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Win 7 Home Premium upgrade to Ultimate

    Question

  • If I upgrade my OS, Win 7 Home Premium to Ultimate edition, will my all previous programs remain installed?
    I mean do I need to re-install VS 2010,office 2010,HP Laptop pre install programs which are there in the current Home Premium installation.

    I will install it from MSDN(I have the MSDN subscription), how I will get the product key?
    Also please help me if I need to keep some pre coutions while upgradation.

    Thanx in advance
    Raj

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 4:53 AM

Answers

  • I successfuly upgraded my Win 7 Home premium to Ultimate version and my all programs remain installed.

    Just to share my experience:
    If we have a valid Product Key of Win 7 Ultimate then we don't have to purchase the said OS or we do not need to insert any OS cd in the dvd drive. We can use Windows anytime upgrade (which is installed in Win 7 Home Premium) program, enter your valid Win 7 Ultimate Product Key. It will take max 15 to 20 min to upgrade your OS (internet connection required).

    Thanks

    Raj

     


    Raj
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Monday, October 25, 2010 7:01 AM
    Saturday, October 23, 2010 8:40 AM

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  • By upgrading you keep your applications and files, although you may have to check compatibility, I have noticed on upgrade to higher versions of windows 7, some application's conflict with resources used by the new features that come with the upgraded version.

    If you download Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) this will check for compatibility of your apps with the version of windows 7 you wish to upgrade to.

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:07 AM
  • Hi, Thanks for your reply.
    Do you have any idea If I upgrade my OS, Win 7 Home Premium to Ultimate edition, will my all previous programs remain installed?


    Raj
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 5:52 PM
  • I successfuly upgraded my Win 7 Home premium to Ultimate version and my all programs remain installed.

    Just to share my experience:
    If we have a valid Product Key of Win 7 Ultimate then we don't have to purchase the said OS or we do not need to insert any OS cd in the dvd drive. We can use Windows anytime upgrade (which is installed in Win 7 Home Premium) program, enter your valid Win 7 Ultimate Product Key. It will take max 15 to 20 min to upgrade your OS (internet connection required).

    Thanks

    Raj

     


    Raj
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Monday, October 25, 2010 7:01 AM
    Saturday, October 23, 2010 8:40 AM
  • No, you will not lose any files.

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    Now, if you have "key problems", there are two different kinds of upgrades:  See this post of mine:

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    Thanks to a wonderfully smart, fast, and calm woman from Microsoft in Cebu for a VERY quick 5-minute and no-cost solution: I also made sure her supervisor got a compliment noted for her. She saved me tons of time and money as well as the angst from the day before looking for the answer.

    I also had purchased a Windows 7 Ultimate Academic Upgrade CD which I applied to a Windows 7 Home Premium box so that it became an Ultimate O/S - and got a "invalid key" message. I could not find a blog post to fix this and the computer manufacturer told me to reinstall back to Home Premium. Fat chance...

    Do the following:

    1. Call Microsoft Tech Support at 1-800-936-5700 (or local equivalent), and press 1 for Customer Support. Hours are 5am-9pm Mon-Fri, 6-3pm Sat & Sunday, Pacific Time USA.

    2. Run msdt.exe (Start, search, msdt).

    3. The support person will generate a pass key for you. Type that in the box as indicated.

    4. Download - next - Product Activation - Change product activation - Next

    5 Choose "Apply this fix". Next. This will say "Resetting licensing software".

    6. You will then be asked to restart (reboot).

    7. Upon reboot, a window will pop up asking for you to put in the license key (e.g., here, from the Academic Upgrade disk). Enter it.

    8. It will accept it, register it as a valid license key, and your problem will be solved.

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    Otherwise, BEFORE you buy an upgrade, know this:

    1. Academic Upgrade: Normally is to be used to upgrade a DIFFERENT operating system, such as XP or Vista to Windows 7. That is why the upgrade key will not show as valid. The folks at the university bookstores won't know this, nor will the folks on the academic software websites online. Caveat emptor. Follow above steps from me to call MS support if you do buy this and can't get the key to work. MS was very helpful and understanding, and the "fix" above cost me no extra.

    2. Anytime Upgrade ($80-$130 USD online for purchase) - This is the proper item to upgrade one type of Windows 7 (such as Home Premium) to another type of Windows 7 (such as ultimate). This is for the SAME operating system (Windows 7 variants). Save yourself the time and buy this instead. You cannot get this at a university or online academic store, and it is a retail purchase.

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    Finally, here is another tool to get your licensing info (besides the already-present msdt tool:

    Download and run the Microsoft "MGADIAG.exe" tool here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/F/3/9F3DED28-A521-4352-B8A4-20368D0CC1AA/MGADiag.exe

    It wouldn't hurt to email / print yourself a copy of this screenshot for future reference.

    Sunday, June 24, 2012 7:32 PM