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Windows 7: Downgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate?

17 Nov 2011   #1

win7 enterprise
Downgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate?

Hi folks, possibly the best thread for my quote - in case not, move it to another

I have a Sony laptop CS11S, tried for several weeks Windows 7 enterprise from ms website, fixed all problems with drivers except cardreader and all is working great. I knew that an easy way to downgrade to Windows 7 ultimate is not existent. Found information about what to change in registry to make in place upgrade work like in this thread

Upgrade worked fine until last step - somewhere it hung, got the message "not successful" and a rollback.
No specified error, nothing in eventlog what might be helpful.

I dont want clean install because of 2 days work of installing drivers and programs and adjusting them.
Personal data is in backup, so easy to fix.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, Andreas

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17 Nov 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


I wouldn't expect the workaround to change between versions via an in-place Upgrade to work with Enterprise because it uses a completely different mass activation method.

Just back up Windows/system32/drivers folder as well as any drivers which you should have placed in your Downloads folder, browse into there for any drivers the Windows 7 installer or optional Windows updates fails to provide or quickly update.

Follow these steps to get a perfect reinstall based on thousands we've helped with here: Reinstalling Windows 7
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17 Nov 2011   #3

win7 enterprise

Thanks for answer, possibly you could be more specific with your hint about "completely different mass activation method."

Is there any possiblity for a downgrade from enterprise ? Or a legal prolongation of the limited 90 days test drive of enterprise ?

In other words: any other possibility than a clean install ?
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17 Nov 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP


Not that I know of.

Enterprise uses Volume Activation administered by the SysOp of the institution or corporation which purchases the volume license keys. It is not intended for consumer use.
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