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Windows 7: Upgrade install to downgrade

18 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 
Upgrade install to downgrade

I want to deactivate my copy of windows 7 ultimate, and give it to my family. Can I do an upgrade install but install Home Premium?

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18 Mar 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cclloyd9785 View Post
I want to deactivate my copy of windows 7 ultimate, and give it to my family. Can I do an upgrade install but install Home Premium?

Your install path is not upgrade, its downgrade. Ultiimate>home.

Best bet, clean instalal if you have the license.
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18 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

You don't actually deactivate Windows. You simply wipe the drive with all of your data backed up and perform a clean install with the HP edition in order to replace the Ultimate edition on now. For downgrading editions you'll want a fresh primary to work with.

Personally I would miss Ultimate while I still have to upgrade someone in the family out of XP Pro with the HP edition on the existing build. Later with a new build Pro will be the one going on there since only Vista 32bit support is seen for the old case!
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18 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Yea I think my dad who works and needs a higher OS, needs it more than me. The only thing I rly needed from Ultimate was, XP mode, which i can use just as easily on VirtualBox or VMWare, and the bitLocker thing, which there is a hack to get that on any edition.
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18 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

The XP Mode has the integrated components edge over other VMs there you will lose. Too bad you didn't get Pro that would still be an option.
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18 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Well, the thing is that there was an error, and my computer came with 7 Ultimate, and a free upgrade of HP. So we decided my dad would get the Ultimate since he would benifit from it and I would have Home Premium.
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18 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Did your computer come with the OEM disk? Even then you may need to re register it and get a new key.
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18 Mar 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

It is very unlikely you can use the HP Windows 7 Upgrade Kit to activate that Ultimate on another computer. It was probably either pre-locked to the Vista, or locked to the Hardware upon install.

Some reported they were able to use the Upgrade kits on other machines, but I would not expect it.

Is your Home Premium a retail copy you purchased? If so, it can migrate to any other computer as long as it is installed on only one at a time. A robocall to MS will deactivate it on the old machine and activate it on the new hardware signature.
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19 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Bought a Toshiba Satellite. Came with 7 Ultimate pre-installed. It also shipped with an HP upgrade disk in the box.

So I can just wipe the drive, install HP, activate.

Then on the other computer that is running Vista HP, just install and activate?
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19 Mar 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

What does the Upgrade disk say on it? If the PC has Ultimate pre-installed, then you may have been provided with the installation DVD for that, or a Recovery DVD which includes the factory installed bloatware.

There really isn't any Upgrade from Ultimate, so the confusion is over what kind of "Upgrade" disk it is. Could it be Recovery DVD?
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