Win7 Home Premium --> Win7 Professional


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SCO

I just purchased a laptop with Win7 Home Premium installed, but it did
not come with the Win7 disks. I am planning to buy Win7 separately.

1. If I purchase Win7 Pro, which includes XP compatibility, will I be
able to run some text-based DOS apps I have that do, in fact, run
under Win XP?

2. If I run the Win7 Pro install disk (the full Win7 pro, not the
upgrade), will it upgrade my laptop to Win7 Pro while still keeping my
entire present disconfiguration intact?

Thanks in advance....
 
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MacCorkindale

SCO said:
I just purchased a laptop with Win7 Home Premium installed, but it did
not come with the Win7 disks. I am planning to buy Win7 separately.
It's worth to check your guarantee if it allows you to do it without
losing it. All laptops these day come without an OS CD or DVD.
However you can burn it yourself following the manual. Your
laptop has a part of your hard drive dedicated for OS which can
be restored at any time you need it.
 
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Sunny

MacCorkindale said:
It's worth to check your guarantee if it allows you to do it without
losing it. All laptops these day come without an OS CD or DVD.
Not correct, The Medion branded (MSI) small laptop comes with a "restore
CD" with Win7 Starter edition, plus another CD with applications and
drivers.
 
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SCO

However you can burn it yourself following the manual. Your
laptop has a part of your hard drive dedicated for OS which can
be restored at any time you need it.
OP: As far as I can tell, the "Restore" feature only restores the
laptop to the original configuration. This has two problems:

1. If the OS somehow becomes damaged but the computer is still partly
operational, I want to be able to repair the OS without having to
restore to the original start up state, and lose all my installed
applications, data, etc.

2. Even if the hard drive completely crashed, I'd rather do a fresh
install of the Win7 OS, as opposed to restoring the original
configuration, because the original config includes loads of crapware
that I frankly wish was not on the computer at all.

So, better to have an original Win7 disk Home Premium. I see I can
get it for roughly $120 on EBay, slightly strange as it costs $200 at
the local stores. Based on other responses, it's not clear that it's
worth getting Win7 Pro, since apparently I cannot use that to upgrade
Win7 HP.
 
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News123

I just purchased a laptop with Win7 Home Premium installed, but it did
not come with the Win7 disks. I am planning to buy Win7 separately.

1. If I purchase Win7 Pro, which includes XP compatibility, will I be
able to run some text-based DOS apps I have that do, in fact, run
under Win XP?
If you just want to run some old DOS applications, then you could try
running DOSBox and just use any of above licenses.

For quite some apps this is a viable approach.
You could even pretest your applications running DOSBox on another OS.
 
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Bob I

It's worth to check your guarantee if it allows you to do it without
losing it. All laptops these day come without an OS CD or DVD.
Not correct, my new Dell Studio included the operating system disc.
 
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XS11E

SCO said:
I just purchased a laptop with Win7 Home Premium installed, but it
did not come with the Win7 disks. I am planning to buy Win7
separately.

1. If I purchase Win7 Pro, which includes XP compatibility, will
I be able to run some text-based DOS apps I have that do, in fact,
run under Win XP?
Probably, it's not 100%.
2. If I run the Win7 Pro install disk (the full Win7 pro, not the
upgrade), will it upgrade my laptop to Win7 Pro while still
keeping my entire present disconfiguration intact?
Yup, I did an "anytime upgrade" on my desktop from OEM Win7 Home
Premium to Win7 Ultimate and when it finished I couldn't even tell w/o
checking, my first thought was the upgrade had failed because
everything was as it was prior to the upgrade but it did upgrade and I
was able to install the XP mode, etc.

If you can do the "Anytime Upgrade" you should keep all your settings,
etc.
 
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johnbee

< 1. If I purchase Win7 Pro, which includes XP compatibility, will I be
< able to run some text-based DOS apps I have that do, in fact, run
< under Win XP?

It is not easily predictable what will work and what will not: some ancient
things written for Win 3.1 work fine, and some written for Win XP won't.
You have a slightly better chance of things working with the 32 bit version
I reckon.

