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I have switched laptops recently, and I decided I want to make the switch from Windows to Linux (and have gone with Ubuntu for now).

I have the "old" SSD from my previous machine, which has a Windows 7 installation on it. I'm trying to install Windows 7 on VMWare so I can run some of the programs that are only available on Windows (that Wine can't handle).

I also have my Windows 7 key, but I don't know which "edition" it is (Home vs. Premium vs. Ultimate, etc.)

The furthest I've gotten is looking at explorer.exe's attributes to find this:

Product Version: 6.1.7601.17567

But I couldn't find what that means.

I have the SSD mounted and am able to read/access the old filesystem. How can I find out what Windows edition I need to install on VMWare?

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You may use regedit.exe in Wine to Load hive of SOFTWARE registry. It's located at Windows\System32\config\SOFTWARE, then look for value of ProductName and EditionIDunderHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion`

There is also open source offline registry editor for linux at http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/.

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    The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE hive is located at X:\Windows\System32\config\SOFTWARE. Also, the values you should look for are ProductName and EditionID. – and31415 Feb 27 '14 at 10:52

Open the X:\Windows folder on the SSD, and list all .xml files inside which are named after a Windows edition. If there's more than one, consider the highest edition available.



In this case the edition would be Home Premium.


From the windows website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/which-operating-system

Click on the Start button

Right click on Computer

Select Properties

Look under Windows edition

You should see "Windows 7 Enterprise" or "Windows 7 Home Premium" ...

  • He's not able to boot Windows. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 26 '14 at 21:36
  • He has his old SSD. Plug in the SSD and pull the info. – Axe Feb 26 '14 at 21:52
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    You can't just plug in a drive from one laptop in another laptop and expect Windows to start up. Even if you get past any encryption, Windows is very likely to crash due to hardware differences.. Even if hardware is similar, it could still crash or go wonky - or may not even start up because of hardware fingerprint change. – ADTC Feb 27 '14 at 10:54

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