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Windows 7: Ultimate to Starter

25 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Ultimate to Starter

Hey guys I have a question. I am selling my netbook but however I upgraded it to Ultimate. Is there a way I can put it back to Starter edition for the customer or do I have to reinstall windows 7 to starter edition? Thanks for your help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit

You will need to reinstall using a Starter Install Disk or use a Recovery Partition or System Recovery Disk that came with the Netbook depending on it's make.

I suggest you run a clean all so the data cannot be revived.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate

ok thanks for your help. Ill see if I can find a Windows 7 starter ISO.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit

Do you still have your Windows 7 Starter Serial Key (it might even be on the bottom of the netbook).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

This tutorial should help: Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP


You may be able to run Factory Recovery if you still have the Recovery partition on the netbook. This will put all of the preinstalled software back on the netbook which the new owner might want.

In the future make your Recovery disks/stick or save externally a Win7 backup image before upgrading so you have a path back.
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