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Windows 7: Best way to go from Win7 Premium to 7 Professional (Full edition)

11 Apr 2011   #1
Darkstryder360

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Best way to go from Win7 Premium to 7 Professional (Full edition)

Installed Professional 7 with Disc full edition on my PC 4 months back. Now I am getting a new PC, and it has 7 Premium built in, arriving tomorrow.

What I am enquiring is, the best way to get the Premium back up to Professional, as I am really hoping a Clean Install isn't the answer considering the effort it was for my old /current PC.


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11 Apr 2011   #2
Bill2

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

Just run anytime upgrade on the new PC with the pro key. It takes about 10 minutes and doesnt touch personal data.

Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to

But remember, you cant use the same copy of pro on multiple PCs. If you use anytime upgrade with the pro key on the new PC, you must remove it from the old PC by formatting the hard drive or installing another OS or junking the PC.

Also remember to make a set of recovery disks on the new PC before you upgrade, that'll let you revert to factory home premium if desired. That'll also preserve a copy of the OS you paid for.
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11 Apr 2011   #3
Darkstryder360

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for that. Spent my day backing up using "Easy Transfer".

I am hoping that works, going from Windows 7 to... Windows 7. But I cannot understand how to Format my drive as my :C drive wont Format due to the fact of not having another OS on the system. Is it even possible?.. Unless I download an illegal XP copy or whatever as a basic OS system to then wipe the Product Key?
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11 Apr 2011   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You don't format with an anytime upgrade. You boot up into 7 Home Premium, run the "anytime upgrade" and it will convert that machine from 7 home premium to whatever version you upgrade to.
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11 Apr 2011   #5
Darkstryder360

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Even if the 7 Professional Product Key is already tied to this machine, I can use 'Anytime Upgrade' on the new PC to 'upgrade' it?...
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11 Apr 2011   #6
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

No, not and use the same product key. You need a new Pro key for the new machine.
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11 Apr 2011   #7
Darkstryder360

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

So another 150? No chance.

Read around and found I can call to speak to a representative. If that fails I will just stick with a wasted 150 quid on an OS I used for 3 months
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11 Apr 2011   #8
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

What is in WIn 7 Pro that you need? There isn't really a lot of difference between it and Home Premium.
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11 Apr 2011   #9
Darkstryder360

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Just didn't want to have 150 quid wasted for no reason that's all lol.
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11 Apr 2011   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am confused. Are you trying to use both your old computer (that you put Windows 7 Professional on) 4 months ago as well as the new computer that you will receive with Windows 7 Home Premium already on?

if so, you would pay whatever fee Microsoft charges to do the anytime upgrade on the new box. This appears to be an $89.95 charge for me in the US. Windows Anytime Upgrade: Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional for Windows 7 | Shop Home

If you don't wish to use both PC's at the same time, you will want to take your new computer (which won't have much on it), and then format and reinstall using the Windows 7 Professional media that you have. Of course, I wonder why you bought a machine with Windows 7 Home Premium, if you didn't intend on using it.
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