Also, bear in mind that even things that won't work might well have web
pages or fan sites that show you how to get them going.
For example:

http://chrisrimple.com/games/16-bit Compatibility.txt

That is only one example out of tons. Therefore don't give up when at first
you get the odd error message.

So you might not need dosbox (which is a bit of a pain and really only OK if
you're desperate. I think the same is true regarding XP mode).

However, if you really do mean text based DOS programs, then I don't see why
they shouldn't run perfectly, but of course from the command line. You will
probably need your old DOS skills, but what the heck, that is how things
used to be.
 
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Doum

"MacCorkindale" <maccorkindale@uni.net> écrivait @hurricane:

It's worth to check your guarantee if it allows you to do it without
losing it. All laptops these day come without an OS CD or DVD.
However you can burn it yourself following the manual. Your
laptop has a part of your hard drive dedicated for OS which can
be restored at any time you need it.
<snip>

My Asus EeePc came with restoration DVDs even if it doesn't have a DVD
reader.
 
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Doum

I just purchased a laptop with Win7 Home Premium installed, but it did
not come with the Win7 disks. I am planning to buy Win7 separately.

1. If I purchase Win7 Pro, which includes XP compatibility, will I be
able to run some text-based DOS apps I have that do, in fact, run
under Win XP?

2. If I run the Win7 Pro install disk (the full Win7 pro, not the
upgrade), will it upgrade my laptop to Win7 Pro while still keeping my
entire present disconfiguration intact?

Thanks in advance....
If I were you, I wouldn't buy the Retail Pro disk, I would use the "Upgrade
Anytime" feature and when the system is up and running to my liking, I
would create a system image on an external hard disk and a repair DVD to
boot from. See the Maintenance menu in Win7.

HTH
 
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Doum

"Peter Foldes" <okf22@hotmail.com> écrivait @speranza.aioe.org:

Are you sure about "(2)"
 
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Dave

SCO said:
OP: As far as I can tell, the "Restore" feature only restores the
laptop to the original configuration. This has two problems:

1. If the OS somehow becomes damaged but the computer is still partly
operational, I want to be able to repair the OS without having to
restore to the original start up state, and lose all my installed
applications, data, etc.

2. Even if the hard drive completely crashed, I'd rather do a fresh
install of the Win7 OS, as opposed to restoring the original
configuration, because the original config includes loads of crapware
that I frankly wish was not on the computer at all.

So, better to have an original Win7 disk Home Premium. I see I can
get it for roughly $120 on EBay, slightly strange as it costs $200 at
the local stores. Based on other responses, it's not clear that it's
worth getting Win7 Pro, since apparently I cannot use that to upgrade
Win7 HP.
I'm running Win7 Home Professional and was going to switch to Professional
using an upgrade cd. Are you saying you cannot upgrade Home Premium to
Professional?
Thanks,
Dave
 
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undisclosed

Dave;1800074 said:
I'm running Win7 Home Professional and was going to switch t
Professional
using an upgrade cd. Are you saying you cannot upgrade Home Premium to
Professional?
Thanks,
Dave
Dave, you will have to do a custom upgrade from Home Premium t
Professional. The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor at 'Free Download PC Upgrad
Advisor Windows 7 Hardware Programs Issues
(http://bit.ly/WinUpgradeAdv) can scan your PC and provid
recommendations. For comprehensive upgrade information, try 'Buy Instal
Windows 7 New PC Upgrade Vista XP 64-Bit Version Download
(http://bit.ly/bmjgbA). Hope that helps, Andrea Hofer, Windows
Professional Outreach Team @Win7ProS
 
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Dave

in message
Dave, you will have to do a custom upgrade from Home Premium to
Professional. The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor at 'Free Download PC Upgrade
Advisor Windows 7 Hardware Programs Issues'
(http://bit.ly/WinUpgradeAdv) can scan your PC and provide
recommendations. For comprehensive upgrade information, try 'Buy Install
Windows 7 New PC Upgrade Vista XP 64-Bit Version Download'
(http://bit.ly/bmjgbA). Hope that helps, Andrea Hofer, Windows 7
Professional Outreach Team @Win7ProSB
Thanks Andrea,
Dave
 

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