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Windows 7: Will Windows 7 Upgrade work on Windows 7 trial version?

28 Dec 2011   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tammy Moore View Post
Hmmm, considering that it took over an hour to find the phone number to talk to a real human being in Windows tech support, I am wondering if it should matter. JK

Actually, once I did finally find the phone number the tech was very kind and patient. She confirmed that if I bought the upgrade the key would work without having to reinstall. Even with that assurance, I have found it difficult to trust a purchase without hearing from someone who actually did it and found it to be true. My guess is that if she was wrong it would be me to get stuck with the added cost and still have to reinstall everything.

As the day has gone on though, I am finding that I feel more confident in being able to follow Parallels documentation to protect my data, help me with the uninstall, install of Home Premium, and then set the data to be shared again. I would still have to install software and set that all back up again, but the dread is much less than what I felt this morning.

So my plan is to try the method to downgrade that was mentioned by gregrocker. If it works, great. It saved me the trouble of starting over. If it doesn't, well it can all be back up and to the level I have it now in two days or less. sigh. But, I am not doing it tomorrow. It is my birthday and I plan on not inviting headaches when they can wait another day or two. My 30-day Windows trial is good through Sunday. I know what I will be doing all weekend.
You can extend that 30 days at a time for a total of 120 days if you need more time.

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28 Dec 2011   #12
Microsoft MVP


Happy Birthday, Tammy!

Have never seen the change-versions workaround fail. But back up your files and a Win7 backup image just in case! Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

If it isn't to your liking then a Clean Reinstall is always a good thing! Reinstalling Windows 7

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28 Dec 2011   #13

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tammy Moore View Post
I am going to check with my son to see if he feels the Pro version has some essentials that I will need that Home Premium doesn't have.
Here is what Professional has that is not available in Home Premium:

Domain join, Remote Desktop host, location aware printing, EFS, Mobility Center, Presentation Mode, Offline Folders, Group Policy (GP) controls, advanced backup, XP Mode.

Most people don't need any of those features.
I'd add:

Home Premium (X64) supports 16GB of physical RAM. Pro, 192GB.

Home Premium, one physical CPU socket. Pro, 2.

These are irrelevant to most PC users, although 16GB isn't absurdly expensive anymore.
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31 Dec 2011   #14
Tammy Moore

Guest: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium (retail version)

Everything went perfect with the suggestion by gregrocker to upgrade/downgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium. Everything is all settled and no uninstall of my data and programs was needed. A big thanks also to my son who remoted in via MAC/Parallels to assist with the whole thing. :0)
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31 Dec 2011   #15
Microsoft MVP


Glad to hear it, Tammy. Kudos to both you and your son.
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