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If I'm performing a an upgrade to Windows 8, do I have to have the previous version installed, or is just having the key enough?

I'm planning to buy a Windows 8 Upgrade for my computer, and need to know if I have to keep my Windows 7 disks around and have to install Windows 7 first before doing the upgrade, or if there is ...
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Will it be possible to upgrade from Windows 8 Release Preview to the RTM version?

Will it be possible to upgrade from Windows 8 Release Preview to the RTM version? I've seen this related question Upgrade/Update Windows 8 customer preview to normal version, but I'm interested to ...
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What happens to the Windows 7 key when upgrading to Windows 8? [closed]

Microsoft is offering "Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade" at a discounted price compared to the OEM version. However it states: If you currently have a personal computer running Windows 7, ...
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Windows 8 Pro Upgrade but no previous version of Windows installed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If I’m performing a an upgrade to Windows 8, do I have to have the previous version installed, or is just having the key enough? I have a license for Windows 7 but don't ...
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Is it possible to upgrade the graphics card in modern laptops?

As there's no definitive answer to this, and I would prefer not to be too specific about particular models, what are the things that determine whether this is possible or not? What expansion slots ...
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How can I upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and keep my files and applications?

I want to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8. How can I do this while keeping all of my files in-tact? Is it possible to retain all of my applications and user settings, too?
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How do I upgrade to Snow Leopard without a CD drive?

I'm on a Intel Mac (desktop) which has a broken CD drive. Is there any way to install without buying an external CD drive?
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How to backup Windows 7 and revert upgrade to Windows 8

I am currently on Windows 7, and want to upgrade to Windows 8. In case something goes wrong, or an important application stops working on Windows 8, how can I create a backup that can be used to ...
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Any compelling reasons for upgrading Vista to Windows 7 [closed]

I have been using Windows Vista since it first came out and had no problems so far. Are there any compelling reason to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7? It seems like windows 7 is slightly faster ...
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How can I determine a computer's specs? [closed]

I have a client who has a computer they want to upgrade. They are unable to tell me the specs of this computer and they're not the type of person I could walk it through with. Ideally, I'd like to ...
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Windows Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit upgrade?

I have an old Vista box sitting around, and I'm thinking of upgrading it to Windows 7 64-bit, as it has 4gb of RAM. Well, I know that there's an "in-place" upgrade from Vista, but does it work from ...
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Clean Install Using Windows 7 RTM Upgrade

I am thinking about getting a pre-order for Windows 7 upgrade, but I don't want to buy it if I can't do clean installs with it. How does the upgrade process work exactly when comming from Windows Xp ...
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Windows 7 does not recognize Media Card Reader after upgrade from Vista

This question is a result of the issue stated in this SU-question. Please read it beforehand. I have upgraded my OS from Windows Vista Home Premium x64 to Windows 7 Home Premium x64. It's a legal ...
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How do I upgrade from Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM?

I want to install Windows 7 RC. I know about the time bomb in June of 2010, where it will cease to work, and that a few months before that it will shut down every two hours. If I install Windows 7 ...
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Is it possible to get Windows 10 upgrade as an ISO image (to make a bootable install disk from)?

The Windows 10 upgrade, free to users of earlier Windows versions, is out on July 29. The upgrade is being made available via Windows Update as an automatic download and install, if the user has opted ...
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Can I upgrade my laptop CPU

I have Lenovo Ideapad Y510 with dual core 1.6 Ghz processor, 1GB ram, 160GB HDD. I want to upgrade my current cpu with any latest one like i3, i5 or i7 to get more speed but don't know if it is ...
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How to use a retail Windows 7 Professional license key to upgrade an installed Windows 7 Home Premium machine

I purchased a retail version of Windows 7 Professional and installed it on a computer. That machine has died, and I replaced it with a new computer which came with Windows 7 Home Premium already ...
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Using the same Windows 8 Upgrade installer on multiple PCs

As per the article How the new Windows 8 license terms affect you: You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. … You may not transfer the software to share licenses ...
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Which steps are needed to change motherboard on Windows 7 without reinstalling?

I am planning to upgrade my Sapphire AM2+ Motherboard (Chipset 780G) with a new MSI AM3 (Chipset 785G). I don't want to format and reinstall Windows 7. I have heard that with Windows XP is not that ...
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Can I upgrade from Windows 7 32bit to 64bit without formatting? [duplicate]

My friend installed Windows 7 on his computer (upgrading from XP). He wasn't sure if his processor supported x64 or not, so he installed the x86 version, just to be on the safe side. After I looked ...
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Windows 8 Upgrade Failed - No Error Info

When I tried to upgrade 7 (standard install, primary NTFS partition), the installed stopped at 29% and gave me a message that "Installation failed". Not even proper punctuation! I have no idea where ...
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How to dismiss the Windows 8.1 Upgrade banner?

As of today, my Windows 8 system is displaying a large banner covering about a quarter of the screen, demanding that I upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free. The banner helpfully informs me that that I can ...
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Am I missing out on anything by sticking by Windows XP? [closed]

I've seen Vista come by, and while it looked cool, I assumed that it would run slower on my machine with the Aero theme. I also run my XP with animations, shadows and the like turned off, and also set ...
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Tools to find bottlenecks in hardware configuration

I'm thinking of upgrading my notebook and I want to find the tightest bottlenecks in its hardware configuration to target my money in the most efficient way. So what software tool can you recommend to ...
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Is a clean install really better than an upgrade?

