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  • Question

  • Hi Everybody,

    I am purchasing a PC for use in my lab in the University.  The University has a volume license agreement with Microsoft which provides access to Windows 7 Enterprise.  I would like to know the answer to this question: If I purchase a computer with Win 7 Home Premium (from Dell Home), will I be able to upgrade it to Win 7 Enterprise?  I need the ability to join a domain, which is not available in Home Premium.  Can I upgrade the OS or will I have to do a complete reinstall?

    Thank you for your time.

    Hemant
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 3:34 PM

Answers

  • The answer is NO, you can't upgrade, it will require a clean install. see this table
    From Windows 7 Repair-In-Place Upgrade to Windows 7

    Enterprise

    Enterprise

    Home Basic

    Home Basic

    Home Premium

    Home Premium

    Professional

    Professional

    Starter (x86 only)

    Starter (x86)

    Ultimate

    Ultimate

     

    From Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7

    Home Basic

    Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate

    Home Premium

    Professional, Ultimate

    Professional

    Ultimate

    Starter

    Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate



    So do a backup of any data on your Windows 7 Home Premium (if there's any data you want saved). I would at least do a system image backup, so you can return it back to factory specs when you're ready to do so. Then do a clean install of Windows 7 Enterprise (wipe the drive). Don't forget to obtain all the Windows 7 drivers beforehand, however since you're getting a dell with 7 home premium preintalled, Dell should include a drivers disk with your unit (pay the extra $10 for the recovery disk too).
    MCSE, MCSA, MCDST [If this post helps to resolve your issue, please click the "Mark as Answer" or "Helpful" button at the top of this message. By marking a post as Answered, or Helpful you help others find the answer faster.]
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Wednesday, February 3, 2010 8:18 AM
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 4:34 PM

All replies

  • You need Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate. An upgrade is easy.


    Vote if answered or helpful, I am running for Office (joke)! IT/Developer, Windows/Linux/Mainframe RaidMax Smilodon, 680W, Asus M2NBP-VM CSM AMD X2 4200+, 2GB DDR2-800, x600, more details on my site, need a video card for the Windows machine, the 8600 GT fried

    This is not a rhetorical question:

    Does an Enterprise key permit an upgrade-in-place?

    It could, although I doubt that it would be of much interest to most corporate IT departments.
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 4:01 PM
  • The answer is NO, you can't upgrade, it will require a clean install. see this table
    From Windows 7 Repair-In-Place Upgrade to Windows 7

    Enterprise

    Enterprise

    Home Basic

    Home Basic

    Home Premium

    Home Premium

    Professional

    Professional

    Starter (x86 only)

    Starter (x86)

    Ultimate

    Ultimate

     

    From Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7

    Home Basic

    Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate

    Home Premium

    Professional, Ultimate

    Professional

    Ultimate

    Starter

    Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate



    So do a backup of any data on your Windows 7 Home Premium (if there's any data you want saved). I would at least do a system image backup, so you can return it back to factory specs when you're ready to do so. Then do a clean install of Windows 7 Enterprise (wipe the drive). Don't forget to obtain all the Windows 7 drivers beforehand, however since you're getting a dell with 7 home premium preintalled, Dell should include a drivers disk with your unit (pay the extra $10 for the recovery disk too).
    MCSE, MCSA, MCDST [If this post helps to resolve your issue, please click the "Mark as Answer" or "Helpful" button at the top of this message. By marking a post as Answered, or Helpful you help others find the answer faster.]
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Wednesday, February 3, 2010 8:18 AM
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 4:34 PM