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Windows 7: Will a Windows 7 Pro key Activate Windows 7 Ultimate?

09 Nov 2009   #1
hoagiedogy

OSX
 
 
Will a Windows 7 Pro key Activate Windows 7 Ultimate?

I am a student and I recently purchased Windows 7 Professional through the $30 student program. However, I have been running the beta and have heard that there are some issues regarding upgrading from Beta which is the Ultimate edition to a lesser edition (ie Pro). I have access to a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate... but I don't have a genuine key for it, however I do have a genuine windows 7 Pro key. Will the windows 7 Professional key activate windows 7 Ultimate?

Thanks!


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09 Nov 2009   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

No... you will need an Ultimate key for the Ultimate disc... If you have a full version of Windows 7 Professional, you can do a clean install, but you will need to reinstall your apps... Be sure you backup your data if you decide to do this..
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09 Nov 2009   #3
zone23

Windows 7 X64
 
 

When you purchased your student copy it should have given you a link to a program to download your install DVD. That is how you get the disk. Now burning that into a DVD is a whole other story, but you need to download the software first.
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09 Nov 2009   #4
leoconsoft

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

no, I have a phrase: "one thing is one thing, another thing is another thing"
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09 Nov 2009   #5
hoagiedogy

OSX
 
 

Yeah.... I understand how to download the software I purchased and all. But I have been reading that people have had trouble upgrading from Windows 7 RC Ultimate to Windows 7 Professional. I wanted to avoid that problem. Is anyone aware of how to resolve the issues with the upgrade from Windows 7 RC Ultimate to Windows 7 Professional?
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09 Nov 2009   #6
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hoagiedogy View Post
I am a student and I recently purchased Windows 7 Professional through the $30 student program. However, I have been running the beta and have heard that there are some issues regarding upgrading from Beta which is the Ultimate edition to a lesser edition (ie Pro). I have access to a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate... but I don't have a genuine key for it, however I do have a genuine windows 7 Pro key. Will the windows 7 Professional key activate windows 7 Ultimate?

Thanks!
Of course you can't activate Win7 Ultimate with a Pro key.

You can do a custom (clean) install of Win7 Pro. You could do that even if the student version was only an upgrade. (I've read that it's a full version.)

It may be possible to hack the release installer to permit an upgrade-in-place from the RC (release candidate) to Win7 Pro, but I've not done it. I'd recommend a clean install, even if there was a supported upgrade path.
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10 Nov 2009   #7
zone23

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hoagiedogy View Post
Yeah.... I understand how to download the software I purchased and all. But I have been reading that people have had trouble upgrading from Windows 7 RC Ultimate to Windows 7 Professional. I wanted to avoid that problem. Is anyone aware of how to resolve the issues with the upgrade from Windows 7 RC Ultimate to Windows 7 Professional?
Well I don't understand the problem then. Here's the way I see it: go download this disk format your hard drive and install it. Quite trolling the internet for the answer to a stupid question. When you installed the RC you must have or should have thought in the back oh your head that you will have to do a clean install at some point. You've spent more time typing and reading post then it takes to install 7. There that's my opinion and the solution to your problem.
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10 Nov 2009   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The bigger question is why would you want to upgrade from the RC version? Do a full, clean install so you have the best possible system when it is completed. I can hear the follow up question, but no, it doesn't take too long or too much work to do a clean install.
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10 Nov 2009   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
The bigger question is why would you want to upgrade from the RC version? Do a full, clean install so you have the best possible system when it is completed. I can hear the follow up question, but no, it doesn't take too long or too much work to do a clean install.
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I like it.
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