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Windows 7: Windows 7 upgrade

26 May 2011   #1
Old Lars

Windows 7 Home, 64 bit
 
 
Windows 7 upgrade

Hi, I, Old Lars. New to the forum and have a really simple question.

I have a Dell XPS 8300 running Windows 7 Home 64 bit and would like to upgrade either to 7 Pro or ultimate. The owner of my local independent computer store says I must back up all my files and do a "clean" install (essentially wiping the HD and install the new OS from scratch. I was under the impression that I could just purchase an upgrade CD (or even download the upgrade), install it and be done. Is my local PC guy BS'ing me?

Thanks in advance.


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26 May 2011   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

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Read this Upgrade Install with Windows 7 you will be OK I would backup you data just to be safe.
Jerry

Edit: Se the Windows Anytime upgrade in Control Panel
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to


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26 May 2011   #3
Old Lars

Windows 7 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, I'll check it out.
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26 May 2011   #4
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Old Lars View Post
Thanks, I'll check it out.
You're Welcome if you have any more "?" just ask.
Jerry
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26 May 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Old Lars, welcome to Seven Forums!



Your PC guy is pulling your leg, have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Do a Windows Anytime Upgrade in Windows 7

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26 May 2011   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Lars, he's having you on.

I recently upgraded from Professional to Ultimate by purchasing a product key from Microsoft.

Just choose Windows Anytime Upgrade, enter the Product Key you paid for, let Windows validate the key and wait for the upgrade to complete. If you have the latest updates installed, it'll only take a few minutes.

Activate on completion and you'll be good to go. Your setup is unchanged and it's cheaper than buying a new operating system.

You can upgrade from Home Premium to Professional using this method, but if you want to go from Home Premium to Ultimate it may indeed have to be a clean install.
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26 May 2011   #7
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
You can upgrade from Home Premium to Professional using this method, but if you want to go from Home Premium to Ultimate it may indeed have to be a clean install.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...79(WS.10).aspx

An Anytime Upgrade from Home Premium to either Profesional or Ultimate is supported.

In the US, the Microsoft Store sells the Anytime Upgrade key to take Home Premium to Ultimate for $139.95.

Microsoft Store Online - Windows Anytime Upgrade: Windows 7 Home Premium to Ultimate - Buy from Microsoft Store
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