What makes a clean install of an OS better than just upgrading? (In the context of MS Windows) Is it all in our heads?
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Windows 7 upgrade and Grub boot loader

I currently have a PC with Vista and Ubuntu installed, using the Grub boot loader to select the OS. The two OSes are on separate partitions. If I were to ugrade the Vista installation to Windows 7, ...
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Upgrading laptop processor

I have a Dell Studio 17. It's a few years old, and I wanted to upgrade the processor. It currently has an Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 @ 2.00GHz My question is how can I find out which processors are ...
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Can I install from a Windows 10 ISO or USB stick and still get the free upgrade?

I am trying to upgrade my Win7 system to Windows 10 (because I am, apparently, masochistic). It's not working, locking up at about 30 to 35%, requiring me to reset, which then backs out the upgrade. ...
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Rules for adding/upgrading RAM

I need to upgrade RAM on my machine. I've done this before, but it was ages ago. There were rules or guidelines then as to what could and couldn't be done (some rather obvious) : All RAM to be of ...
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RAM upgrade (2GB+2GB) OR (2GB+4GB)?

I have a Hp 630 laptop. 2 DIMMs and 2GB(1066 Mhz) of ram on one slot. I want to upgrade it. At this point I have two solutions: upgrade to 4gb (2x2 Gb) upgrade to 6gb (1x2 Gb + 1x4 Gb) Which one ...
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Vista to Windows 7 - Upgrading or clean installation?

I've always done clean installations in the past when I've upgraded Windows, it seemed like a smart and sensible thing to do, but an article on Ars Technica made a passing comment that an in-place ...
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Upgrade from Windows Vista (x64) to Windows 7 (x64)

Is it possible to upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium (x64) to Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) without losing the current programs, their settings and the data in the hard disk? If possible, how much ...
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How do I know what type of RAM I have?

I've got an old computer from a friend of mine that does not use it anymore i order to use it like a test server. Now, I'd like to upgrade it, by adding to it some RAM. Wondering about how to know ...
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Upgrade RAM or CPU [closed]

I have an IBM X31 with 1GB of RAM and a 1.4GHz proccessor running Windows 7 Home premium. Which would be more worthwhile to upgrade, the RAM to 2GB or the processor to a max of maybe 2GHz? Thanx in ...
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How hard is it to upgrade my Boot Camp Windows 7 to Windows 8?

I use Boot Camp and rEFIt to dual boot between Mac OS X 10.8 and Windows 7. How hard is it to upgrade my Windows to Windows 8? Is it even an option, or will I have to essentially wipe Windows and ...
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Will my apps and files be lost or MIGHT they be lost?

When the official release of Windows 8 comes out 10/26 (or soon thereafter), I will want to upgrade from the RC on my laptop. I understand that I can't just upgrade in place; I have to do a full ...
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Performing a clean install of the Upgrade version of Windows 8 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If I’m performing a an upgrade to Windows 8, do I have to have the previous version installed, or is just having the key enough? Is it ossible to clean install the ...
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Add RAM to my desktop

I've never added RAM to my desktop PC yet. It has an Intel e5700 processor, and currently has 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Also it is 32-bit Windows 7. Am I right in thinking I can just buy some extra RAM, say ...
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Upgrading motherboard without reloading OS

This question is an offshoot of soemthing I asked earlier: Disable "Auto Restart after BSOD" from Command Line Is there a way to wipe out current motherboard drivers on the HD so that you ...
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Windows 8.1 upgrade download location [duplicate]

My Windows 8.1 upgrade is currently downloading via Microsoft Store. I have two laptops running Windows 8 both of which I am planning to upgrade. Since the upgrade requires downloading 3.6 GB, ...
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Upgrading laptop RAM [duplicate]

(This question was originally asked for my specific laptop: Dell XPS 15 L502X. But it seems that understanding I gained from the upgrade experience I am able help my friends to decide upgrading RAM ...
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Troubleshooting “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table”

I recently bought a desktop computer with Windows 7 Home Premium x64 preloaded (OEM). I tried to install Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on this computer but I was presented with the following error message: ...
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4GB to 8GB RAM, what performance increase?

I am wondering whether it is worth upgrading from 4 GB to 8 GB of RAM. I know the question has been asked many times, but I can't transpose that to my case. I'm using Windows 7 64-bit. I did a test ...
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Installing Windows 7 upgrade version on a clean disk [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Clean Install Using Windows 7 RTM Upgrade Is it possible to install the much cheaper Windows 7 upgrade version on a clean disk? What information will I need? 1) Will ...
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Update Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8.1 Enterprise KMS activation [closed]

So it is shown that volume license packages of Windows 8, like Pro and Enterprise, are unavailable for upgrading. I received a link last night to download the Windows 8.1 Enterprise 90-day ...
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Upgrading Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10 when Update Manager doesn't let you

I've been trying to upgrade my installation of Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10, but all of the instructions I've found haven't been helping. They mostly say to run the update manager and it'll tell you that ...
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Windows 7 fails to install

I'm upgrading from Vista SP1 (which was actually upgraded from XP over a year ago) to Windows 7 RTM (64-bit Ultimate to 64-bit Ultimate). After 4 hours or so, the install fails with the message "This ...
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The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer

We have a client machine secon (XP-Pro, SP3) and a server machine servlet. When upgrading Norton Antivirus from 11.4 to RU6, one of our applications named 'LeaftradeLauncher' did not start anymore. ...
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Update to Ubuntu 9.10 from Ubuntu 9.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 to Ubuntu 9.10 What are the steps to follow to upgrade from 9.04 to 9.10 as seamless as possible? I have just installed 9.04 and ...
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Advice on in place upgrade of Windows 7 to Windows 8

I have two machines running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, one workstation and one laptop. Both about two years old but fairly powerful and with SSD disks. (But not with UEFI BIOS) I am considering ...