I recently bought an HP Pavilion 6213w-b that came with Win 7 (64-bit) Premium Home Edition preloaded. I didn't get any CDs with it.
I also didn't get an installation ID string of 20 or more characters with it either, or if I did, I don't know where it is. The box that the PC came in is up in the attic full of Christmas decorations, so while I CAN get to it, it's a bit of a hassle.
So, if I upgrade to Windows 7 Pro Edition online, I've been told that all I'll probably get is an email with a new ID string, but will I need the old one to tell Microsoft that I have an authentic edition?
Regardless, I suppose I should have the current Home Ed's ID string written down someplace, so where can I find it or get it?
Also, I've seen some discussions on here on the value of doing a clean install vs upgrading, but I'm not all that PC literate, and I don't really want to risk losing what I've already transferred from my old PC to my new one plus any new stuff. Plus, being unemployed (the money used to buy the new PC was part of a job exit settlement), I'm pretty much played out financially when it comes to PC enhancements, so an upgrade copy sounds a lot less expensive than buying Windows 7 Pro's complete package.
Any ideas would be very much appreciated. I Googled something like "help for problems with Windows 7" and SevenForums.com came up - I'm so glad there's a central point for information and discussions from rational PC users who speak and write in English, mostly.