I tried looking over internet for various solution to this, but sadly I haven't found anything that has helped me pinpoint the EXACT how-to on upgrading a windows 7 basic system to ultimate (both x64bit) without losing any of the softwares and any other data on disk.
Overview of issue:
I've bought a new lenovo Z580 ideapad series laptop which came pre-installed with windows 7 home basic (x64) which I absolutely loathe as it has no aero themes and I'd like to change my windows to ultimate. My laptop came pre installed with some softwares and features for which I wasn't provided any driver
/SW CD so the only way to keep these softwares intact is to upgrade (from what I understand, upgrading windows doesn't wipe off your softwares and program files?)
What I've already tried:
It seems windows basic can't be directly upgraded to ultimate using windows anytime upgrade. I tried and upgrade failed.
I have windows 7 ultimate 64bit installation CD and product key, is there any way to upgrade my system using that and not do a clean windows install?
If everything fails, is there any safe to use program or method to get setup files of my existing program files so I can reinstall them after clean windows install? And in this case, how will I get their activation keys?
Thanks a lot for looking into this and everyone who helps!
PS: My technical capabilities are that of a beginner so please keep that in mind while suggesting solutions.