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August 3, 2014 4:33:53 PM

So recently I upgraded from 16GB of RAM to 32 GB of RAM. I was originally running Windows 7 Home Premium which apparently only supports 16GB of RAM. So I bought the Windows 7 Ultimate disk from my local computer store and an SSD to put it on now when I go to install my new version of windows what am I going to have to other than simply install windows onto the new drive, install drives, etc. that I didn't have to do the first time I installed Windows 7. Anything dealing with motherboard chipset or things of that sort?

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August 3, 2014 4:37:34 PM

If you have not yet opened the copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, see if you can return it for a cheaper copy of WIndows 7 Professional. It has the same memory support limits and is about $100 cheaper.

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August 3, 2014 4:39:59 PM

Karsten75 said:
If you have not yet opened the copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, see if you can return it for a cheaper copy of WIndows 7 Professional. It has the same memory support limits and is about $100 cheaper.

Physical Memory Limits: Windows 7



Okay I'll do that but is there anything I need to do differently than the first time I installed windows?
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August 3, 2014 4:42:56 PM

jcbraddock said:
Karsten75 said:
If you have not yet opened the copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, see if you can return it for a cheaper copy of WIndows 7 Professional. It has the same memory support limits and is about $100 cheaper.

Physical Memory Limits: Windows 7



Okay I'll do that but is there anything I need to do differently than the first time I installed windows?


No, everything is just as if you install for the first time. TO be super-safe, make sure you put the new SSD on SATA Port 0 and unplug the old HDD while you do the installation. THen make sure the BIOS has the right device first in the boot order when you reconnect the old HDD.

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August 3, 2014 4:43:19 PM

Option 1 - In Place upgrade (w/o new SSD)

In Windows 7 Home Premium, type "Anytime Upgrade" in the Search programs and files box in the Start menu and click on the Windows Anytime Upgrade icon. From there, you can enter your retail (Full or Upgrade) Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate product key and perform a simple upgrade. All programs and files will stay on the computer, no disk is needed and it takes about 10 minutes.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/fe...

Option 2 - New Installation on SSD UEFI Install from USB

http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/321097-ho...
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August 3, 2014 6:59:30 PM

JackNaylorPE's advice is excellent. If your Windows installation is otherwise healthy, there's no reason to do a full reinstallation. The difference between Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate is purely in licencing, the codebase is the same. You may be able to use your Windows 7 Ultimate licence key to perform a licence upgrade without reinstalling anything. If this works (I haven't tried it myself) it will be by far the easiest and least painful method.
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