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Windows 7: Win 7 Home to Win 7 Pro

24 Sep 2016   #1

Win 7 Home
Win 7 Home to Win 7 Pro

I have Win 7 Home on my desktop. Purchased a Win 7 Pro "upgrade" disc from Newegg. But, I'm confused a bit by the packaging. The disc is clearly a Microsoft product as I had to "break the seal" to open the disc envelope. But...the label states "This is not a COA". and there is a small sticker covering the validation key. What do I have and how do I install it?

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24 Sep 2016   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
You might post a direct link to the item you bought,
That I've noticed newegg only sells oem/ system builders
They are not Upgrade versions they are full oem/ system builder but you will have to clean install it meaning you will loose any data on the hard drive.

Clean Install Windows 7
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24 Sep 2016   #3

Win 7 Home

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems -

Yikes, glad I asked. I was assuming this was an upgrade. I planned to use the Anytime Upgrade feature, even though it's now disabled, and enter the validation key...or is that still an option?
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24 Sep 2016   #4

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

As far as I know it's not
Only a clean install which isn't necessarily a bad thing upgrades in general suck
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24 Sep 2016   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Anytime Upgrade has been dead for awhile, or so they say.

Just hold on to what you bought, it`s gold.

What is your reason to upgrade to Pro ?
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25 Sep 2016   #6

Win 7 Home

Win 7 Home limited to 16 GB RAM...
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25 Sep 2016   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Do you intend on installing more then 16 ?

Does your motherboard support more then 16 ?

If so then carry on

Not sure why you ever thought it was an upgrade disc, it says nothing of that in it`s description, and I certainly hope there is a COA, and there should not be anything covering it up, you should be able to peel it off the packaging if you wanted to, or it at least should be affixed to the packing and legible.

Don`t ever loose the packaging and disc, put it inside the PC when you`re done with it.

Apparently it`s some sort of scratch off to read the key, be very careful.
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26 Sep 2016   #8

Windows 7 HP 64

I never done, but to do an upgrade, boot your Win 7 Home and launch setup from Explorer. It must be same bit version.
As always, backup your data first.
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26 Sep 2016   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

No way, do a clean install.

Backup your data first.
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