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Windows 7: how to upgrades from win7 basic to ultimate using CD

12 Feb 2013   #1

windows 7 basic x64
how to upgrades from win7 basic to ultimate using CD

Hi Guys,

I tried looking over internet for various solution to this, but sadly I haven't found anything that has helped me pinpoint the EXACT how-to on upgrading a windows 7 basic system to ultimate (both x64bit) without losing any of the softwares and any other data on disk.

Overview of issue:
I've bought a new lenovo Z580 ideapad series laptop which came pre-installed with windows 7 home basic (x64) which I absolutely loathe as it has no aero themes and I'd like to change my windows to ultimate. My laptop came pre installed with some softwares and features for which I wasn't provided any driver/SW CD so the only way to keep these softwares intact is to upgrade (from what I understand, upgrading windows doesn't wipe off your softwares and program files?)

What I've already tried:
It seems windows basic can't be directly upgraded to ultimate using windows anytime upgrade. I tried and upgrade failed.

I have windows 7 ultimate 64bit installation CD and product key, is there any way to upgrade my system using that and not do a clean windows install?

If everything fails, is there any safe to use program or method to get setup files of my existing program files so I can reinstall them after clean windows install? And in this case, how will I get their activation keys?

Thanks a lot for looking into this and everyone who helps!

PS: My technical capabilities are that of a beginner so please keep that in mind while suggesting solutions.

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12 Feb 2013   #2

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Take a look at this:
Windows Download and Shop - Microsoft Windows

No install files needed.
Only the Upgrade key is need.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
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12 Feb 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP


You can use the Ultimate Product key to insert in Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to - Windows 7 Forums.

Which of the preinstalled factory bloatware would you like to keep? Have you checked on the model's Support Downloads webpage to see if that software is available? Are you able to make Recovery media off the PC which may include an Apps and Drivers disk, or did you receive one?

I rarely see a situation where licensed software is not available for a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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