08-19-2011 02:55 PM
I have a Toshiba laptop that is almost five years old. I have only used it for light music downloading and data processing, and moderate internet usage. It came with Windows Vista, and after having a lot of trouble with it, a coworker offered to install Windows 7 for me. Little did I know it would be a pirated version of Windows 7 Professional, with a 30-day trial!! Upon expiration of the 30-day trial, I asked my coworker to help me once more and I was adviseed to just pay for a new barcode for Windows 7 Professional and I can take care of it myself.
Here are my questions:
1. Is it really this simple to fix? Can I repair this myself, or would it be best to have a professional do it?
2. Can I install Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Windows 7 Professional?
3. Will all of my existing programs be deleted again?
I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of investing money in this laptop versus getting a new one. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
08-19-2011 03:00 PM
08-19-2011 03:25 PM
Home Premium is fine for 90% of the people. Unless you have a specific need for something that is only available with Pro, no need to waste the money.
Just have it do a fresh install which wipes the hard drive before installing.