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Windows 7: Upgrade from starter using a Home edition upgrade

20 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Upgrade from starter using a Home edition upgrade

I want to upgrade my wifes netbook to Home Edition. Its running Windows 7 Starter. I know how to use the Anytime Upgrade, but I have a Family Pack Windows 7 Home Edition Upgrade Retail box/disc. I have only used one of the upgrades of the family pack. Can I use another to upgrade the Starter netbook, or do i have to by an Anytime upgrade? Seems like i should be able to, but it also seems like the upgrade is meant to be from just xp or vista, not a lower end window 7 version. Also, how would i do it if i can. Can i simply change the product key, or do i have to insert a disk and run the whole upgrade. If i do have to insert disk and run the upgrade, will i have to do a clean install? Plus while typing this i just realized her netbook doesnt have an optical drive....so what about that too?

Just want to get these questions answered before i even bother attempting it. I would hate to think i could just change the product key and go about my business.....cause thats never the case, and everything always turns into a few hours of work...

thanks for the help, and i just registered here because im getting back into windows. im mainly a mac, but i think im both now. so hello.

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20 Aug 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to the forum,

You can just use one of the upgrade keys you have in Anytime Upgrade, no need for the disk.

It will just unlock all the features, reboot once or twice and you're there.


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20 Aug 2011   #3

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.


Yes, you use the family pack upgrade key.
No install files needed.
Only the Upgrade key is need.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
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20 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

alright, then i may attempt it in a bit. thanks alot for the response.
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