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Windows 7: Possible to change manufactured settings on windows 7?

16 Aug 2012   #1
ProGmistro

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
Possible to change manufactured settings on windows 7?

hi i have a netbook windows 7 starter n i want to upgrade for home premium if possible, butt i think im stuck at a part, when i saw the manufactured settings i dont know what this is, when im about to format my disk n install home premium, does it go back to starter when my computer goes wrong n i have to a system restore? or can i change the restore setting to home premium in the manufactured settings?
thank you for your response


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16 Aug 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

What you can do is go one step better : after upgrading to Home Premium, image your new installation to an external drive. If you ever need to "refresh" the netbook if something goes wrong, you simply restore the image you made. Its very easy to do.

Use this to do that:

Imaging with free Macrium

Regards,
Golden
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16 Aug 2012   #3
ProGmistro

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

what is does saving my image do exactly?
n does it have risks?
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16 Aug 2012   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Its like taking a photographic snapshot of your installation, which you "copy" back to your computer if something goes wrong.

Everything has risks, including restoring from a manufacturers recovery partition. Follow the tutorial before you proceed so you can get an idea of what happens, and the tests you can perform to ensure the image will work as expected.

Regards,
Golden
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16 Aug 2012   #5
ProGmistro

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

so there is no way to change the partition? but thank you so much for the reply
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16 Aug 2012   #6
gregrocker

 

Saving a backup image preserves the installation at that exact moment so you can reimage your HD with it and it will start up exactly like it was then.

In your case, you can more easily upgrade from Starter to Home Premium by simply inserting your Premium Product Key in Anytime Upgrade, which unlocks the extra features in Home Premium in 10 minutes.

Here's how: Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to - Windows 7 Forums

If you think you might want to go back to Starter at any time, e.g. to sell the PC and keep your Home Premium, then either make your Factory Recovery disks or the backup image Golden suggested.

Once you upgrade to Home Premium make another backup image so you never have to reinstall both OS"s again. You can even use WIn7's own built-in Backup Imaging in Home Premium: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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16 Aug 2012   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ProGmistro View Post
so there is no way to change the partition? but thank you so much for the reply
Partition? What do you mean? You never aksed about "changing partitions"......or have I missed something?

Regards,
Golden
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16 Aug 2012   #8
ProGmistro

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

sorry yes i am finding out if i change the manufactured settings to home premium or does the restore option in the system recovery just stay in the starter setting

e.g. when you have to system restore it makes it so that the computer is the way it was when it was first sold with all ur personal programs removed. that is what i trying to find out if i can change it, or it stays in starter. without doing any image recovery on external (< have to still try it oout)
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16 Aug 2012   #9
gregrocker

 

If you have an onboard Recovery partition it will recover to exactly the condition it came from factory, i.e. Starter.

You can back up an image of Starter as well to be sure.

Or make your Recovery disks before running Anytime Upgrade if you want another backup method for running Factory Recovery.
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16 Aug 2012   #10
ProGmistro

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

so if there a recovery disk then i can change it but how? or can i make a new recovery disk? or its irrelevant and there is nothing i can do
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