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Windows 7: Windows 7 - upgrade from Home Premium to Professional

11 Feb 2020   #11
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

hi
once you get the key run the tool from this link, copy/paste the output.


Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions


Roy


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11 Feb 2020   #12
AddRAM

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Windows 7 no longer has updates, finished, finito, the end, done

Now you can enjoy W7 update free
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12 Feb 2020   #13
erpster4

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium 64bit [x64]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Windows 7 no longer has updates, finished, finito, the end, done

Now you can enjoy W7 update free
not entirely true, AddRAM.

MS did release some new W7 updates for free last Friday Feb. 7 after EOL (KB4539601 & KB4539602) to fix the wallpaper problems that were caused by the Jan. 2020 updates (KB4534310 & KB4534314)
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12 Feb 2020   #14
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

...and Defender definitions will continue until 2023.
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16 Feb 2020   #15
Gorlash

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Well, this was simply a fantastic experience!!

First, I wanted to try upgrading to Win7 Professional, but in case something went wrong, I wanted an easy fall-back to my current working system. So I decided to get a new disk drive, and clone the system from my old drive to the new one... that way, if anything went wrong, I still had my old working drive.

I decided to take the opportunity, as well, to upgrade my boot drive to an SSD, so I got an inexpensive 2TB SSD (Crucial BX500)... not the fastest drive around, but modest. Sadly, my old motherboard cannot boot to M.2, so this is a SATA 3 drive - but benchmarks show that it is about 3X the speed of my old WD HD. I used AOMEI Backupper to clone the drive; it is a robust, reliable program that I've used before for this purpose... and it worked perfectly - and I was *stunned* by the difference in boot time!!! WOW!! I used to sit and read a book while my computer booted, but now I get the desktop in about 20 seconds, though it takes a couple more minutes for all my crap to load...

ITM, I went on Ebay and purchased an unopened copy of Windows Anytime Upgrade, $14 after shipping, and guaranteed free return if anything went wrong... but nothing did. The new key worked fine, and Microsoft happily uploaded all the new software to upgrade me to Windows 7 Professional, and everything works beautifully!!

So now I have a blazing new machine, with 32GB RAM, and everything runs perfectly...

As they might say on icanhascheezburger.com... I has a purr...
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18 Feb 2020   #16
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 

Did you run MSCONFIG, and change that nasty 30 sec. boot delay, to 3 sec.?
That can speed up your boot by 27 sec's anyway.


There's a bunch of other speed up tweaks, but that's too much for this thread.


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19 Feb 2020   #17
Gorlash

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
Did you run MSCONFIG, and change that nasty 30 sec. boot delay, to 3 sec.?
That can speed up your boot by 27 sec's anyway.
Well... *that* was certainly a disaster!!
I ran MSCONFIG, but it opened on the General tab, with 'Selective Start' selected !!
I obviously didn't want that, so I clicked on 'Normal start' and hit Apply...
I then went to the Boot tab and changed the startup time from 30 to 10 seconds, and hit Apply.

I closed MSCONFIG and rebooted, and now boot fails with:
status: 0xc000000e
the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I of course do not have a Win 7 Professional setup disk.

I tried booting to a Win7 Ultimate setup disk, and ran the 'Repair your computer' option, but unfortunately it doesn't show any existing OS partitions on the disk...

Is there any I can recover from this, other than completely formatting and re-creating the installation?

Fortunately, I still have the old Win7 Home Premium disk, which is what I'm running with now...
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19 Feb 2020   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

This is what mine shows

Windows 7 - upgrade from Home Premium to Professional-msconfig-general.jpg


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19 Feb 2020   #19
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
I of course do not have a Win 7 Professional setup disk.

I tried booting to a Win7 Ultimate setup disk,

Fortunately, I still have the old Win7 Home Premium disk
They are the same apart from one little text file in the sources folder called ei.cfg, which can be deleted, resulting in media that allows a choice of all editions. Like this:

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Is there any I can recover from this, other than completely formatting and re-creating the installation?
Do you have restore point or a system image?


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19 Feb 2020   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you have a win7 dvd/iso file which includes SP1, you can easily change it to all editions media.

You can't delete the sources\ei.cfg file directly from a dvd, so create an iso from the dvd using something like gburner ( which is a fully functional trial for 30 days). Then delete the ei.cfg from the new iso. Then burn the new iso to dvd/bootable usb stick.

Windows 7 - upgrade from Home Premium to Professional-gburner0.jpg

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