Upgrading Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional to Windows 7 Ultimate

I am buying the Sony Vaio YB series with Windows 7 Starter edition equipped. I hardly believe that Windows 7 starter has a limited usage for our productivities. It is basically the most important part to reduce the notebook price. Other’s may say “It is Windows 7”, but they never know that the equipped windows 7 has a limited use.

I’m looking forward about how to upgrade my Sony Vaio YB series to Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate. Hopefully I found an article shows me about upgrading the windows to ultimate series. Before we begin the tutorial, may be some of you want to know about the limitations of Windows 7 Starter edition. Windows 7 Starter doesn’t include :

  • Aero Glass, meaning you can only use the Windows Basic or other opaque themes. It also means you do not get Taskbar Previews or Aero Peek.
  • Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes.
  • The ability to switch between users without having to log off.
  • 64 bit version
  • Multi-monitor support.
  • DVD playback.
  • Windows Media Center for watching recorded TV or other media.
  • Remote Media Streaming for streaming your music, videos, and recorded TV from your home computer.
  • Domain support for business customers.
  • XP Mode for those that want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7.


Keyboard shortcuts

A variety of new keyboard shortcuts have been introduced.

Global keyboard shortcuts:

  • Windows key + Space bar operates as a keyboard shortcut for Aero Peek.
  • Windows key + Up maximizes the current window.
  • Windows key + Down if current window is maximized, restores it; otherwise minimizes current window.
  • Windows key + Shift + Up maximizes the current window, in the vertical direction only.
  • Windows key + Left snaps the current window to the left edge of the screen.
  • Windows key + Right snaps the current window to the right half of the screen.
  • Windows key + Shift + Left and Windows key + Shift + Right move the current window to the left or right display.
  • Windows key + + (plus sign) functions as zoom in command wherever applicable.
  • Windows key + (minus sign) functions as zoom out command wherever applicable.
  • Windows key + ESC (Escape key) turn off zoom once enabled.
  • Windows key + Home operates as a keyboard shortcut for Aero Shake.
  • Windows key + P shows an “external display options” selector that gives the user the choice of showing the desktop on only the computer’s screen, only the external display, with the same output on both (clone), or on both displays with independent desktops (extend).


  • Shift + Click, or Middle click starts a new instance of the application, regardless of whether it’s already running.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Click starts a new instance with Administrator privileges; by default, a User Account Control prompt will be displayed.
  • Shift + Right-click shows the classic Window menu (Restore / Minimize / Move / etc.); right-clicking on the application’s thumbnail image will also show this menu. If the icon being clicked on is a grouped icon, the classic menu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All menu is shown.
  • Ctrl + Click on a grouped icon cycles between the windows (or tabs) in the group.
Upgrading Tutorials :

Please follow the tutorials carefully. I myself succeeded upgrading my notebook with this tutorial. By following this instruction, you agree to bear all consequences from the use of existing software in this blog and doesn’t include this blog if caught using illegal software.

Now let’s move on the Tutorial part.

  1. Download the Loader file.
  2. Click “Start Menu”
  3. Write “Windows Anytime Upgrade” in the search box and press “Enter”
  4. Choose “Enter an Upgrade Key”
  5. Insert the following serial number : FHY4Q-VB63H-XK8VD-9Y68P-RFQ43
  6. Wait about 30 minutes, the upgrading process will be finished (your computer will restart a couple times)
  7. Open the downloaded Loader, and click the Loader.exe
  8. Click the OEM Logo you want
  9. Click “OK” to the opened window
  10. Click “install/remove Loader”
  12. After the installation process done, your windows should be restarted by itself.
  13. Check the Windows 7 Status by looking at the properties in My Computer or press Windows Button + Pause
  14. Enjoy Your Windows 7 Ultimate edition and beware of Windows Update KB971033, you should deactivate this update in your Windows Update settings. Cheers Smile

34 thoughts on “Upgrading Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional to Windows 7 Ultimate

  1. arga says:

    Dear mr. eko, i’m interested with the topic that u write here. I’d like to ask smthg and i hope u can help to solve this question. I am going to buy Sony Vaio Y series AMD this month , and as we know the OS is windows starter which is lack of features, so i consider to change it into Windows 7 home premium, can you tell me how to upgrade my sony vaio into Win7HomePremium. I think if i use win7 ultimate series it needs a large amount of memory, 192GB if i’m not mistaken, so i prefer Win7HomePremium to Ultimate.

