Quote: Originally Posted by Zyrandiel
Please help, My friend Wants to Buy Windows 7 Ultimate but first wants to try the 30-day trial version. He's using an HP laptop with Windows Home Basic 64-bit OS. He is wondering how to do this so in turn I am asking you guys out here right now. Does it need a clean install? He already downloaded a retail dvd for the Windows 7 Ultimate OS ISO. Also one of his concerns is that there is an image backup of his OS with the system factory settings, we're both wondering if it would still be accessible (it's on a different hdd partition) once he successfully installs the Ultimate OS.
He's doing this at first, and then he's planning to try out Windows 7 Professional next and then decide which to Buy to replace his original OS.
We'd really appreciate any feedback about this.
If you clean install another version of Windows you will lose anything on the hard drive you haven't either backed up, partitioned off or created a set of recovery discs for.
As for buying Ultimate, ask him to consider a Windows Anytime Upgrade to Home Premium, he'll save money that he could use to improve his computer in other ways, such as upgrading his RAM. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...sked-questions
He just needs to buy an upgrade product key, insert it for the upgrade then activate on completion. Even better, his factory image is untouched if he would prefer to keep it and he won't have to mess about partitioning the hard drive.