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Windows 7: Return Win 7 Home Premium to Starter?

03 May 2011   #1
Asker24

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 
Return Win 7 Home Premium to Starter?

I have a netbook that I am thinking of returning for an exchange. The problem is that I have used Anytine Upgrade to install Win 7 Home Premium instead of the out-of-the-box Starter version. If I get a replacement netbook with Starter on it, will I be able to use the same activation number on the new one or will it ring up "Tilt"?
If I need to revert to Starter to return this netbook, then how do I do that? There are too many subsequent restore points to be able to go that route. The one that would take me back to starter status has disappeared.


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04 May 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

Does your netbook have a factory recovery partition on it? If so run it to restore to Starter.

Otherwise you'll have to order Recovery Disks from the manufacturer

or find a Win7 installation DVD for Starter version to clean reinstall with the Product Key on COA sticker. Reinstalling Windows 7

This will free up the Anytime Upgrade key to use in the future.
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04 May 2011   #3
theog

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04 May 2011   #4
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Asker24 View Post
I have a netbook that I am thinking of returning for an exchange. The problem is that I have used Anytine Upgrade to install Win 7 Home Premium instead of the out-of-the-box Starter version. If I get a replacement netbook with Starter on it, will I be able to use the same activation number on the new one or will it ring up "Tilt"?
I believe that the Anytime Upgrade key code, once validated with microsoft is no longer available for validation.

If you activated the upgrade, then you might whine and weep to the microsoft activation people and see if they will relent and give you the activation codes.

Otherwise, you will have to purchase another "anytime upgrade" license.

Rich
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04 May 2011   #5
gregrocker

 

Anytime Upgrades are retail Win7 which can migrate to another machine as long as the key is not in use.

To uninstall it, just wipe the HD or install over it.
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04 May 2011   #6
Asker24

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I cannot reinstall from a DVD (althought I have one for my desktop) because like most netbooks mine does not have a DVD drive.
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04 May 2011   #7
Asker24

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I have just checked my notebook (Acer Aspire One D255E) and it does have a recovery partition. So, thank you to everyone who commented. It looks as though I have the answer to hand. Another happy camper.
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04 May 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

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