    Thanks for your help and i hope u can help me to answer my question, and could you also send the reply on your email argaceuz@gmail.com beside write the answer on your blog.

    Thanks 🙂

    • simiancreased says:

      First of all, this is not Mr Eko’s blog. I believe he is quoting my blog as he sells his product. But somehow, i’d like to answer your question anyway.
      The upgrade to windows 7 home premium is actually worthless for me. But if you want to get it, you should have a windows 7 home premium installer. You will find the installer and make it installed by USB devices. Where to get it, actually i have the DVD’s in iso about 3.6 GB include all series of windows installer 32bit and 64bit.

      For me, the ultimate series of windows runs well on my Vaio series. This series actually runs well too in my HP mini 210 laptop. So, why you should get the home premium with some feature that you don’t have other than upgrading it to the Ultimate version. CMIIW

    • simiancreased says:

      Absolutely, you can get it back to the earlier version of it, because the sony vaio has the capabilities to recover themselves by the ‘system care’ option. But if you do that, all the files you hv on the harddrive will be erased and it will be back to the clean version of your vaio. Cmiiw

  2. abi says:

    but, i hav one doubt….after we update from windows starter to home premium or ultimate can we dump the updated version of the OS on a DVD….coz in future if the notebook is effected with virus or malware,so that we can use the DVD directly to install the OS rather than using “system care” which will install starter again…..is it possible ???

  3. dudysov says:

    hi..your article is great..but after I did your step by step to up grade my win, I found a trouble . after 2 mounts using it, my win asking me to input the activated code. than the main page appear wording ” this copy of windows is not genuine”… cold you help me to dissolved this problem.?
    I hope the solving problem not make me reinstall a basket of my program…
    thangs for all your attention.

    • simiancreased says:

      “Enjoy Your Windows 7 Ultimate edition and beware of Windows Update KB971033, you should deactivate this update in your Windows Update settings. Cheers Smile”

      Here, I’m pointing in the last tutorial. This update made your windows known not genuine, that’s why I recommend you not to install this update. Here’s the step to remove the “not genuine windows”, Follow carefully :

      * Launch the loader application and select to uninstall
      * Restart the PC
      * Install the loader and restart the PC
      * Visit the following website to revalidate Windows: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate/validatenow.aspx


      Is Windows failing to boot after you installed the loader? Just do the following.

      * Boot up the PC from your Windows installation disk
      * Select the “Repair your computer” option
      * Select “Command Prompt”
      * Input “bootsect.exe /nt60 SYS /force” (without quotes)
      * Restart the PC

      Note: If the above doesn’t fix your boot issue then use the command “bootsect.exe /nt60 ALL /force” instead. Just make sure you remove all USB flash drives before you use the command.


      If you have previously used another activation solution and have been marked as non-genuine then you first need to uninstall the software you used or just format and start fresh.



  4. dudysov says:

    thanks for your tutorial..
    BTW, if I do your last step for re install boat loader,are all my application that I already install will be damage or loss..or may be they still can used after it.??

    thanks & regards

    • simiancreased says:

      no, reinstalling the boot loader will not do any harm to any of your application. It only changes the windows startup system files.


  5. bayou says:

    Bro, udah support untuk win 7 64bit blom?
    gw penasaran nih, pengen upgrade tapi takut masalah di drivernya ntar….

  6. anik says:

    three questions:
    1)does this works for an authenticated windows 7 home basic 32 bits or 64 bits?
    2) the serial number, it can be used in multiple machines?
    3)i have a sony vaio with 7 basic installed, do i have to change the drivers?

