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Windows 7: Laptop/Desktop upgrade and switch around

27 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Laptop/Desktop upgrade and switch around

I've taken a look around the forum and got some good ideas but would appreciate something specific to my situation. I have a desktop with Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail Upgrade) and a laptop with Vista Home Premium (OEM). As a birthday present I've been given Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade. I want to end up with this on my desktop but I want to transfer my Windows 7 Home Premium to my laptop. I have been told that you can't move the licence but the forum seems to suggest that a retail licence can be moved. If the logistics require I have an unused separate Vista installation on my desktop which could be updated. Is this switch around possible?

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27 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello AlanWales, welcome to Seven Forums!


Have a look through the information in this tutorial at the link below for some additional ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version





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27 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks Bare Foot Kid - I've taken a look at the tutorial and it all looks possible. I guess I'm going to have quite a busy weekend working through this!
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27 Aug 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you have further questions, feel free to ask and be sure to post back here with updates.
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27 Aug 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

You don't need to have the qualifying OS on the machine to use Upgrade version. If no OS is present when you install just leave Product Key blank during install then afterwards do the quick registry workaround in the tutorial posted above.

If an OS is on the HD, the installer will see it at boot to allow use of Upgrade version key up front, even if you go on to use Custom>Drive Options to delete all partitions, create new ones, and format before install.

Illustrated steps here: Clean Install Windows 7
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27 Aug 2011   #6

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Both Desktop & Notebook will need to done. Make sure you backup your DATA.

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

Restore Backup User and System Files
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