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Windows 7 Pro Upgrade


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#1 zg1286

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 08:47 AM

I Have HP Laptop w/Win 7 Home Prem 64 bit installed

I bought what I thought was an upgrade dis. Turns out it is a OEM full install.

Being the GENIUS that I am, opened package before checking out and cannot return it.

My question is can I install this and still keep the software I have or will I lose everything?



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 12:55 PM

You will lose all of your data doing a installation of Windows unless it is kept on a separate partition from the operating system.

 

What are you trying to update, Home Premium to what?


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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:07 PM

Home Prem to Pro


Can anyhting be saved with a system image?



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:37 PM

From what you are asking I guess you are not able to boot into Windows in normal or safe mode?

 

You could try the following.

 

Recovering Data with Ubuntu
 
How to use Ubuntu to recover data from a hard drive.
 
Please download Ubuntu, you will need to burn this to a CD in order to make a bootable disc.  
 
To burn a ISO file to a CD or DVD please downlaod ImgBurn and install it.
 
Insert blank CD or DVD into your CD/DVD drive.
 
Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc.
 
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Click on the Browse for a file icon:
 
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Locate the ISO file you want to burn, and click on the Open button.
 
Click on the blue arrow to start burning the bootable CD.
 
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Please note:  In order to boot from this disc you may need to change the boot order in the BIOS to make the CD/DVD-ROM the first device in the boot order, and the hdd the second device.
 
At HowToGeek there is a good tutorial for using Ubuntu to recover data from a hdd.

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:42 PM

I have not tried to install anything yet. OS is still Home Prem and bots just fine.

Was wondering if I can use Anytime Upgrade and insert the lic key of the OE Full Install disc I bought?



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:55 PM

A windows 7 installation disc contains all of the different versions, the product key is what designates which version is released.  For this reason I doubt if you would be able to use the OEM product key for this upgrade.

 

This OEM disc wouldn't happen to be Windows 7 Pro, would it?


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Posted 14 December 2013 - 02:48 PM

Yes it is.

Just for fun I tried the key on the OEM disc. It downloaded and  installed Win 7 pro and nothing was lost.



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 02:57 PM

You beat me to it.  Good for you, you lucked out! :thumbup2:

 

Don't forget, you probably will have to activate this copy of Windows 7.


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Posted 14 December 2013 - 08:23 PM

THANKS for the heads up on activating. Done






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