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Windows 7: unable to upgrade from home premium to ultimate

18 Apr 2013   #11
Kari

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OK Dave, please do the following:
  • Boot that other PC
  • Uninstall (deactivate) product key as told in this post
  • Reboot it to desktop to see it really tells you it is no longer activated
  • Boot the the PC you are trying to Anytime Upgrade
  • "Clean" the PC > Disk Cleanup - Open and Use
  • Reboot again
  • Try again Anytime Upgrade with your key

Come back here if it didn't work and we'll figure something else.

Kari


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18 Apr 2013   #12
davesurrey

Ultimate 32 and 64, Home Premium 64bits
 
 

Well this is my main PC and I don't want to screw it up considering the time I've spent getting it the way I want. Will make a new backup and perhaps try at the weekend. But I'm also curious as to why the discs dont have the hologram Is that normal?
Thanks
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18 Apr 2013   #13
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Why not just do the old style Upgrade? When it comes time to activate, activate by phone.
I can understand Dave to a certain point, anytime is so bloody easy. If it does not work then this is of course the next best alternative.

For future reference a few facts about the Windows 7 Product Keys.
  • With an Upgrade key you can activate:
    • A clean install over existing Windows
    • An in-place upgrade over existing Windows
    • An Anytime Upgrade
  • With a Full Retail key you can activate
    • A clean install on a PC without any previous OS
    • A clean install over existing Windows
    • An in-place upgrade over existing Windows
    • An Anytime Upgrade
Product keys are edition but not language specific. A Product Key from English Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box can activate an in-place upgraded Spanish Ultimate.

Kari
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18 Apr 2013   #14
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davesurrey View Post
I'm also curious as to why the discs dont have the hologram Is that normal?
No, it's not normal. Where did you buy the box?
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18 Apr 2013   #15
davesurrey

Ultimate 32 and 64, Home Premium 64bits
 
 

I've uninstalled the product key on the second pc and will give it a while for it to ""phone home" and report to its masters. Hopefully then I will be able to anytime update. If not I'll come running back here.
Thanks again folks for all the help.
Seems like a great forum.
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18 Apr 2013   #16
davesurrey

Ultimate 32 and 64, Home Premium 64bits
 
 

Where did I buy it? I'll give you one quess. Begins with e and ends in Bay.
It was sealed, the seller has loads of 100% positive feedback....but its still a black dvd and I didnt see anything dodgy in what MGADiag reported. Perhaps those with more knowledge of MGADiag than me can comment.
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18 Apr 2013   #17
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davesurrey View Post
Where did I buy it? I'll give you one quess. Begins with e and ends in Bay.
It was sealed, the seller has loads of 100% positive feedback....but its still a black dvd and I didnt see anything dodgy in what MGADiag reported. Perhaps those with more knowledge of MGADiag than me can comment.
Then you need to obtain a genuine copy. Don't trust ANYTHING from the Bay. 100% positive feedback for a seller doesn't mean anything to me because it's the Bay! There's a reason it's called The Pirate Bay.
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18 Apr 2013   #18
Kari

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OK, let us know how it went.

If Anytime Upgrade does not work, you need to upgrade by doing a clean install. In-place upgrade in Windows 7 is allowed only in these two cases:
  • Upgrading from Vista to equal or better edition of 7
  • Repair install, in-place upgrade 7 with the same edition
What this means is that your current Home Premium could be repaired doing a so called in-place upgrade installation with Home Premium install media. However, if you want to upgrade to a better edition of 7, only options are Anytime Upgrade or clean install.

Once again, this is so important: You can of course upgrade to Ultimate from Home Premium. If you want to keep your installed applications and files intact, you have to do Anytime Upgrade. If you cannot do Anytime Upgrade, your only option is to upgrade by doing a clean install and thereafter reinstall all your applications, as you will lose them.

More:If you end upgrading using the DVD, remember you cannot select Upgrade as wrongly told earlier in this thread. Instead you need to select Custom Install and follow instructions on screen.
Kari
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18 Apr 2013   #19
davesurrey

Ultimate 32 and 64, Home Premium 64bits
 
 

TwoCables;
I understand what you are saying but I think that's a bit too general. I sell sometimes on ebay and believe me I would never scam anyone. But I'm not gullable either.
I'd still like to hear from someone who can definitely say all genuine DVDs have the gold hologram ...or otherwise .
Thanks as ever.
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18 Apr 2013   #20
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davesurrey View Post
TwoCables;
I understand what you are saying but I think that's a bit too general. I sell sometimes on ebay and believe me I would never scam anyone. But I'm not gullable either.
I'd still like to hear from someone who can definitely say all genuine DVDs have the gold hologram ...or otherwise .
Thanks as ever.
I thought you meant The Pirate Bay. I have never paid any attention to them, so I thought that they started having sellers on there or something. I was very confused.

Anyway, now that I know its eBay, I have one question about this DVD: what is written or printed on this black label?
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