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Windows 7: Can I upgrade?

14 Feb 2010   #1

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Can I upgrade?

Hi, I just bought a netbook that runs 7 starter. My office purchased an upgrade for 7 professional.

Can i upgrade from starter to pro?

Thanks in advance!


Processor & Cache Intel® Atom™ N270 1.6GHz Processor Operating System Windows 7 Starter Chipsets Intel® 945GSE+ICH7M System Memory DDR2 2GB LCD Display 10.1" 1024x600 LCD Panel Graphics & Video Module UMA Audio HD Audio, Stereo speakers HDD 160GB SATA Webcam 0.3M Card Reader 4-in-1 Card Reader, SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro Communication Ports Built-in 10/100 LAN
Built-in 802.11b/g
Bluetooth Supported (Bluetooth is optional)
I/O Ports Graphics Card Output (15-pin, D-Sub) X 1 VGA
USB2.0 Port X 3
Mic-in Port X 1/Line-in Port x 1
Headphone Output X 1
LAN Port X 1
AC Adaptor Output: 20V DC, 40W / Input: 100~ 240V AC, 50/60Hz universal Battery Pack & Life 6 cells (aprox 5 hrs.) Dimension & Weight 10.4" x 7.1" x 1.3" (WxDxH)
2.6lbs. With full system and battery

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14 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You probably can, though you may not need to, and you'll notice a small performance drop.
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14 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Hi rocki934 and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Why not give it a go and see? Just make sure that you follow the instructions on how to make restore disks for your netbook first, and create them so that you can revert back should things go awry.
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14 Feb 2010   #4

windows 7 starter

Thanks for the responses--Can anyone help me understand my video card issues? From the 7 pro update install requirements:
Video cardDirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or later driver
Also, anyone know of an online tutorial for making restore disks? does it matter that i don't have an optical drive?
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14 Feb 2010   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rocki934 View Post
Thanks for the responses--Can anyone help me
anyone know of an online tutorial for making restore disks? does it matter that i don't have an optical drive?
Have look at the manual for your Netbook, how to make recvery disks.

This from a Acer:

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14 Feb 2010   #6

windows 7 starter

cool! i actually just tried the upgrade anytime program and it told me i can upgrade!

Next Question:

I have a volume license key for 7 pro upgrade-- well , i actually have 2-- a MAK and a KMS. Can someone explain to me what that means?
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14 Feb 2010   #7

Windows Seven x64

Here's a quote from Microsoft about the Keys:
Volume Activation provides two different models for completing volume activations. The first model is Key Management Service (KMS) and the second is Multiple Activation Key (MAK). KMS allows organizations to activate systems within their own network, while MAK activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft’s hosted activation services. Customers can use either or both key types to activate systems in their environment.
I am not that familiar with the different Key types, so I don't know how much I can help, The website I found this information on is HERE..

Hope this Helps..
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