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Windows 7: Win 7 Home Upgrade Help

26 Apr 2012   #1

-Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Win 7 Home Upgrade Help


I have Win 7 Home premium X64 installed.

I have just purchased Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Upgrade Edition

When trying to add my new key to the anytime upgrade, it says that the key is not valid, although I was assured that this would work.

Do I need to get a refund? Can I use the DVD to do an in place upgrade?

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26 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

Upgrade Edition is different than what WAU is expecting. This key is for use for installing over Vista. You should be able to do n in-place install, but the proper key would be cheaper I think.
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26 Apr 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


You should be able to use an Upgrade or Full retail key in Anytime Upgrade. Try rebooting.

If not there is a workaround to in-place Upgrade between Win7 versions by tricking the Home Premium installer into thinking it is doing the always-allowed same version Repair Install.

First save a Win7 backup image so you have a path back to your current version: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup and back up your files.

Next set a System Restore Point - Create, type Regedit in the Start Search box, rightclick result to Run as Admin, carefully change the two registry keys shown below to HOMEPREMIUM for the EditionID, and Windows 7 HOMEPREMIUM for the ProductName. Then run the installer from desktop, activate with new key:

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