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Windows 7: Home Basic to Ultimate Upgrade


22 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 
Home Basic to Ultimate Upgrade

1. Can I do this upgrade without losing my installed programs?
2. What's the difference between Anytime Upgrade with the CD/DVD installation?
3. I'm currently running Home Basic 32bit. Can I upgrade it to Ultimate 64bit?


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22 Jan 2011   #2
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

1. Yes, it should work
2. I'll leave this to someone more knowledgable in this area
3. No, you can only upgrade 32 to 32 or 64 to 64
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22 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

If u purchase anytime upgrade u will be provided a key with which u can upgrade to the respective edition without reinstalling the os.Where as In retail edition u should either upgrade or clean install.
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22 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ie9 View Post
1. Yes, it should work
2. I'll leave this to someone more knowledgable in this area
3. No, you can only upgrade 32 to 32 or 64 to 64
regarding no. 1, what kind of installation should I choose? The upgrade or the custom? I've read some posts regarding this some say "custom" and some say "upgrade." And I'm confused.
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22 Jan 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello yeroman, welcome to Seven Forums!



There is no upgrade path from 32-bit to 64-bit Windows, it will have to be a clean install; the best way to go forward is to make back-ups of the data you need to save and do a wipe (secure erase) of the entire Hard Disk Drive, have a look at this information below.

All the installed programs/apps will have to be reinstalled so be sure to save the activation keys where applicable and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
information   Information

After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "clean all" 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 all the old Windows drivers, 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

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


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22 Jan 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Take a look at this:
Windows Anytime Upgrade - Upgrade your Windows 7 edition - Microsoft Windows

No install files needed.
Only the Upgrade key is neeed.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
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22 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Take a look at this:
Windows Anytime Upgrade - Upgrade your Windows 7 edition - Microsoft Windows

No install files needed.
Only the Upgrade key is neeed.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
Let me get this straight, with Anytime Update I can upgrade from home basic to ultimate without losing my files - and without downloading anything?
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23 Jan 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yeroman View Post
Let me get this straight, with Anytime Update I can upgrade from home basic to ultimate without losing my files - and without downloading anything?
Yes.

Windows 7 Upgrade Paths
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23 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 

So that means in the event that my computer crashes and have to install windows 7 again, i won't be able to install Ultimate and use the installer I have here instead, which is Home Basic?
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23 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yeroman View Post
So that means in the event that my computer crashes and have to install windows 7 again, i won't be able to install Ultimate and use the installer I have here instead, which is Home Basic?
Yes but since anytime upgrade just takes 10 minutes and is non-destructive, whats the problem?
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