Solved Will Dell Win 7 Pro recovery disc work on non-Dell system?

September 2, 2012 at 03:12:49
Specs: Windows 7, i3
I recently bought a new laptop (HP g6 2105tx) and it came with Win 7 Home Basic. But I have a recovery disk from my previous Dell laptop having Win 7 Pro... Can I install Win 7 Pro using that recovery disk on my new laptop? If yes, how?

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September 2, 2012 at 03:26:16
I'm afraid you can't use the Dell laptop recovery disc on your new HP laptop. The recovery disc installs all the device drivers that are compatible only with the laptop that the recovery disc belongs to.

Your HP laptop has completely different hardware, which means that the drivers on the Dell recovery disc are all the wrong ones. There would be so many driver errors if you used it on your HP laptop that Windows would not run properly, in fact it may not even be able start.

Apart from that, I believe there are also legal issues in using a Dell recovery disc on another make of laptop.

Check the HP website if you want to upgrade to the Professional version. HP may have a Windows upgrade scheme. There may also be an "Upgrade Anytime" shortcut on your HP laptop which allows you to upgrade your version through Microsoft.

Installing the Pro version as an upgrade can be done within your existing Windows version so all your existing drivers, applications & data remain intact.

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September 2, 2012 at 07:08:45
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Home Basic is a lighter/faster version of Windows 7. Do you really NEED the extra features you'd be getting with Win7 Pro? Check the chart:

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September 2, 2012 at 09:02:24
You can not use an OEM disk on a different system.

Take the system back and get one with pro installed if you have a business and need that extra professional tools.

I am not sure basic is faster as such but it does have less software. The only thing I'd need was media center. In pro the only advantage is the xp mode and ad connection.

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September 3, 2012 at 02:23:23
You guys seem to be right... Win 7 home basic is enough for my needs and I am going with it.

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