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Windows 7: windows 7 home BASIC to windows 7 professional upgrade

13 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)
windows 7 home BASIC to windows 7 professional upgrade

I would like to upgrade one of our computer in the office which come with windows 7 home BASIC (not PREMIUM) to windows 7 professional.

but i can't find the upgrade purchase option of this. I am finding the upgrade of home premium to professional but not of home Basic to professional

can anyone here guide me to the right direction.

we are looking for upgrade version instead of full version to save the cost.
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13 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

You may need to be using the Windows Anytime Upgrade option, although I'm not absolutely certain whether you can upgrade from Basic to Professional.

Also, you can only use it in certain parts of the world.

Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

All you do is buy a new product key for Windows 7 Professional, click Windows Anytime Upgrade, and then insert the product key that will have been emailed to you.

Windows then downloads the files needed for the upgrade and you will be required to activate the system on completion of the upgrade. Depending on how many files need to be downloaded, the upgrade shouldn't take any longer than half-an-hour.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that you can use the option with the Basic edition of Windows 7.

It would appear you are faced with buying Windows 7 Professional.

Windows 7 Starter is the edition of Windows 7 that contains the fewest features. Windows 7 Starter is only available in a 32-bit version. The Windows Aero theme is not included in this version. The desktop wallpaper and visual styles (Windows 7 Basic) are not user-changeable. Microsoft originally intended to restrict the edition to running three simultaneous applications but this limitation was dropped.[6]This edition is available pre-installed on computers, especially netbooks, through system integrators or computer manufacturers using OEM licenses. Source: Wikepedia.
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14 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1


Windows Anytime Upgrade - Windows 7 - Microsoft Windows

indicates that Home Basic has an Anytime Upgrade to Home Premium, but not Professional or Ultimate.

I wonder if you could use an Anytime Upgrade from Basic to Premium, and then a new one from Home Premium to Professional? (So much for cost savings, though.)

I believe that the Anytime Upgrade is available globally, but it is only available online in selected countries.

The least expensive way to obtain Pro that I know of is to buy a system builder (generic OEM) copy. It probably can't be installed as an upgrade, though.
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14 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1

For best results: a clean install is recommended. Data backup is of course recommended
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15 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by merkat106 View Post
For best results: a clean install is recommended. Data backup is of course recommended

what issues are seen in upgrade rather than the clean installation?

Thanks guyz for suggestions and replies.
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15 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

An upgrade can leave unwanted files lying around, which may impact on performance, but you don't have the aggravation of re-installing your applications.

From a personal point of view, I prefer a clean install because you can then set up your system exactly as you want it.

Whichever method you use, personal data backup is essential as merkat106 rightly points out.

As for going down the Windows Anytime Upgrade route it is possible to use it more than once. As an example, I've used a Windows 7 Professional DVD that was good for the Anytime Upgrade from Home Premium to Professional, and then bought another product key to upgrade from Professional to Ultimate.

Trouble is, it's not much cheaper than buying an Ultimate disc in the first place and it's a bit of a messy method to achieve the ultimate if you'll excuse the pun. :)
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21 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)

Thanks guyz for you nice suggestions.
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21 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by merkat106 View Post
For best results: a clean install is recommended. Data backup is of course recommended

windows anytime upgrade is fast and only unlocks locked functions of higher version that is already there but hidden. its different than standart update so you dont win much from clean install in this case, or even lose time reinstaling software and configuring (if system was good before upgrade)
pro>ultimate upgrade took around 5 minutes, had no problems or slowdowns

there is no direct path from basic to pro.

i wonder maybe you should try basic>premium>pro
but if the cost is close to pro then buy new pro license.

you should read this
nice tutorial
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21 May 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP


You can try the workaround to change between versions of Win7. Set a restore point and change the two registry keys shown below exactly as shown. This tricks the installer into thinking it is doing a same-version Repair Install which is always allowed:

windows 7 home BASIC to windows 7 professional upgrade-win7_alter_registry.pngclick to enlarge

Then run the 32 bit Professional installer from desktop. You can Unlock any version using eicfg removal tool on the ISO which can be extracted with ImgBurn .

This workaround has worked with every other version but I cannot vouch for Basic. You would also want to Clean Install 64 bit if you have more than 4gb RAM.

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22 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)


now i have completed the upgrade.

thanks guyz
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