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Windows 7: install anytime upgrade

11 Apr 2010   #1
dirt

windows7
 
 
install anytime upgrade

Is it necessary to back up files and programs prior to doing upgrade from home premium to professional ??


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11 Apr 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Hi Dirt, Welcome to sevenforums. Please fill out your system specs so that people can help you in the future.

It's always best to backup your files when modifying your operating system. In fact, you're better off doing a clean install than doing an upgrade. Here are tutorials for both, good luck.

Upgrade Install with Windows 7
Clean Install Windows 7
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11 Apr 2010   #3
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Notsograymatter is spot on with his advice.
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11 Apr 2010   #4
dirt

windows7
 
 

Gentlemen---thank you for responding but----I did it with no problems. I have a new HP9300 quad that came with 7 home premium. I bought the anytime upgrade and from what I read in this forum, this is merely a key to unlock what was already there not a download at all..Had I been familiar with the nuances of the various programs I would have started with 7 pro initially. I think for backing up I'll get an external hard drive or learn how to back up files only on DVD. I made the recovery disc's early on which is new to me. Used to get actual disc's to be able to re-install the program in olden days. Now, you make your own. Talk about pinching pennies. I won't go through the mantra of damning MS---got to appreciate what we have at our disposal today---I remember the punch cards initially. Also remember when a 40 megabite hard drive was a big deal.
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11 Apr 2010   #5
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Glad you did it successfully. Good show. I use an external har dirve for my backups and system images.
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12 Apr 2010   #6
dirt

windows7
 
 

Thank you for your comments. Want to add at this point that my HP 9300 does not have a V chip so the upgrade was and is a waste of money. Again, being grateful for what we have is hard to do when MS continues to diddle you. I won't waste time talking about customer service---we all know what "service" is if we have any farm background.
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12 Apr 2010   #7
dirt

windows7
 
 

To Carl S............what type external hard drive do you use ? I assume it's a USB hook up. Is it one of the self powered units or an enclosure with full sized HD ?
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12 Apr 2010   #8
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

It is a Western Digital 750 Gb USB with external power.
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12 Apr 2010   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

One thing to keep in your mind,is if you need to use the OEM Recovery Partition, this will only reinstall Home Prem.
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