Solved Updating Win 7 Starter to Win 7 Home Premium

Gigabyte / Ga-78lmt-s2p
November 30, 2017 at 05:22:42
Specs: Windows 7 Starter, 2gig
I'm going backwards in time here but some help will be appreciated I have resurrected an early (+- 2007) Toshiba Netbook running Win 7 Starter and I thought to update it to Home Premium. It has 2gig ram and 200gig free space on the drive. It's more of a "can I do it thing", I am already running Win 10 on my Asus so as you can imagine it really is a "can I do it thing".

My problem is that when I install from the disk I have 2 options, clean install and wipe any detail on the drive OR upgrade install and retain settings etc.

When I do a clean install I am unable to connect to the internet. If I opt to retain settings etc I reach an early stage in the install where when I select "Upgrade" I am advised to remove the install disk and restart the computer, insert the disk and restart the computer.

My problem is how do I restart the Netbook without stopping the install? I tried it and a requester comes up warning me that the install wiil cease if I restart. So how the devil do I do this?

Any and all help will be appreciated.

Regards

PS: Just in case you wondered all disks ie the installed existing Starter and the anticipated Home Premium are legitimate.


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#1
November 30, 2017 at 09:04:46
Copy off all your important files, then boot off the Win7 disc. Select Custom (advanced), then click Drive options (advanced). Delete ALL partitions so that all you have left is unallocated space, then create one partition. Setup will automatically create a boot partition. Continue with the installation....

After Windows is installed, you'll have to install the device drivers. Always start with the chipset driver, then the others can be installed (audio, graphics, network, wireless, etc). The Windows disc only has a limited number of drivers - most are generic & all are outdated. If you post the make/model of your computer or make/model of your motherboard, one of us should be able to point you to the drivers.

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#2
November 30, 2017 at 14:52:59
Thank you riider I should have done that in the first instance. The model is a Toshiba NB550D.

Can you advise how to install and still keep the settings.

Regards


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#3
November 30, 2017 at 19:54:24
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If I remember correctly to go from Starter to Home Premium you only have to change the activation key and Starter can become Home Premium, Professional, Or Ultimate depending only on the key that activates it.
In other words the program that is installed it always the same, just the parts that are activated with the key.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
November 30, 2017 at 21:21:20
Thank you Fingers and riider, muggins that I am I should have known the procedure (after al these years of mucking about with Windows), I restarted the Netbook, stuck the install disk into the external drive, pressed "Setup.exe" and away we went. It's installing now (I hope) but if anything goes wrong I have the latest backup I can restore.

Thank you both for your help and regards...


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#5
November 30, 2017 at 21:35:41
Well then I am now advised that Started cannot be updated and I should use my install disk to install a fresh copy. I can't be bothered looking for drivers and all because the exercise was just to pass time on what is a very rainy day. So the Netbook goes back into the cupboard until the next rainy day.

Thanks again or your advice... regards


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#6
December 1, 2017 at 02:28:52
Been a while since I installed windoze (now on Macs mostly), but I seem to recall that when one runs setup from the dvd, there is an option for a repair rourine? There are two types of repair, one being via Recovery Console(?). The other appears if one ignores the RC and goes on a little further, when there is usually a prompt re' repairing the current installation? Have you tried the second approach?

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#7
December 1, 2017 at 14:26:21
" I can't be bothered looking for drivers"

Bothered? All you have to do is go to the Toshiba website.
http://www.mytoshiba.com.au/support...

BTW, it's best to not have any external HDDs connected during the reinstall.

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#8
December 1, 2017 at 18:05:37
Thanks riider I actually went there second time around but to be honest by then the inspiration had worn off and I just thought bugger it and I gave the game away. I did download the drivers I need and They are saved for the next rainy day. The weather is pretty crook at the moment so I might have a crack at it over the weekend

Thanks trvlr there are no faults in the install but thank you for you advice anyway.

Thanks to all again... regards


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#9
December 2, 2017 at 07:37:39
More for the benefit of others who may come across this post via the web in general:

These links discuss the repair installation routine; and cover a few of the options...

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

https://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/...

There are other similar approaches too - which although applied initially to XP - likely are of help here to "others" are not entirely clear on the whole process:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/X...

Note that the installation repair in the Michael Stevens link is part way down his excellent tutorial; and also he advises one read to it all through first!


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#10
December 2, 2017 at 18:20:34
Thanks trvlr, I have saved the link to Michael Stevens repair and very good it is too. In hindsight I think this is the sort of information one should seek before embarking on "ambitious" tasks.

Thanks and regards


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