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Will a new full retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate or Pro fix the missing Sysprep from an online Upgrade version? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am running an "Anytime Upgrade" version of Windows 7 Professional. I have since discovered that sysprep does not function (or is disabled) on "Anytime Upgrade" versions of Windows 7. In other words, if I had purchased a physical copy of Windows 7 professional then sysprep would be available. Since I did not, sysprep is not available.

    Question: If I purchased a full retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate and upgraded my current version of Windows 7 Professional using that DVD could I then regain a working sysprep feature on my laptop?

    Thank you in advance. I would upgrade to Windows 10, but my graphics card is not supported by Windows 10. I receive an error from Windows 10 Upgrade .... "Windows 10 is not compatible with your graphics card". 

    Any workarounds or advice would be appreciated.



    • Edited by WallaceRose Saturday, March 12, 2016 2:58 AM
    Saturday, March 12, 2016 2:55 AM

Answers

  • Hi Wallace,

    At first, I appreciate your observation, your line of thought is exact. If we buy a full retail version of Windows 7 and clean install it, we can use Syeprep function normally.

    However, to my knowledge, Microsoft has stopped selling Windows 7 retail software, it’s hard to buy a new one, we can get a confirmation from this link below.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle#section_2

    Therefore, I suggest to download a Windows 7 Pro ISO image and clean install system to see if can recover Sysprep function, of course, this way needs your product key, we can get image file from here.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7

    On the other hand, if we’d like to try Windows 10 system, our machine’s hardware configuration need to meet the Windows 10 requirement. As you mentioned, your graphics card can’t come up to, I think there is no way to upgrade unless upgrading hardware.

    Hope my clarification is clear.

    Best regards,

    Teemo Tang


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    Monday, March 14, 2016 3:02 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi Wallace,

    At first, I appreciate your observation, your line of thought is exact. If we buy a full retail version of Windows 7 and clean install it, we can use Syeprep function normally.

    However, to my knowledge, Microsoft has stopped selling Windows 7 retail software, it’s hard to buy a new one, we can get a confirmation from this link below.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle#section_2

    Therefore, I suggest to download a Windows 7 Pro ISO image and clean install system to see if can recover Sysprep function, of course, this way needs your product key, we can get image file from here.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7

    On the other hand, if we’d like to try Windows 10 system, our machine’s hardware configuration need to meet the Windows 10 requirement. As you mentioned, your graphics card can’t come up to, I think there is no way to upgrade unless upgrading hardware.

    Hope my clarification is clear.

    Best regards,

    Teemo Tang


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Monday, March 14, 2016 3:02 AM
    Moderator
  • Sysprep does not support an upgraded OS. It is nice to know that in your case, the program will not run. In some other versions of Windows, sysprep will run (open) on an upgraded OS, however it has a habit of corrupting the OS!
    Tuesday, March 15, 2016 7:52 PM