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Windows 7: Switch Win7 Pro and Ultimate to opposite computers?

27 Sep 2010   #1

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Switch Win7 Pro and Ultimate to opposite computers?


I need to switch the OS on my laptop to my desktop and vice versa. Ultimate is currently on my laptop and Pro is on my desktop. Need Ultimate on my desktop.

The issue, to me, is that the Ultimate is a Steve Ballmer signed copy from the rollout parties and I believe that it can only be put on one machine?

How can I accomplish this without spending cash on an expensive upgrade?

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27 Sep 2010   #2
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Signature edition is retail Windows 7, which can be moved to any machine of your choice whenever you want for life. It can only be on one machine at a time.

If the other copy is also retail (not OEM) then it can be swapped as well. Just wipe each HD before installing. Make sure you have the Product Keys clearly readable, or audit them using Belarc Advisor first.
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28 Sep 2010   #3

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Thanks. Both are retail then. Cool.
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28 Sep 2010   #4
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello pwrhamr, welcome to Seven Forums!

Below is the info on the wipe mentioned earlier; be sure to post back with any questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "secure erase" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including the old Windows drivers, everything all data, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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