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Windows 7: Win7 Upgrade

14 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Premium
 
 
Win7 Upgrade

Question, my notebook is running Windows 7-Home Premium edition. It has 104/160GB HDD free and 2.8/3GB Memory free. Now Im happy with Home Premium, but I also thought home premium was the top Windows 7 out but i noticed when i looked at my system that i can upgrade to buisness or even Ultimate. Question is, would I benefit from upgrading to ultimate and if i do can i directly jump from Home to ultimate or do i have to step it up to ultimate? But from what i noticed, the only benefit of having ultimate is switching back and forth to XP (if you even wanna call that a benefit)

Also if i upgrade, how do i do it, just input the cd key that I should recieve when I buy the upgrade or do i have to wipe the laptop out completely and do a fresh install? If I have to do a fresh install, ill have to ask how do I do that as well.

Basically I just need a little feedback from anyone who has Home and ultimate, because in the end, I will base my decision off that.

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14 May 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Top of the line is now always the best for all users. Here is a comparison chart of features

Windows Vista: Compare editions

Most members agree that Home Premium is the best for the average users. If any of the features listed in Ultimate is needed by you, that would be the best choice.

It is generally agreed that if you do not need the encrytption feature Home Premium is the way to go.

I use HP and am very satisfiedl
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14 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Senshi09 View Post
Question, my notebook is running Windows 7-Home Premium edition. It has 104/160GB HDD free and 2.8/3GB Memory free. Now Im happy with Home Premium, but I also thought home premium was the top Windows 7 out but i noticed when i looked at my system that i can upgrade to buisness or even Ultimate. Question is, would I benefit from upgrading to ultimate and if i do can i directly jump from Home to ultimate or do i have to step it up to ultimate? But from what i noticed, the only benefit of having ultimate is switching back and forth to XP (if you even wanna call that a benefit)

Also if i upgrade, how do i do it, just input the cd key that I should recieve when I buy the upgrade or do i have to wipe the laptop out completely and do a fresh install? If I have to do a fresh install, ill have to ask how do I do that as well.

Basically I just need a little feedback from anyone who has Home and ultimate, because in the end, I will base my decision off that.

Only you can answer that question for yourself.

Have a look here to see the differences:
Compare, buy Windows 7 software from Microsoft Store

For me & most everyone, HP is all thats needed. That may or may not be the case for you.

Hope this helps. Good luck
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14 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

For most users, Home Premium is the way to go. Personally, I use a couple of features found in Professional (mainly, Remote Desktop hosting).
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14 May 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

The way to upgrade within Windows 7 versions is to buy Anytime Upgrade key, insert it and the extra features unlock.

I do not notice any differences between Ultimate and Premium. Since I use TeamViewer I do not need to initiate Remote Desktop, am not interested in VIrtual Machine or Bitlocker.

Check and compare the features for yourself as suggested earlier.
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14 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

It really is only a decision you can make. One substantial benefit of moving forward from Home Premium, is being able to use XP Mode (available only to Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise users) - Windows 7 features - Windows XP Mode - Microsoft Windows

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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14 May 2010   #7

 
 

The problem with Home Premium is the lack of networking support. Sure there are reg hacks around it, but having to still authenticate to a mapped network drive on Win XP to a Win 7 machine is silly.

I'm considering upgrading to professional.
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14 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by motc7 View Post
but having to still authenticate to a mapped network drive on Win XP to a Win 7 machine is silly.
I'm not sure if an upgrade would solve your issue. It would be much easier to just use the same username/password combo, and making sure the systems are in the same workgroup. That's how it always worked for non-domain networks.
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14 May 2010   #9

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by motc7 View Post
but having to still authenticate to a mapped network drive on Win XP to a Win 7 machine is silly.
I'm not sure if an upgrade would solve your issue. It would be much easier to just use the same username/password combo, and making sure the systems are in the same workgroup. That's how it always worked for non-domain networks.
I have. It (XP) loses connection to the network drive, which is on Windows 7.
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17 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Is it a power-save feature on the XP machine in the NIC card properties?
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