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#1 Hum

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 22:05

For no particular reason, I bought a faster hard drive for my main laptop.

 

a) Not sure if I should just Clone it [Windows 7 Home Premium]

 

b) Copy the Set-up partition, starting from scratch

 

c) Buy new Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate [$88 min.]

 

thoughts ... ?




#2 mduren2445

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 22:27

my thoughts is clean install!!!   new registry, you know there is no critters(viruses or malware) hiding and you can take the crap you are not using off.  If 7 Home has met your needs why go pro?  I would go 7 Pro if I was networking or on a domain



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 22:38

^ Yes -- there have been past viruses, which I think I cleaned out.

 

Also some Registry flaws.

 

And I'd sure like to clear out the Office 2007 -- which messes with Windows Explorer.

 

 

Will take the most work to fresh Install from Windows Pro ...



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 22:57

Well, my first problem is how to get the external drive case open !

 

No obvious way, and Instructions do not explain.

 

Sabrent, model EC-TB4P :s

 

I finally got the external case open.

 

Used the tapping method on the Amazon web site.

 

The guy who designed this case is a saddist.



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 23:11

Well, my first problem is how to get the external drive case open !

 

No obvious way, and Instructions do not explain.

 

Sabrent, model EC-TB4P :s

arent there 4 screws on the sides ?


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 00:46

^ No, screws were out.

 

You add them after putting in the hard drive.

 

Even with no screws in, it's a pain to get the case open.

 

I held the top up-side-down, then cracked it on the bottom, on my knuckle. [ouch]

 

Eventually, the top fell apart.

 

I fixed the display light lens, which I foolishly pushed in, trying to open.

 

Kind of hard getting the screws in the case, so it won't fall all apart.

 

 

I have the drive NTFS formatted.

 

Downloading Windows 7 Pro .... I guess I can buy a Product Key on Monday.

 

These companies seem to be closed for the weekends.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 02:44

Confused - you talk about a faster hdd for your laptop and installing the OS.. But then you seem to be talking about taking apart an external drive case?

 

Your running/booting your laptop OS off an external usb disk??

 

Why I have to ask??



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:19

Windows 7 Pro downloaded.

 

.iso file burned to disk.

 

I'll give W7 a try out, while I wait to make sure that I will be buying a product key for 64-bit.

 

I may still decide to Install Ultimate -- really, just for the bragging rights -- haha.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:30

Windows 7 Pro downloaded.

 

.iso file burned to disk.

 

I'll give W7 a try out, while I wait to make sure that I will be buying a product key for 64-bit.

 

I may still decide to Install Ultimate -- really, just for the bragging rights -- haha.

 

Why would you ever need Pro/Ultimate over Home Premium if you don't need to connect to an active directory?



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:32

^ dunno -- It can run Win XP mode.

 

That will be my excuse. :p

 

I really did not want to clone my Win 7 HP install to my new drive, and be haunted by possible problems.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:38

^ dunno -- It can run Win XP mode.

 

That will be my excuse. :p

But Windows 8 comes with Hyper-V client that is much better than the old horrible Virtual PC.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:58

Why would you ever need Pro/Ultimate over Home Premium if you don't need to connect to an active directory?

 

Bitlocker?



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 15:31

Bitlocker?

I doubt a laptop with Home Premium comes with a TPM chip.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 15:38

Um you can use bitlocker without TPM..  So not sure how that would be a problem - still confused on why anyone would want to install their OS on a laptop to an external drive?  What drive did you buy that is faster?  You linked to external case - not a HDD, etc..?  And why would you not just go SSD for your laptop if you want speed..  Can't see how using an external disk with a "laptop" makes for any sort of bragging rights no matter what OS you put on it - your going to look like an idiot with an external drive hanging off of it -- Oh thats my boot drive ;)

 

Might as well just put a handle on your desktop and tape a monitor to the side of it and use a car battery to power it ;)



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 23:21

Well, I am fully Upgraded now.

 

New faster drive.

 

And I went whole hog -- Installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. :p

 

I wasn't too sure about buying a Product Key, from a Panama web site, with an apparently Chinese name, and a Scots CSR, charging euros. :wacko:

 

Key didn't work at Set-up, but I realized I would need to be connected to the internet.

 

So after I got most drivers installed, I activated on-line.

 

Genuine Windows 7.

 

Gone are the Registry problems.

 

There were only 196 Windows Updates to download ! :s

 

So for less than $100 I have a faster hard drive and the coolest flavor of Windows.

 

A good day indeed .... :cool: