Since you must do this anyway, then you might as well clean install. You can see the kinds of problems that occur with in-place Upgrade, which always imports some level of corruption. Now is the time to start fresh with the cleanest possible install.
If you do not have access to an external drive to store your files, then shrink Vista in Disk Management enough to store your files in a data partition. Then clean install Win7 (premium is fine, BTW) over the Vista partition, using a Custom install with Drive Tools to format the partition first.
Afterwards your files willl be waiting in the data partition, as long as you do not touch that parititon during install.
If you have SATA HD then try install with SATA controller setting in BIOS set to ACHI first, then IDE if necessary. If IDE HD, you may need to Google the IDE controller drive listed, download and unzip it to CD or USB stick, then load it at Load Drivers link shown in Screenshot 7 here: Clean Install Windows 7
I purchased a new laptop which I’ll receive shortly…The operating system is Windows 7 Home edition.
Get Free Anytime Upgrade for Windows 7 and upgrade from Windows 7 Home Basics, Home Premium, Professional to Ultimate Completely Free Keygen Windows 7 Ultimate Free Anytime Upgrade Still using Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional? The EULA for Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium says that I can run it on 2 physical processors in one machine, but in practice it only recognizes one Intel Xeon processor in my Dell Precision T7400. Therefore, I need to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional to get the functionality I was previously promised by Microsoft in a written contract.
I will want to upgrade (or change OS) to either Professional or Ultimate.
I am faced with the following options:
Option 1)I’ve read about this new Windows Anytime Upgrade which will upgrade your current OS to another version provided you have a Windows Anytime Upgrade Key.
Option 2) Assuming I already have the DVD and license product key for Windows 7 Professional (or Ultimate), simply place the DVD and upgrade while providing the product key.
Option 3) Completely format the laptop assuming I have the appropriate DVD and product key.
My questions are the following:
How is the Windows Anytime Upgrade Key different from the DVD product Key?
Are they the same?
If I decide to go along with option 1), can I use the DVD product Key or do I absolutely need this Windows Anytime Upgrade Key?
Thanks in advance!
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There are 2 disk product keys:
Upgrade Windows Vista Home Premium To Windows 7 Ultimate
Full Install Disk
Since you are already on windows 7, anytime upgrade is ideal to move onto another edition as its faster and doesnt require full program re-install.
Anytime is also cheaper than an upgrade disk.
Upgrade disk is really ment for people upgrading from a previous OS, such as XP or Vista