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Windows 7: Upgrade Home Premium to Professional? (7)

07 Mar 2017   #51
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you look at the installtion media there is a folder called "sources". In that folder are two files with .wim extension. I suggest you use 7-zip for looking inside .iso and .wim files

Boot.wim contains 2 images.It contains the pre installation environment and repair tools. That is what boots up and loads into RAM so you can install windows from the second ( much larger ) .wim file called install.wim.

Install.wim contains several images - usually it has all 4 editions ( Home basic, Home Premium, Pro and Ultimate.) 32 bit install media also includes Starter edition.

It is possible to "mount" one of the images and integrate the updates ( and drivers if you like ). Then when you unmount the image , saving the changes, the newly saved image contains the updates.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomkat View Post
What are wim files, and why is it useful to update them?
Just curious before I run that program.



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07 Mar 2017   #52
Tomkat

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I'm at my wits end... I've downloaded and installed over 200 updates, yet my 3D modeling program STILL CRASHES. (It was working for awhile, yesterday.) I've uninstalled and re-installed as admin, tried compatibility modes. Any suggestions?
I'm suspecting nothing short of a wipe/clean install is going to solve this - hopefully I'm wrong.
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07 Mar 2017   #53
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Note: you will need to copy /extract the install.wim from .iso before attemting to mount an image from it.

If I get the time, I may do a tutorial at some stage.

Once you have done it, you realise it is very easy.
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07 Mar 2017   #54
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Any error messages?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomkat View Post
I'm at my wits end... I've downloaded and installed over 200 updates, yet my 3D modeling program STILL CRASHES. (It was working for awhile, yesterday.) I've uninstalled and re-installed as admin, tried compatibility modes. Any suggestions?
I'm suspecting nothing short of a wipe/clean install is going to solve this - hopefully I'm wrong.
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07 Mar 2017   #55
Tomkat

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you look at the installtion media there is a folder called "sources". In that folder are two files with .wim extension. I suggest you use 7-zip for looking inside .iso and .wim files
I downloaded that zip file you linked to above... but I don't see any "sources" folder, nor any .wim or .iso files contained within. (I use WinRAR) Did I download the wrong thing?
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07 Mar 2017   #56
Tomkat

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Any error messages?

Nope, it just crashes and closes.
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07 Mar 2017   #57
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You need to run 7zfm.exe and browse to your installtion media. That assumes you have installtion media. If not, I suggest you get it.

Upgrade Home Premium to Professional? (7)-7z1.jpg

Dble click the .iso to see this:

Upgrade Home Premium to Professional? (7)-7z2.jpg

Dble click the "sources" folder and scroll down to see this:

Upgrade Home Premium to Professional? (7)-7z3.jpg

Dble click Install.wim to see this:

Upgrade Home Premium to Professional? (7)-7z4.jpg


1=HOME BASIC
2=HOME PREMIUM
3=PRO
4=ULTIMATE


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07 Mar 2017   #58
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Simply by removing/renaming or toggling off the sources\ei.cfg file, all images become available to install. That means you only need one iso file to install any of the editions. You will need to install the edition you have a license for of course.

Most people get the .iso called Ultimate, toggle off ei.cfg using this:eicfg_removal_utility.zip


winisoutils - Windows ISO Disc Image Utilities
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07 Mar 2017   #59
Tomkat

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Installation media? You mean burn the iso to DVD, yes?

Anyhow, I think I may have to do a wipe/clean install.

My "Windows Installer" is broken... I can't install or uninstall multiple programs. I just tried re-installing office and the setup.exe crashes.

I've copied all my pictures, documents, important stuff, etc to an external drive... is a clean install worth doing?

IF SO, what is the BEST way to do it?
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07 Mar 2017   #60
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes.
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