How to Upgrade to a Better Version of Windows 7 on a Netbook - dummies

How to Upgrade to a Better Version of Windows 7 on a Netbook

By Andy Rathbone

Small notebook computers, known as netbooks, usually come with Windows 7 Starter edition — a stripped-down version of Windows 7 lacking the features found in more expensive versions. If you tire of Windows 7 Starter version’s restrictions, you can upgrade to a better version through the built-in Windows Anytime Upgrade program.

1Click the Start menu and choose Windows Anytime Upgrade.

The Windows Anytime Upgrade window appears, listing your current Windows version in its top-right corner.

2If you bought an Anytime Upgrade key in a retail store (or online from Amazon), choose Enter an Upgrade Key, type in your key, and jump to Step 7.

Otherwise, move to Step 3.

3Choose the option labeled Go Online to Choose the Edition of Windows 7 That’s Best For You.

The program’s Choose Edition window lists the versions of Windows you may upgrade to: Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate.

4In the Choose Edition window, click the Buy button beneath the version you want to buy.

Expand your screen to see all the options.

5In the Billing window, fill out the online form with your billing name, address, and e-mail address, and then click the Next button.

The fields that have an asterisk (*) are required information.

6In the Payment window that appears, enter your credit card type, number, expiration date, and security code, and then click the Next button.

The program charges your credit card and assigns you a key that lets you upgrade to the newer version.

7In the Confirmation window, click the I Accept button.

Because you’re basically installing a new version of Windows, you need to agree to Microsoft’s zillion-page licensing agreement.

8Save any work you have in progress, close all your open programs, and click the Upgrade button to begin the upgrade process.

After ten minutes to a half hour, depending on your particular computer, Windows 7 returns to the screen wearing the clothes of its new version.