Windows 7 Home Premium to Ultimate

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by oz0ne, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. oz0ne

    oz0ne MDL Novice

    Mar 12, 2010
    4
    0
    0
    I just purchased a new Dell laptop with W7 Home Premium pre-installed. What would be required to do a clean install of Ultimate? Just the .iso and a key, or would some BIOS mods be needed as well?
     
  2. tcntad

    tcntad MDL Guru

    Oct 26, 2009
    4,074
    1,295
    150
    Why would u biosmod if your laptop already came with 7 (which needs slic 2.1 in bios to activate).. just do a "anytime upgrade" using dell ultimate oemslp key.
     
  3. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

    Sep 1, 2009
    1,145
    517
    60
    Depends on what you would be most comfortable with.

    You could use a loader if you prefer a software solution or mod the BIOS (if necessary) for a more permanent solution.

    At any rate, the three things you need are a OEM:SLP Key, a SLIC Table and a matching Certificate. The SLIC Table can be either added to the BIOS or emulated.

    What install medium you use is pretty much irrelevant as any of them (except of course Enterprise) can be turned into an all-editions medium by removing ei.cfg from the sources folder.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  4. oz0ne

    oz0ne MDL Novice

    Mar 12, 2010
    4
    0
    0
    How do I go about doing an "anytime upgrade"?
     
  5. evildave

    evildave MDL Junior Member

    Feb 22, 2010
    59
    10
    0
    control panel -> "anytime upgrade"

    plunk in an OEM SLP key (any vendor's will do), grab a cup of coffee while you wait, and you're done
     
  6. tcntad

    tcntad MDL Guru

    Oct 26, 2009
    4,074
    1,295
    150
    his laptop came with windows 7 and therefore it has slic 2.1 and certificate already, only needed thing here is the oemslp key:)
     
  7. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

    Sep 1, 2009
    1,145
    517
    60
    Yes, i agree that AnytimeUpgrade would probably be the quickest way in this case.

    Unless of course a fresh install is explicitely desired for whatever reason...like too much bloatware installed with the pre-installed edition.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  8. tcntad

    tcntad MDL Guru

    Oct 26, 2009
    4,074
    1,295
    150
    True true :)

    Only i think the OEM software isnt bloatware at all, maybe all the other trialcrap is but its easily uninstalled..
     
  9. iNO12

    iNO12 MDL Member

    Jul 27, 2009
    142
    6
    10
    Since it came pre-installed with Windows 7 there will already be a SLIC 2.1 table in the BIOS. So there is no need for a BIOS mod.

    If you want to do a clean install of Ultimate basically you will need:

    -RTM ISO of Windows 7
    -Dell Certificate (Available in the archive here: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/5952-Win-7-amp-Server-08-R2-SLIC-2.1-Bin-Collection)
    Note: the certificate is the .XRM-MS file.
    -Dell OEM:SLP Key for Ultimate edition (available here: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/10370-Windows-7-OEM-SLP-Key-Collection)

    Just install Windows 7 using the ISO and leave the serial box blank during installation. Then follow steps "F-a" and "F-b" here: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/7126-The-Official-Windows-7-Repository

    An easier way is to just upgrade straight to ultimate without a clean install. Go to your start menu, type "Windows Anytime Upgrade" without quotes into the search box and run it. Choose "Enter upgrade key" and paste in the Dell Ultimate OEM:SLP Key. Wait 10 minutes and it is done.
     
  10. RCOO

    RCOO MDL Senior Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    480
    8
    10
    The keys ain't brand specific. So he only needs an OEM:SLP Key for Ultimate Edition... Doesn't have to be Dell.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  11. iNO12

    iNO12 MDL Member

    Jul 27, 2009
    142
    6
    10
    True but it is a Dell laptop, why use a different manufacturers key? :)
     
  12. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

    Nov 22, 2009
    8,527
    4,065
    270
    It's a preference thing I believe. Shouldn't matter but whatever works...lol
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  13. RCOO

    RCOO MDL Senior Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    480
    8
    10
    Only saying you could have added the information that the keys aren't brand specific. He might think it has to be a key according to the brand and that's not true.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  14. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

    Nov 22, 2009
    8,527
    4,065
    270
    True but it won't matter in functionality so there are no worries concerning this ;)
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  15. oz0ne

    oz0ne MDL Novice

    Mar 12, 2010
    4
    0
    0
    Thanks for everyone's input. I just went with the anytime upgrade and worked like a charm. Do appreciate the information.
     
  16. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

    Sep 1, 2009
    1,145
    517
    60
    Yeah, for some reason i still cant fathom Microsoft made this very easy to do.

    Practically anyone with a leaked SLP Key can upgrade their system that way, and its not like it wasnt to be expected that they are being leaked again.

    Oh well, just enjoy your new system...:)
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  17. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

    Nov 22, 2009
    8,527
    4,065
    270
    I wonder myself why or if MS actually does these things on purpose or accidental. I mean the hole in the registry that leaves the door open to rearm with IR4 is huge and with SP1 they just gave windows 7 users 5 rearms instead of the 3 people get with 7 install. So I'm uncertain what their game is but it's working for us 7 users that's for sure...lol
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  18. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

    Sep 1, 2009
    1,145
    517
    60
    They cant be that dumb so it has got to be intention.

    But then again, considering how many awefully stupid things they do, (things as in unbelievable blunders), maybe im just giving them too much credit...he...
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  19. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

    Nov 22, 2009
    8,527
    4,065
    270
    lol...I think they did it one purpose. I mean really how hard can it be to find a loader in the hidden partition, etc...

    And why would they increase rearms to 5 with SP1 :eek:

    Either they are setting us up for a fall or they are in consideration to the poor people who can't afford 7 or they like you suggested are just lame and out of it...lol

    I dunno :p
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  20. evildave

    evildave MDL Junior Member

    Feb 22, 2010
    59
    10
    0
    The additional rearms are probably to make working with the microsoft imaging tools easier. If you're working with a live reference image, every time you run sysprep -generalize you have to burn one unless you muck around in the registry first, so you have a limited number of times before you have to totally rebuild your image from scratch.