How to upgrade Windows 7 Enterprise to Windows 7 Ultimate

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There is a way to upgrade Windows 7 Enterprise to Ultimate

Go to, Start, Run: and type: regedit.exe
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersion
Change the key : ProductName from "Windows 7 Enterprise” to “Windows Vista 7 Business”
Change the key: EditionID from "Enterprise" to “Business”
Do not restart
Now insert Windows 7 Ultimate CD and start upgrading (the option Upgrade will not be graded out anymore)

The same rule would also apply to Windows Vista too

How to install any version of Windows 7

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All DVD versions of Windows 7 contain the possibility to install all and any version of Windows 7, from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional to Ultimate edition. Actually, the ability to select the version or edition of Windows 7 during setup installation, lies with a small configuration file named ei.cfg on the Windows 7 DVD, disc media or ISO image.

The content of the ei.cfg file, inside the “sources” folder of the DVD looks like below:

[EditionID]
Ultimate
[Channel]
Retail
[VL]
0

When ei.cfg does not exist, Windows 7 setup process will display a screen during Install Windows wizard to ask user to select the operating system (edition) to install. The selection of OS includes Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate. Thus, in order to be able to install any editions or install another different edition of Windows 7 without having to download ISO image or order a new DVD of Windows 7 with all SKUs enabled (allSKU version), use the following hack to delete or modify ei.cfg file.

  1. Download and install an disc image utility such as PowerISO or UltraISO to open the ISO image of Windows 7 DVD. If you own a physical DVD disc media, the similar tool allows you to rip the DVD to ISO or other image format too.Another alternative for user with Windows 7 DVD ISO image downloaded via torrent or from Internet is to extract all contents of the ISO image by using extraction tool such as WinRAR or 7-zip, or mount the ISO and copy contents to a folder.
  2. Browse to /sources/ folder.
  3. Locate ei.cfg file.
  4. Depending on preference, it’s possible to modify/edit or simply delete ei.cfg file, as explained below.

    Choice 1: Delete ei.cfg

    When ei.cfg is deleted, Windows 7 setup wizard will give user an option to select and choose which version (SKU) of operating system user wants to install during installation.

    Choice 2: Edit and Modify ei.cfg

    By modifying the EditionID section of ei.cfg by replacing Ultimate (or other edition specified there) with another edition, user can preset another edition SKU of Windows 7 that user want setup to install automatically. The Edition ID available for installation are as follow:
    Ultimate
    Professional
    Home Premium
    Home Basic
    Starter

    Save the ei.cfg after editing.

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Hack to Upgrade Windows 7 From Beta or RC to RTM

cversion.ini

According to Microsoft, it is not possible to directly or in-place upgrade from Windows 7 Beta or RC build versions.  A few tweaks and enhancements have been introduced during the development process, which can enhance support of Windows Vista to Windows 7 build-to-build upgrade.

Download the Windows 7 ISO.

  1. Burn the Windows 7 ISO image to a DVD, and then copy and whole image to a storage location that you wish to run the upgrade from (can be either any directory/folder on any partition/drive on the machine running the pre-release build, or a bootable USB/FireWire flash drive).Alternatively, it’s possible to directly extract the content of the ISO to a desired folder using file extraction tool such as WinRAR.
  2. Browse to the sources directory.
  3. Open the file cversion.ini in a text editor such as Notepad.
  4. Modify the MinClient build number to a value lower than the down-level build. For example, change 7xxx to 7100.
  5. Save the file in original place and original name.
  6. Start the setup process of Windows 7 as per normal from the modified copy of the installation files, and the version check will be bypassed.

How to Move the Menu Bar Above the Address Bar in IE8

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1. Open notepad.

2. Copy below string and paste it into notepad.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbarWebBrowser]
“ITBar7Position”=dword:00000001

3. Save the file as” ie8menu+.reg” with Save as type is All Files.

4. Double click the registry file, continue with UAC prompt and click OK to confirm you wish to perform the action.

Once you completed the above steps, launch the new instance of IE and you will notice that the menu bar is now appeared above the address bar.

If you would like to revert the above change, follow below steps:

1. Copy below string and paste it into notepad

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbarWebBrowser]
“ITBar7Position”=dword:00000000

2. Save the file as “iemenu-.reg” with Save as type is All Files

3. Double click the registry file, continue with UAC prompt and click OK to confirm that you wish to perform the action.

How to ‘Slipstream’ Office 2007 with SP2

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Hat tip to Paul Thurrott

Remember! Microsoft Office Service Packs are cumulative, you only need the latest service pack.

Here’s how you slipstream Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

1. Download the standalone installer (290 MB). The filename is office2007sp2-kb953195-fullfile-en-us.exe.

2. Create two folders in the root of your C: drive. (C:Extract) and (C:Updates).

3. Move the Office 2007 SP2 installer to the Extract folder.

4. Open a command line window (CMD with Administrative Privileges) and type the following:

CD C:Extract

office2007sp2-kb953195-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:C:Updates

5. Agree to the EULA and then close the Installer when completed.

6. Move the contents of the C:Updates folder to the Updates folder in your Office 2007 install folder structure.

7. Optionally, burn to disc or, update/file share.