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Windows 7: Can I use a Windows 7 Pro Retail Disc with a Home Premium License Key


18 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Can I use a Windows 7 Pro Retail Disc with a Home Premium License Key

I have a retail copy of Windows 7 Professional x64 and have just bought a new laptop with Home Premium x64. I'd like to do a fresh install using this pro disc and the license key on the bottom of my new laptop which is for Home Premium x64

Will this work?

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18 May 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harrythehaddock View Post
I have a retail copy of Windows 7 Professional x64 and have just bought a new laptop with Home Premium x64. I'd like to do a fresh install using this pro disc and the license key on the bottom of my new laptop which is for Home Premium x64

Will this work?
Nope key and version need to match.
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18 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

1. The OEM license will not work with your retail disc.

2. Your retail disc should have it's own product key.

3. You can unlock your retail disc to reveal all versions of Windows 7 by this method: Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

4. You can if you wish use your retail disc to carry out a Windows Anytime Upgrade, which is quick and painless providing you have the latest updates installed first.
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18 May 2011   #4

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

No, you need to make a universal DVD.
Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
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18 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Whats the cost for an anytime upgrade? HP to Pro?
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18 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Google is your friend. Buy Windows Products Windows 7 Special Offers Shop Your Favorite Store

120, although the student version will be a lot less if you have a student in your family.
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18 May 2011   #7

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 need.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
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18 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

In a few minutes, you could have a disc that lets you choose which version to install. That's the cheapest, easiest, simplest option, considering you already have a Home Premium license.
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18 May 2011   #9
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Follow these steps to get a perfect clean reinstall of factory OEM Home Premium with the Product Key on COA sticker, using your Pro DVD's unlocked ISO: Clean Reinstall steps
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18 May 2011   #10
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Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harrythehaddock View Post
I have a retail copy of Windows 7 Professional x64 and have just bought a new laptop with Home Premium x64. I'd like to do a fresh install using this pro disc and the license key on the bottom of my new laptop which is for Home Premium x64

Will this work?
Are you saying you have already purchased a FULL retail copy of Windows 7 Professional?
If so then I would have expected you have a new license key and you would reinstall from scratch irrespective of the old OEM system.

If it's a Retail upgrade package MS once advised me that you can upgrade easily but it will still be tied to your PC.

I'm probably as confused as you now given some other respondents are more experienced in this area.
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