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Windows 7: Question about an upgrade

21 Feb 2012   #11
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

I bought an anytime upgrade key from a website it is activated, but no paperwork. I bought the upgrade, never doing it before, I thought i would get something mailed to me, but they emailed me the key. Once I saw that I felt fishy. It went through and its activated, but I just feel like, st some point, it will say windows is not genuine. and I do not to reinstall a lower version, so I would rather upgrade, or enter a new pro key, but not sure if I can do that


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21 Feb 2012   #12
gregrocker

 

Based on what you're giving it is not something I would worry about until the time comes. It obviously activated so you can take that at face value. If there is something about the price or lack of paperwork that has you concerned then you can ask MS Customer Service as they will give you a definitive answer and might be able to help remedy a non-Genuine key. But it may be priced low (if so) due to being a gift/prize or someone bought Anytime thinking it was full version which happens a lot.

In the future the best way to proceed with Anytime is to first save a Win7 backup image of the lower version, then after Upgrade save another image of the upgraded version to use in place of reinstall. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup. This covers all possibilities.

What was the original Win7 version and how was it purchased? Do you have disks, Product Key and/or a factory Recovery partition onboard?
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21 Feb 2012   #13
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Okay, Well, I had already bought it, found this forum, then someone said the site wholesaleofficekeys counterfeits. This was after I purchased it and I was kinda embarrassed lol and didn't want to say I had already bought it. I had Premium, but I will be soon working sometimes from home. I do light desktop support for an electronic medical records software. Basically people who do not know how to navigate, install certain things, etc. So i'd like pro or ultimate.

I do have replacement disks for premium, but if it does go to non genuine, won't I lose all my software if I have to reinstall a lower version of windows? And I already used it one, so can I use the same key as long as it is on the same machine?
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21 Feb 2012   #14
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike6623 View Post
Okay, Well, I had already bought it, found this forum, then someone said the site wholesaleofficekeys counterfeits. This was after I purchased it and I was kinda embarrassed lol and didn't want to say I had already bought it. I had Premium, but I will be soon working sometimes from home. I do light desktop support for an electronic medical records software. Basically people who do not know how to navigate, install certain things, etc. So i'd like pro or ultimate.

I do have replacement disks for premium, but if it does go to non genuine, won't I lose all my software if I have to reinstall a lower program? And I already used it one, so can I use the same key as long as it is on the same machine?
Yeah, I can't even get that site to load, I can see why you're worried though, $25 for an upgrade. You can always buy a legit one and just enter that new product key like so,

Product Key Number - Change

It's $15 cheaper at Amazon than Microsoft, they are a trust worthy source.

Amazon.com: Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade [Home Premium to Professional]: Software
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21 Feb 2012   #15
gregrocker

 

You can replace the key or we can help you roll it back to Home Premium using a workaround given here Windows 7 Downgrade then insert the Premium key at Control Panel>System.

Where did you get the Home Premium license?

I help users remotely all over the world using Home Premium and never notice any difference from Ultimate/Professional. TeamViewer is better than Windows Remotes anyway.
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21 Feb 2012   #16
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can replace the key or we can help you roll it back to Home Premium using a workaround given here Windows 7 Downgrade then insert the Premium key at Control Panel>System.

Where did you get the Home Premium license?

I help users remotely all over the world using Home Premium and never notice any difference from Ultimate/Professional. TeamViewer is better than Windows Remotes anyway.
It came with the pc, then , I was having trouble with an update and MS send me a replacement disk which I used.
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21 Feb 2012   #17
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike6623 View Post
Okay, Well, I had already bought it, found this forum, then someone said the site wholesaleofficekeys counterfeits. This was after I purchased it and I was kinda embarrassed lol and didn't want to say I had already bought it. I had Premium, but I will be soon working sometimes from home. I do light desktop support for an electronic medical records software. Basically people who do not know how to navigate, install certain things, etc. So i'd like pro or ultimate.

I do have replacement disks for premium, but if it does go to non genuine, won't I lose all my software if I have to reinstall a lower program? And I already used it one, so can I use the same key as long as it is on the same machine?
Yeah, I can't even get that site to load, I can see why you're worried though, $25 for an upgrade. You can always buy a legit one and just enter that new product key like so,

Product Key Number - Change

It's $15 cheaper at Amazon than Microsoft, they are a trust worthy source.

Amazon.com: Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade [Home Premium to Professional]: Software
Thanks, I orginally wanted ultimate, so if I can go back down to premium without wiping my hard drive I will probably bout the upgrade to ultimate. Since it is on sale for 94$ at amazon.
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21 Feb 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike6623 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can replace the key or we can help you roll it back to Home Premium using a workaround given here Windows 7 Downgrade then insert the Premium key at Control Panel>System.

Where did you get the Home Premium license?
It came with the pc, then , I was having trouble with an update and MS send me a replacement disk which I used.
Make sure the Premium Product Key is still readable on COA sticker, and back it up now to a safe place.

You may also still have the Factory Recovery partition on the HD to see if it can be run from boot after backing up your files. HP Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

If you still have the original factory preinstalled OS you might want to consider getting a perfect Clean Reinstall to shrug off the factory bloatware and useless utilities which have better versions built into Win7. This is often better than getting a new computer.
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21 Feb 2012   #19
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike6623 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can replace the key or we can help you roll it back to Home Premium using a workaround given here Windows 7 Downgrade then insert the Premium key at Control Panel>System.

Where did you get the Home Premium license?
It came with the pc, then , I was having trouble with an update and MS send me a replacement disk which I used.
Make sure the Premium Product Key is still readable on COA sticker, and back it up now to a safe place.

You may also still have the Factory Recovery partition on the HD to see if it can be run from boot after backing up your files. HP Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

If you still have the original factory preinstalled OS you might want to consider getting a perfect Clean Reinstall to shrug off the factory bloatware and useless utilities which have better versions built into Win7. This is often better than getting a new computer.
Do you mean the key from the back up disks? And what do you mean the origninal factory preintalled OS? I upgraded to the professional, so wouldn't that mean I do not have that any longer? And won't a clean reinstall wipe all of my installed software? I am trying to avoid that at all costs. A lot of no longer have the boxes, keys, etc. I moved and brought as little as possible. I dumb move I know.
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21 Feb 2012   #20
gregrocker

 

I was giving you options for rolling back to Home Premium if that's necessary or preferred at any point.

You said MS provided you with a Win7 installation DVD for reinstalling Home Premium with the Product Key on the COA sticker on machine, correct?

You can use that DVD to clean reinstall or roll back to Home Premium using the workaround I posted earlier. Or we can provide you with the latest official Win7 installation DVD ISO with SP1 which will save hours of updating.

Is this clearer now?
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