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Windows 7: Anytime Pro upgrade - buy where?

21 Dec 2013   #1
dianedebuda

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Anytime Pro upgrade - buy where?

Can not find Anytime Home to Pro upgrade. Well, do see it from Tveak ($80), but reviews make me think it's not legit. Anyone know of a legal place to buy license at a reasonable cost (not Amazon $275 )? The bay has a few, but they're not sealed & I suspect they've been used. Don't know if Anytime is like OEM where once used it's locked to the mb.

Have user updating XP machines to Win7 Pro (for needed XP Mode) and now would like her Win7 Home laptop updated to match. She does not want to buy and install a new Pro for the laptop (too much time) nor buy an XP license so she can use VM for the single problem Access97 app. I actually have an Anytime CD from when I did mine eons ago on a prebuilt, but the Pro license is stll in use. Any way to buy a new W7 Pro license and run the Anytime using the key from the full Pro license? Expensive, but acceptible because her current W7 Home is highly customized and a reinstall would be a real PIA.


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21 Dec 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

there's this: Amazon.com: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade: Software but it would be like a fresh install I think. MS is backed against the wall with lackluster Win 8 sales and the Win 7 disks are drying up or being scalped at stupid prices. Win 8 sells for under $100.
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21 Dec 2013   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7 H-Prem-x64 Linux-Mint-Mate 17.1x64
 
 

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21 Dec 2013   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote:
but the Pro license is stll in use. Any way to even buy a new Windows 7 Pro license and run the Anytime using the full Pro license?
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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21 Dec 2013   #5
dianedebuda

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Britton30 & ThrashZone: Thanks, but do NOT want to do a fresh install. Would only consider buying full license if KEY can be used with Anytime, which I doubt. The Egg pretty regularly has Pro OEM for $120.

theog: I've done Anytime upgrades, so I know it's only a key thing. Just where to buy? Saw in another post from a couple days ago that $60 Anytime Pros are on the web, but I'm not finding any for Home to Pro; see ones for Starter to Home.
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21 Dec 2013   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dianedebuda View Post
Britton30 & ThrashZone: Thanks, but do NOT want to do a fresh install. Would only consider buying full license if KEY can be used with Anytime, which I doubt. The Egg pretty regularly has Pro OEM for $120.

theog: I've done Anytime upgrades, so I know it's only a key thing. Just where to buy? Saw in another post from a couple days ago that $60 Anytime Pros are on the web, but I'm not finding any for Home to Pro; see ones for Starter to Home.

If you have done Anytime Upgrades, what is the "but do NOT want to do a fresh install" all about.
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21 Dec 2013   #7
dianedebuda

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Not directed at you with your Anytime reply, dear og. Meant (kindly) to others posting about Upgrades and full install packages. They're trying to help, but wanted to make it a bit clearer that a complete reinstall is not an option.

Edit: found this suggesting that she CAN buy a full Pro license and use that key in Anytime. http://windowsforum.com/threads/win-...sional.181373/

Of course, would like to find a cheaper "real" Anytime.
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21 Dec 2013   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dianedebuda View Post
Not directed at you with your Anytime reply, dear og. Meant (kindly) to others posting about Upgrades and full install packages. They're trying to help, but wanted to make it a bit clearer that a complete reinstall is not an option.

Edit: found this suggesting that she CAN buy a full Pro license and use that key in Anytime. Win 7 Home Premium to Professional - Windows Forums

Of course, would like to find a cheaper "real" Anytime.
Which links to my tutorial.
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21 Dec 2013   #9
dianedebuda

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Of course. Why mess with perfection? I just didn't think of checking the tutorials for alternative key sources. I got my Anytimes in boxes with keys.
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21 Dec 2013   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You can insert a retail Product Key into Anytime Upgrade if the path qualifies and it will unlock the extra features same as an Anytime Key.

I would save a Win7 backup image both before and after the Upgrade to use for Recovery to avoid having to reinstall Home Premium to Upgrade again. Of course if you use retail full or Upgrade version you can Clean Install Windows 7.

This looks good: Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade (Home Premium To Professional) [Online Code]
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