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Windows 7: can a family pack upgrade be used on an XP netbook?


17 Nov 2010   #1

windows 7 home premium
 
 
can a family pack upgrade be used on an XP netbook?

I called Dell support to find out if their aggressively priced ($120) Family Pack home premium upgrade could be used on an XP netbook.
The agent went away and came back and said that it cannot - an XP machine requires a full-price Windows 7 license.
Then, someone on Aardvark told me they had upgraded their XP machine using a family pack product.

Can anyone clear this up for me with certainty?


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17 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

An upgrade disk (family pack or whatever else it may be called) can be used to install Windows 7 on a computer as long as you possess a valid qualifying, underlying OS. So if you legally own that win xp, you can do a clean install of Windows 7 completely legally. Only technical issue is theres no upgrade path from xp to Windows 7, you'll need to do a clean install i.e. format the hdd and wipe all data, then install Windows 7. So make sure you back up all important data beforehand.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

In case you are wondering, no, you cant do an upgrade even if you have the full version.
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17 Nov 2010   #3

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Bill,
Good to hear. I was aware of the problems moving from XP to 7 but was very unclear on this narrow question.....

NEXT QUESTION:
What do people think about upgrading a 2GB atom-based netbook to 7? Does that make sense? Will it run slower? faster? or no big diff but at least they'll all be the same os?
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17 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

I dont know about people but personally I am fine with Windows 7 on that netbook. 2 gb is the recommended minimum for Windows 7 so you're fine. As for OS, all Windows 7 editions have the same hardware requirements, the main question when it comes to netbooks is whether Windows 7 (starter) or XP.

There are pros and cons of using either but I would go for Windows 7- better driver support, continuing MS support by way of updates (remember xp support is set to be phased out) etc. Some folks have reported better battery life with xp but thats not universal and in any case depends on usage pattern.
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17 Nov 2010   #5
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Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
I dont know about people but personally I am fine with Windows 7 on that netbook. 2 gb is the recommended minimum for Windows 7 so you're fine. As for OS, all Windows 7 editions have the same hardware requirements, the main question when it comes to netbooks is whether Windows 7 (starter) or XP.

There are pros and cons of using either but I would go for Windows 7- better driver support, continuing MS support by way of updates (remember xp support is set to be phased out) etc. Some folks have reported better battery life with xp but thats not universal and in any case depends on usage pattern.
+1, you will be a lot better off with Windows 7 - in all regards.
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17 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Newmarket2 - I'm running WIndows 7 Ultimate on an Atom netbook (an MSI Wind U100 with a 1.6GHz N270, and 1.5Gb RAM).

In day-to-day use, it honestly feels much more responsive than XP ever did on the same unit.

Go for it!
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