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Windows 7: Can you reinstall an anytime upgrade with no disk?

19 Feb 2012   #1
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 
Can you reinstall an anytime upgrade with no disk?

I just upgraded from premium to pro in 7. The 7 came with the computer, but not on a disk, bought the key online, messed something up and would like to reinstall the anytime upgrade.
How would I do this? Can I assume I cannot upgrade to pro from pro right? So how would I do this?
Thanks


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20 Feb 2012   #2
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

More info, I did an anytime upgrade to get to professional. I want to go back to premium(I have the disk) then re-do the NYTimes upgrade. It's gives me no option! Only says "upgrade or custom"
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20 Feb 2012   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

As far as I'm aware, you can't clean install from the Windows Anytime Upgrade product key unfortunately.

Looks like you'll have to reinstall Home Premium, and then redo your anytime upgrade.

As a matter of interest, can you remember what you did to mess things up?
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20 Feb 2012   #4
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

That's what I'm trying to do, reinstall premium then do the upgrade again, but it doesn't let me just install premium,, the options are upgrade, or custom
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20 Feb 2012   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Make sure you've backed up anything important to you and use this tutorial to carry out a clean install of Windows.

Clean Install Windows 7

Choose the Custom option for a clean install.

Do you have a Windows DVD? If not you'll need to use your computer's recovery partition or recovery discs.

If you don't have any of the above you can use your computer's product key to carry out a COA install.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
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20 Feb 2012   #6
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
I don't think there's a "Downgrade".

You'll have to re-install Home premium again FROM NEW (or scratch) as per Seavixen's advice.

Now if you had a backup image of Home premium that would work.

ALWAYS backup your system before doing these type of upgrades --then it's only around 20 Mins for a restore and you can then install the anytime upgrade again.

Note however I think MS will set a limit on to the nr of activations but as you are activating on the same machine it will be fine.

Actually another good reason for keeping OS and data on separate partitions is that on an OS restore you don't lose or delete your data.


Cheers
jimbo
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20 Feb 2012   #7
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Is a back up necessary or just good practice? I mean, will a clean install wipe my pc?
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20 Feb 2012   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

A backup of personal data is always good practice and essential if you are doing a clean install, as a clean install will wipe your hard drive first.

You will also need discs for any software you installed from disc and backups of any software you have downloaded, as they will all need to be installed again after you have reinstalled Windows.
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20 Feb 2012   #9
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Okay, so my only option is a clean install of premium?
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20 Feb 2012   #10
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

I unchecked "enable transparency" now that option is gone and themes are greyed out. I restarted all stopped services and ran the aero trouble shooter, nothing. My pc looks like xp. That is ny problem. The enable transparency box us completely gone. I didn't delete it uninstall anything. Everyhing works fine, but
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