    • simiancreased says:

      1. Yes, Follow my instructions
      2. Yes, multiple machines can do the same.
      3. The drivers will stay the same

      • anik says:

        Sorry i had been gone for a long time… But all i want to say that the guide was great… i tried it out and it works great… i have turned windows auto upate off for prevention of accidental download of the updae u warned about… but there is one thinh i would like to draw your attention to… i didnt need the internet connection to upgrade from basic to ultimate… any idea how that was possible ??

      • simiancreased says:

        Without internet connection, you need a dvd or flashdisk with windows 7 ultimate edition to upgrade it. CMIIW


  7. Ahmad Nasser says:

    mantab mas bro… upgrade berhasil… cuma agak bermasalah loadernya aja, setelah cari2 loader lain akhirnya bisa juga… nice tutorial!!!

  8. WildIbba says:

    I have one question.
    in the last part of the tutorial ur mentioning to deactivate the update.. thn how will windows update itself and will the drivers remain original

    plus what about the files which we are having now…..

    • simiancreased says:

      Deactivating the update will avoid the not needed update of newbies. IF you are an advanced user, just turn on the update but make sure that KB 971033 will never be installed in your computer.


  9. ccye says:

    Mau nanya, kalo kita sudah update Windows Update KB971033 di windows 7 starter, apakah ketika sudah upgrade windows 7 ultimate akan ke blacklist? Mau upgrade tapi masih ragu2 gara2 sudah update Windows Update KB971033 di windows 7 starter nya. Thanks

    • simiancreased says:

      gpp koq, Upgrade saja gpp, nanti dia akan mengecek lagi setelah upgrade, makanya setelah di upgrade itu masuk ke windows update lalu matikan KB971033nya. CMIIW


  10. eriza says:

    tanya donk,
    saya punya windows 7 professional, gimana cara ugrade nya di VAIO YB?
    apa nanti program bawaan vaio nya ilang juga? karna saya browsing ada yang kehapus and ngga ada drivernya jadi ada beberapa yang ngga berfungsi… thanks

    • simiancreased says:

      Hi Eriza,

      Sepengentahuan saya, untuk upgrade ke windows professional original kalo memang punya dvdnya dan serial keynya, bisa dilakukan dengan upgrade lewat internet seperti yg saya buat di tutorial, tapi untuk serial keynya memakai serial key anda punya. Seharusnya dengan cara upgrade tidak menghapus program bawaan dan driver. CMIIW


  11. loki says:

    kalo upgrade ke ultimate ram 2 giga cukup ga ? trus menurut agan partisi 50 giga buat sistem cukup ga ? aman ga kalo dipartisi pake easus ?

    • simiancreased says:

      Semua sih cukup saja, untuk easus saya kurang mengerti, soalnya belum pernah menggunakan produk asus. CMIIW


  12. Cuma mo kasih masukan bro. Aku pernah tanpa sengaja kena update KB971033, walhasil, kena windows genuine warning. Karena males mo install ulang Windows 7-nya, aku coba ulangi proses Remove WAT( aku ga pake yg “7 loader”).
    Cuma prosesnya ditambahi, remove “RemoveWAT” yg sudah ada dulu, restart, lalu lakukan lagi proses Remove WAT seperti awal kalo kita abis Install Windows 7.

    Beres deh. Kalo di cek di windows update, file update yg KB971033 masih ada… ^^
    Semoga membantu buat yg udah terlanjur kena warning dari Mikrosop …^^

    BTW, jadi pengen beli Vaio YB15AG buat istriku setelah baca reviewnya Bro. Oiya itu windows 7-nya 64 bit ato 32 bit?

    Salam kenal Bro… ^^b

  13. angga says:

    Bro, saya juga baru beli vaio ini. Saya coba upgrade sesuai tutor, stlh masukkan “key” dan click tombol upgrade (step no 6) muncul kata2, upgrade failed. Saya coba berulang-ulang hasilnya sama. Kira-2 knapa ya bro?
    Saya coba offline ga bisa, online (connect internet) juga sama aja jawabnya.
    Terima kasih bro


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