a DVD drive.


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10 Dec 2009   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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10 Dec 2009   #3
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

The only reason Windows 7 Starter is on netbooks is to lower the initial cost of buy it.
There is no reason the full version of Home Premium or even Ultimate cannot run on it.
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10 Dec 2009   #4
poin2

Windows7
 
 

I believe starter lacks things like the Aero interface.

If you start turning that on on a netbook you can certainly slow it down, but there's otherwise no reason it can't run Home Premium in general. It sounds like a lot of people are frustrated by not being able to change wallpaper in starter in particular.

If you have a legitimate home premium key, I'd simply put the iso on a USB drive and install it that way. If you do anything with the Anytime Upgrade, I believe you're getting a key (and install media) as well -- which is pointless if you already have a key and access to the correct media.
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10 Dec 2009   #5
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Netbooks are pointless, but Premium will work - most likely slooowly with too many apps open.
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10 Dec 2009   #6
pcgeek

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by poin2 View Post
If you have a legitimate home premium key, I'd simply put the iso on a USB drive and install it that way. If you do anything with the Anytime Upgrade, I believe you're getting a key (and install media) as well -- which is pointless if you already have a key and access to the correct media.
Well it Seems like in vista's anytime upgrade, you could enter your key before you downloaded so you got the right version to install... Wonder if 7 is the same way? Not sure how to do the whole boot from USB thing. Would it take forever to upgrade either way? Ive heard 6 hrs or is that just if upgrading from Vista?.
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10 Dec 2009   #7
gregrocker

 

People have reported that they successfully inserted Upgrade or Full Version key into anytime upgrade.

Jonathan?
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11 Dec 2009   #8
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
People have reported that they successfully inserted Upgrade or Full Version key into anytime upgrade.

Jonathan?
Yes, certainly. I bought Pro for $29.99 directly from Microsoft, and the key they gave me worked in Anytime. That's not to guarantee all upgrade/full keys work in Anytime, but at least mine did.
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22 Apr 2010   #9
drewpul

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Signature Edition
 
 

Can you revert back to starter after you upgrade?
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22 Apr 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

Make a System Image of Starter in case you want to roll back; just reimage the HD in 20 minutes.

Other than that you'd have to clean reinstall, as far as I know.
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