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Windows 7: Help....I think? Upgrade vs. "Full"


26 Feb 2010   #1
MisterActorMan

 
Help....I think? Upgrade vs. "Full"

Here's the skinny:

I have a Netbook running Windows 7 RC, which I'd like to upgrade to Windows 7 32bit by March 1.

I have a Desktop using Windows 7 32bit; I'm going to buy Windows 7 64bit, install the 64bit on my desktop (it can run it), and install the other Windows 7 32bit on my Netbook.

I bought the Windows 7 32bit that's currently on my desktop from digital river's Ultimate Steal program. Yay student discounts. I was running Win XP (from god knows how long ago) and it was fully patched, SP3, etc. I installed Windows 7 on it from what I downloaded.

MY QUESTION

On my receipt, it says that I bought "Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade 32bit."

During install, I don't recall seeing anything about "upgrading" or otherwise...nor was there any mention of "full" versions during install or on the digital river website.

CAN I BUY the WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL UPGRADE 64bit and install it onto my Desktop, which currently has Windows 7 32bit? Or does this not work since it's "only" an "upgrade?"

Similarly, will I be unable to install the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade 32bit on my netbook that's currently got the RC version?

Help...?


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26 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7
 
 

I think you actually want to look at the "anytime upgrade" versions which are much cheaper to change versions within 7 itself.
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26 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
 
 

Yes, the anytime upgrade will let you pay VERY low amount to change to 64 bit.. look into that. Search it here, there was links and everything.
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26 Feb 2010   #4
MisterActorMan

 

Thanks, will do.

What about the RC to Windows 7 Pro? Think the 32bit installer I have will upgrade the RC?
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26 Feb 2010   #5
MisterActorMan

 

No go.

"Can I upgrade both 32-bit versions and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 with Windows Anytime Upgrade?
Yes, you can use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade a 32-bit version to a 32-bit version or from a 64-bit version to a 64-bit version of Windows 7. However, Windows Anytime Upgrade can't upgrade a 32-bit version to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or a 64-bit version to a 32-bit version of Windows 7."

source: Windows Anytime Upgrade: frequently asked questions

I think my option is to reinstall my old XP onto my Netbook...then use the Windows 7 32bit upgrade on the netbook. Thus giving my Netbook Win 7 Pro 32 bit. This is because I cannot use a Win 7 "upgrade" on Win 7 RC...

The issue, then, is how to get my Desktop from that Windows 7 pro 32bit to a Windows 7 pro 64bit. Advice? Same question as originally: can I use Win 7 Pro 64bit Upgrade? Or do I have to find Win 7 Pro 64bit "full" ?

Thanks
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26 Feb 2010   #6
MisterActorMan

 

This is my current plan

Buy the 64bit upgrade like I had planned.

TRY and install just from the 64bit ISO that the download gets me. IF that doesn't work (since it's "upgrade" not "full"), reinstall XP onto my desktop and then do the upgrade from there.

Once my desktop is setup with 64, then do the same process on my netbook.

I have to upgrade the desktop first, since once I install the 32bit (that's currently on my desktop) to my netbook, it will void the desktop's use of that OS.

Thanks for any more advice
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26 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Clean install of Windows 7 from upgrade media:

Clean install with Windows 7 upgrade media? Get the facts! | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

(no hacking required)
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26 Feb 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Burn the 64 bit ISO to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed with Verify - it never fails.

Boot the DVD, select Custom install, it will scan the HD to see another OS (RC) to allow Upgrade version key. You can even format over the RC since the flag will have already been passed to allow Upgrade key.

You DO NOT have to have XP installed in order to use it as qualifying OS to clean install an Upgrade version. Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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26 Feb 2010   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Still another reference on the "clean" install procedure using upgrade. This one is my favorite explanation:

http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/cle...rade_media.asp
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26 Feb 2010   #10

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MisterActorMan View Post
Here's the skinny:

I have a Netbook running Windows 7 RC, which I'd like to upgrade to Windows 7 32bit by March 1.

I have a Desktop using Windows 7 32bit; I'm going to buy Windows 7 64bit, install the 64bit on my desktop (it can run it), and install the other Windows 7 32bit on my Netbook.

I bought the Windows 7 32bit that's currently on my desktop from digital river's Ultimate Steal program. Yay student discounts. I was running Win XP (from god knows how long ago) and it was fully patched, SP3, etc. I installed Windows 7 on it from what I downloaded.

MY QUESTION

On my receipt, it says that I bought "Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade 32bit."

During install, I don't recall seeing anything about "upgrading" or otherwise...nor was there any mention of "full" versions during install or on the digital river website.

CAN I BUY the WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL UPGRADE 64bit and install it onto my Desktop, which currently has Windows 7 32bit? Or does this not work since it's "only" an "upgrade?"

Similarly, will I be unable to install the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade 32bit on my netbook that's currently got the RC version?

Help...?
You cant upgrade 32 bit to 64. You must do a clean install
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