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Windows 7: Windows Anytime Upgrade. Risks?

03 Jan 2010   #1
TheAnonymity

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 
Windows Anytime Upgrade. Risks?

I'm thinking of upgrading from 7 Professional to 7 Ultimate. I'd really like the ability to boot from a VHD. I've heard that Starter, Home Premium, and Professional, are all the same as Ultimate, they just have alot of features locked. Is this true? I'm also aware that an upgrade to 7 from Vista could bring system instability/slower performance, and I'd like to know if there are any risks by using WAU. Thoughts?

Edit: After reading my post, I realize what I said might confuse some of you. I'm not wanting to upgrade from vista, I don't have vista. I was using that as an example.

~TA


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03 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You are correct, all the versions are the same with some of the features locked, this is what makes the anytime upgrade possible. I hve heard that the locked features are just unlocked. If the anytime upgrade is an actual upgrade, hwever, rather than just unlocking features, I do not think that this would affect performance in any way. Problems arise when going from a version such as Vista and then upgrading, especially if the original has been used for a while. All the bugs virus etc, will carry forward to the new OS.
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03 Jan 2010   #3
TheAnonymity

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
You are correct, all the versions are the same with some of the features locked, this is what makes the anytime upgrade possible.
So with that being said, there's no need for a clean install? It won't bring any reduced performance or system instability of any sort?

Edit: Appreciate the info. Upgrading now.
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03 Jan 2010   #4
richc46

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Since I never used it I can just give my opinion, as I have. But, here is some information from someone, who should know.

Microsoft prepares Windows Anytime Upgrade, v2 | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com
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03 Jan 2010   #5
TheAnonymity

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Since I never used it I can just give my opinion, as I have. But, here is some information from someone, who should know.

Microsoft prepares Windows Anytime Upgrade, v2 | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com
I upgraded. Everything's working fine, it was well worth the cash. Thanks for the info!
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03 Jan 2010   #6
richc46

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Thats great, Have a great New Year from everyone here at seven forums
Rich
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03 Jan 2010   #7
TheAnonymity

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Thats great, Have a great New Year from everyone here at seven forums
Rich
You too, Rich.
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30 May 2010   #8
GerryR

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi "TheAnonymity"

This is all that you have to do:

Control Panel -> System & Security -> Windows Anytime Upgrade

Of the two choices, this one seems obvious:

"Go online to choose the edition of Windows 7 that’s best for you.
After your purchase, Windows will upgrade automatically."

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Your programs, data, and settings are not affected by this process.

As to the different features, there is a Windows 7 Forum Tutorial by Brink which runs something like six pages that lists all of the possible features and then which of these that each version of Windows 7 has.

The only thing that seems obvious is that with the price difference of only $20 (US) between Professional and Ultimate it seems to me that buying Professional is a strange decision. I have Home Premium and if I do upgrade I'll go right up to Ultimate.

That's all there is to it.

Gerry
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30 May 2010   #9
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

I just checked and it's $129 to upgrade from Pro to Ultimate. Seems a bit much for VHD support.
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30 May 2010   #10
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I just checked and it's $129 to upgrade from Pro to Ultimate. Seems a bit much for VHD support.
Yeah...Better upgrade directly from Home to Ultimate , but from a Pro to Ultimate should a 50$ MAX!!!!

Not only VHD features, but Bitlocker, Branch Cache, Multi Language support and others little features.
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