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 Post subject: Question about installing another OS
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:32 am 
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I just found out I could buy a copy of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate through my university for $10 so I got a copy of each. I'm going to put Professional on my new netbook and I was thinking about putting Ultimate on my desktop since I only have 7 Home on it. My question was if I can then install my copy of Home on another machine after installing over it with Ultimate. How easy is it, or is it a hassle?

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 Post subject: Re: Question about installing another OS
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:29 pm 
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You're typically allotted three re-authorizations on a single key to cover things like hardware upgrades. This generally will allow you to use a key on a new machine (though if you use the same key on two machines simultaneously it will get blacklisted). If you have had to re-enter your key in the past for upgrades then you might have to call MS and explain that you are upgrading and will need additional activations.

Do you have a specific need for Ultimate on your desktop? There really isn't that much of a difference between the different versions unless you're a corporation and need access to some of the more fancy tools in the higher packages (more language packs, encryption, VM, etc).

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 Post subject: Re: Question about installing another OS
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:01 pm 
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No, I don't need it but I bought it to have anyway since it's only $10. I only entered the key once so I should be able to use it on another machine without any problems. Aren't there other multimedia and network options in Ultimate that Home doesn't have too?

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 Post subject: Re: Question about installing another OS
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:05 pm 
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There are more networking options (not sure which version it is included with) but probably starting with Ultimate you can connect to a domain but I doubt you'll need that unless it is required to access the university network.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about installing another OS
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:54 pm 
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$10 for Ultimate. Lucky college kids.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about installing another OS
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:53 am 
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions

If there isn't anything unique in the Ultimate column that you'd actually use, I wouldn't bother with the hassle of formatting.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about installing another OS
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:36 am 
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I definitely won't reformat now, but I just used the Windows Anytime Upgrade feature on the netbook and that only took about 10 minutes and went real smooth, so I might try that.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about installing another OS
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I'm pretty sure you can't re-use the base key if you upgrade.

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