Quote: Originally Posted by hoagiedogy
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?
Of course you can't activate Windows 7 Ultimate with a Pro key.
You can do a custom (clean) install of Windows 7 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 Windows 7 Pro, but I've not done it. I'd recommend a clean install, even if there was a supported upgrade path.