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Windows 7: Anytime Upgrade to same version?

29 Sep 2011   #1
Miranova23

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 
Anytime Upgrade to same version?

Stupid question but I want to be absolutely sure. I'm building a computer for my fiance, and he's going to get Win 7 Prof. Now, I already have the full installation discs for Win 7 Prof, but my product key is only good for 1 computer. Could I use my discs to install Prof, then get the Anytime Upgrade to unlock Prof to have that validate it for him?


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29 Sep 2011   #2
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

If you install yours and do not validate, he will have 30 days to use before he must validate.
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29 Sep 2011   #3
gregrocker

 

There isn't any need to involve Anytime Upgrade unless you need to unlock a lesser version.

You can use any retail Pro installer to do the install on the new hardware, then you'll have 30 days to activate.

Note that he'll need to buy full retail Win7 unless you have a spare retail XP/Vista to use to qualify for the cheaper upgrade version. If you do then the same Pro installer can be used and the qualifying OS doesn't even need to be installed. Just do the quick registry edit workaround given here after install and before attempting to activate: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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29 Sep 2011   #4
Miranova23

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

I understand that, but will that Anytime Upgrade count as a valid product key for Prof?
Or do I have to get another regular Upgrade? (I do have a separate XP hard drive.)
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30 Sep 2011   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You will need to install a low edition first, & than use Anytime upgrade to go up to Pro edition.

Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
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30 Sep 2011   #6
Miranova23

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

The point is that Anytime Upgrade is half the price of the OEM (on Newegg).

Thanks everyone. Theog, thanks for the insight on it having to be a lesser version. I ended up ordering the OEM, since it was still cheaper than the regular Upgrade.
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04 Oct 2011   #7
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Gregrocker is correct! The point is that an anytime upgrade is an upgrade... you cannot upgrade unless you have a lower version currently installed. I missed the Anytime upgrade the first go around.

If your purpose for wanting the anytime upgrade is to save money look here... but you would need a retail upgrade disc to accomplish this... Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
With this disc:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade

NOTICE THIS... anytime upgrades are specifically from one version of Win7 to a higher version like this: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Anytime Upgrade: Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional Would only work if you had Win7 Home Premium currently installed.
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