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Windows 7: Reinstallation: Is OEM tied to a specific version of W7 (Pro, Home)?

29 Sep 2011   #1
cjt20one

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Reinstallation: Is OEM tied to a specific version of W7 (Pro, Home)?

My buddy who has a small business ordered a new laptop and accidentally (*cough* didn't know *cough*) ordered Home Premium instead of Pro. I have a bunch of W7 Pro Dell OEM discs laying around, is the OEM chip/code in the BIOS only going to let me reinstall Home Premium or can I install Pro on his machine without having to enter a product key?

Thanks!


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29 Sep 2011   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

No you cannot. Use Anytime Update to upgrade the machine to Professional.
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30 Sep 2011   #3
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

No install files needed.
Only the Upgrade key is need.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
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30 Sep 2011   #4
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

What do you suppose it means if I click on Windows Anytime Upgrade's first option, "Go online to choose the edition of Windows 7 that's best for you, After your purchase Windows will upgrade automatically" and then I get a dialog with a red X "Windows Anytime Upgrade can't open the webpage, Close WAU and open it again".

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30 Sep 2011   #5
gregrocker

 

It won't open the AU Download internet sales page for some connectivity reason.

Have you looked over the features of each to know for sure you need the additional feature(s) because there isn't really that much difference between the versions.

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30 Sep 2011   #6
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

All I was trying to do was to see what the official MS pricing was, on upgrades from HP. They certainly don't make this easy to find out!
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30 Sep 2011   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxseven View Post
What do you suppose it means if I click on Windows Anytime Upgrade's first option, "Go online to choose the edition of Windows 7 that's best for you, After your purchase Windows will upgrade automatically" and then I get a dialog with a red X "Windows Anytime Upgrade can't open the webpage, Close WAU and open it again".

Just click the option to go online and choose any edition of Windows, and you'll be taken to the Microsoft store, where you'll be asked to choose which edition of Windows you want, fill in the order form with you credit card details, and you'll be sent a new product key by e-mail.

Print it off and keep it safe, launch Windows Anytime Upgrade and insert the new product key when prompted.

Windows will validate the key as being genuine and the upgrade shouldn't take any longer than 30 minutes.
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01 Oct 2011   #8
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxseven View Post
I get a dialog with a red X "Windows Anytime Upgrade can't open the webpage, Close WAU and open it again".
You missed the punchline of my post--I can get nowhere with WAU.
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01 Oct 2011   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You are not getting this?

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01 Oct 2011   #10
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

No, when I click "Go online..." I get:

Reinstallation: Is OEM tied to a specific version of W7 (Pro, Home)?-wuafail.jpg

I thought maybe it was because I have Firefox as my default browser, but when I switched it to IE that didn't seem to help either. This on 2 W7 PCs I have!

I will try again to make IE my default browser--are you/others using IE?


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