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Windows 7: Upgrade from Home to Pro

21 Jan 2012   #1
7mustang4

Windows 7
 
 
Upgrade from Home to Pro

My desktop OS is Win 7 Pro 32-bit installed from a retail disk. I just purchased a laptop with reinstalled Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I want to install the Pro version to the laptop from the retail disks which has disks for both 32 & 64 bit versions. How can I make the upgrade? Does it make any difference if I use 32 or 64 bit for the upgrade? Note: the laptop does not have a cd drive and I will need to purchase an external drive. Could this pose an installation problem?


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21 Jan 2012   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Just out of curiosity, why do you want to upgrade to Pro? Unless you need the ability to access a domain the upgrade really isn't worthwhile.
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21 Jan 2012   #3
gregrocker

 

Type Anytime Upgrade in Start Search box, input the Product Key, in minutes it will unlock the extra features in Pro. Save a Win7 backup image to use in place of reinstalls: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

If you want to change bit-version, you'll have to boot the installer to clean reinstall. Without a DVD drive you'll need to use another machine to extract the DVD ISO using ImgBurn, then write it to flash stick using Universal USB Installer, boot using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key, under USB, Removable and HD's.
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21 Jan 2012   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you don`t have a key you will not be able to activate it. You have already used your key on the desktop. Unless you have a darn good reason, it makes no sense to install Pro over HP. Compare the 2 versions and see if you need the few extra features.
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22 Jan 2012   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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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23 Jan 2012   #6
7mustang4

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks to all who responded.
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23 Jan 2012   #7
7mustang4

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Just out of curiosity, why do you want to upgrade to Pro? Unless you need the ability to access a domain the upgrade really isn't worthwhile.
Main reason - I found Administrative Tools were disabled! I did not have this problem with Pro version. Makes me wonder what else Microsoft has disabled. Microsoft's pension for disabling functions and all their "permission" requirements really aggravate me!
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24 Jan 2012   #8
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I'm running Win 7 HP on this computer and Admin tools are not disabled, they are not obviously available, but aren't disabled. See this tutorial: Administrative Tools - Add or Remove from Start Menu



If yours are truly disabled, perhaps the PC mfr "customized" Win 7 for you but don't blame MS.

The 2 major advantages of Pro over HP are the ability to login to a Domain and with Pro you can download XP mode from MS.
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