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Windows 7: Vista Home Premium to Win 7 Pro In Place Upgrade


21 Aug 2011   #1
ABC190

Vista
 
 
Vista Home Premium to Win 7 Pro In Place Upgrade

I am going to be upgrading to Win 7 Professional 64bit Upgrade soon (been saying this for over a year). I am upgrading from Vista Home Premium 64bit. I plan on doing an in place upgrade so I don't have to manually reinstall many programs (which I run in specific configurations ect.).

I have recently been reading that it is not possible to do an in place upgrade of Win 7 Pro over Vista Home Premium. Is this true?

And can someone link me to an updated Digital River .iso with Win 7 Professional 64bit with SP1? Apparently the Digital River site has changed now. Hopefully my almost two year CD key of Win 7 still works.


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21 Aug 2011   #2
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Unfortunately, you can't do an in-place upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium to anything other than Windows 7 Home Premium. For more information, see the two links below.
Windows 7 Upgrade Paths
Upgrade Install with Windows 7
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21 Aug 2011   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Unfortunately, you cannot upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...79(WS.10).aspx

I'm intrigued as to how you've got a Product Key for Windows 7. What version was it for and do you still have the disc?
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21 Aug 2011   #4
ABC190

Vista
 
 

Thanks for the reply. Looks like I'll have to do a clean install then. Is there anyway I can downgrade Professional to Home Premium during installation to do an in place upgrade?

I bought the key from Digital River a long time ago ($30 student promotion). It is for Win 7 Professional 64bit Upgrade. I still have the .iso and also have the .iso burned to a disc, but was hoping Digital River had a newer .iso with the latest updates installed. My .iso is from 2009, so it means I'll have to install SP1 and all the other updates.
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21 Aug 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

As you've still got the Win 7 ISO you can slipstream SP1: Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File
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21 Aug 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Have a look at the email you received from Digital River, you will find a link to your account.
You can download ISO's from the account.
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21 Aug 2011   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You can unlock all versions in your ISO file using this tool: Unlock any version eicfg removal tool

Back up your files, run an in-place Upgrade Vista HP to Win7 HP after working out any compatibiility issues flagged.

Then type Anytime in Start Search box, insert Pro key in Anytime Upgrade which will unlock the extra features in minutes and activate Pro at Computer>properties.

I did this myself awhile back. Ask back for any question or more help.
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22 Aug 2011   #8
ABC190

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can unlock all versions in your ISO file using this tool: Unlock any version eicfg removal tool

Back up your files, run an in-place Upgrade Vista HP to Win7 HP after working out any compatibiility issues flagged.

Then type Anytime in Start Search box, insert Pro key in Anytime Upgrade which will unlock the extra features in minutes and activate Pro at Computer>properties.

I did this myself awhile back. Ask back for any question or more help.
Thanks for this reply. So essentially I am:

1) Installing Win 7 HP 64bit via an In Place upgrade. It will not ask me for a key when installing correct? (I only have a Win 7 Pro 64bit serial key).

2) When installing Win 7, I choose to activate my serial key manually.

3) As soon as the upgrade is done/Win 7 HP is installed, I do not activate my product key.

4) I search for Anytime, run the process and type in my serial key.

5) It will upgrade to Win 7 Pro 64bit. I am guessing it will require a reboot, but is there anything else I would have to install or do?


And this program will work for my .iso DVD even though it is just a DVR+ R and now a rewritable?

And do I download the checksums.md5, eicfg_removal_utility.zip, and windows7_iso_image_edition_switcher.zip? Or do I just need the last file?



And if the upgrade gets corrupted, I can just format my drive and install Win 7 and start from scratch correct?

And does anyone have any input on how or if I should partition my drive? Currently my Windows/program drive is not partitioned.
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22 Aug 2011   #9
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

When you say upgrade, do you mean you are just installing a new operating system? Or did you buy a Windows 7 Upgrade package and not the full retail version ? As they are 2 different things.

You really want to do a clean install and of course you will be reinstalling all your programs.
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22 Aug 2011   #10
ABC190

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zomby88 View Post
When you say upgrade, do you mean you are just installing a new operating system? Or did you buy a Windows 7 Upgrade package and not the full retail version ? As they are 2 different things.

You really want to do a clean install and of course you will be reinstalling all your programs.
Win 7 Pro 64bit Upgrade is what I bought. I would like to do an inplace upgrade over Vista Home Premium OEM 64bit, but as I read above there is so extra work involved. I will just be upgrading to Win 7, my hardware will stay exactly the same.
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