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    Win 7 Home Premium to Professional

    I have an HP Laptop with Win 7 Home Premium.
    I purchased what I thought was an upgrade to Professional. Found it is a full install OEM disc.
    Being the GENIUS I opened the package before verifying what it was and cannot return it.
    My question is can I install this without losing what is already on my system such as programs and personal files.
    Thanks for reading, any help will be appreciated

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    Just for fun I entered the OEM license key in Anytime upgrade. It downloaded and installed Win 7 Pro and nothing was lost

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    Most people have no need for Professional; Home Premium will do just fine.

    The one thing everyone would gain with Professional is Hyper-V; but you can do virtual machines in other ways, not just with Hyper-V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    Most people have no need for Professional; Home Premium will do just fine.

    The one thing everyone would gain with Professional is Hyper-V; but you can do virtual machines in other ways, not just with Hyper-V.
    Think you mean XP Mode .
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruirib View Post
    Think you mean XP Mode .
    Man, this is the second time today that I used the wrong name for something!

    Yeah, yeah, I know, Hyper-V is in Windows 8, not Windows 7!

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    Guess I am not "Most People"

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    Quote Originally Posted by zg1286 View Post
    Guess I am not "Most People"
    There's nothing wrong with having Windows 7 Professional, but most people don't need the additional functionality, which is more suited to a corporate setting than a home setting.

    I had Windows 7 Ultimate at home until I upgraded to Windows 8 Pro. That's because I can buy it cheap at my job, not because I actually needed the additional functionality.

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