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Windows 7: How do I downgrade from WIN7 Enterprise to WIN7 Pro


26 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 home #2 bit (I think)
 
 
How do I downgrade from WIN7 Enterprise to WIN7 Pro

I have Windows 7 Enterprise installed on my system and need to downgrade to Windows 7 Pro for reasons of product application/compatibility under Windows Media Center.


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27 Nov 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Enterprise edition is not a retail product but is available only to large organizations with bulk licensing. You should contact the IT staff about these issues.
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27 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 home #2 bit (I think)
 
 
No IT Dept

I bought this computer from a company that is no longer in business during a "fire" sale. I have no IT Dept to call.
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27 Nov 2013   #4

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

This should help you out.

Clean Install Windows 7
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27 Nov 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

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I bought this computer from a company that is no longer in business during a "fire" sale. I have no IT Dept to call.
In that case I doubt you have a legal right to use the OS. You would need to purchase a copy of Windows 7 Pro and do a clean install.
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27 Nov 2013   #6

Windows 7 home #2 bit (I think)
 
 
Possible data loss

I have only one HD on the system and it is 3TB. There is about 1.6TB of data on the drive, so I believe a clean install would destroy that data. It is not on a separate partition. I have a properly licensed copy of Windows 7 Pro.
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27 Nov 2013   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

If it's worth keeping it's worth backing up to another drive before the install.

Backups are always a good idea anyway.
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27 Nov 2013   #8

Windows 7 home #2 bit (I think)
 
 
SSD for System

Could I possibly install a small, say 32GB, SSD as a new "C" drive and disconnect the current drive. Then I would install Windows 7 Pro on the new drive and reconnect the current drive as the "D" drive. Then delete the Windows directory on the "D" drive leaving me with my data intact and a new "C" drive to install my applications on.
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28 Nov 2013   #9
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As long as the SSD is large enough for your OS and programs, you can link the User folders from the HDD. However with the paging file and modern hibernate function file you'd still probably want something bigger. But an SSD is the way to go for performance boost.

In that case you'd want to unplug all other drives during the Clean Install Windows 7.

If you decide to install on the current HDD, you can use Partition Wizard to Resize Partition - Video Help
to carve out a partition big enough for Windows 7 on the left side of the HDD which has fastest read/writes due to being where the reader parks. As long as you only touch the space you made there during install your data should be safe. However it's always best to have data backed up externally since the HD could fail.
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28 Nov 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

You beat me to it Greg

I wouldn`t waste money on a 32 GB ssd, don`t get anything smaller then 120 GBs, You could also just grab another Hard drive to install the system on then copy over your data to the new drive, format the old, then copy the data back to the old drive.
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