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Windows 7: Upgrading Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional

03 Aug 2010   #21
gregrocker

 

I bailed out after it started as I didn't want to change my Ultimate Signature Edition to Pro.

Upgrade will always vary depending on programs installed. An hour is average.

The compatibility scan you see there might find things for you to remove to avoid issues. But the fact that it jumped to Install page from Compat means it is still possible to do.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Anytime upgrade, will upgrade to any higher version.
Have read of the tutorial & the MS link at the bottom.
The prob is that he curently has full retail HP which he wants to retrieve and use elsewhere and replace with retail Pro.

We dont' know enough about Anytime's use of retail keys to know if it will release his HP to be used elsewhere if he Anytimes it to Pro.

But we do know that a Clean install or full in-place Upgrade install will overwrite activation to where the HP would be released for reinstall elsewhere.


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03 Aug 2010   #22
theog

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Anytime upgrade takes 10 mins max. From any lower version.

I have done about 200, from starter to Ultimate.
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03 Aug 2010   #23
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Anytime upgrade takes 10 mins max. From any lower version.

I have done about 200, from starter to Ultimate.
Does it positively release his Home Premium retail key to be used on another machine?

He is using a full retail Pro key so the question is whether he is entitled to retrieve his underlying retail Home Premium to migrate it elsewhere after any Anytime Upgrade to Pro?

We have been told you cannot even use a Pro DVD to do a Repair Install on an Anytime Upgrade after it has been upgraded to Pro, that it remains HP with Pro features unlocked.

Can you look at the Current Version Reg keys after an Anytime Upgrade to see what they list?
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03 Aug 2010   #24
theog

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If using a full Retail key to upgrade, Yes.
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03 Aug 2010   #25
gregrocker

 

He would be using a retail Pro Upgrade key to insert into an Anytime Upgrade of retail Home Premium.

Does this uninstall the HP to allow it to migrate?

The only thing I can think of under the EULA is that if he has an Upgrade version Pro key then he needs to have a qualifying XP/Vista on hand, whether it is or was installed, and not use it again. There is no EULA provision for upgrade between 7 versions that I can find, probably because it is only recognized to be done via Anytime. This was discussed here: Activation and Anytime Upgrade

If it is full retail then he can use it anywhere, anytime. But that doesn't solve the question of whether Anytime will release his HP to migrate.
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03 Aug 2010   #26
xceebeex

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I find it strange that there is not a CLEAR answer for this question somewhere on Microsoft's website or something, I can't be the first person looking to do this. I am really not sure what to do at this point.
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03 Aug 2010   #27
theog

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03 Aug 2010   #28
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xceebeex View Post
I find it strange that there is not a CLEAR answer for this question somewhere on Microsoft's website or something, I can't be the first person looking to do this. I am really not sure what to do at this point.
The reason is that it is a workaround and only became clear to us in recent months that it works reliably to insert a retail Win7 key into Anytime Upgrade.

I personally would go ahead and try it. Once I have Pro activated and running, then I would install Premium to its new home and attempt to activate it.

The process is that the activation robocall required when you change the hardware signature will ask you how many computers you have this copy of Windows installed upon.

When you answer correctly "One" it then updates the new hardware signature in MS activation computers.

If the old computer then connects and the HP key is still being used at all it will deactivate it (on any except the new machine) which may require you to clean reinstall Pro. It shouldn't affect your new HP install which "owns" that hardware signature.

Keep in mind that in hundreds of activation cases I'm familar with I don't believe there is any process by which the HP key could be locked to the old hardware once the Pro key is installed there. So I think the odds are greatly in your favor.

However, if you are using an Upgrade version of Pro, under the EULA you need to have a qualifying XP/Vista in your possession whether or not it is or was installed at the moment, and aren't supposed to use it any longer. This is on the honor system - as I said MS has no known way to block the lesser version key you have upgraded from to Win7.
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03 Aug 2010   #29
xceebeex

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xceebeex View Post
I find it strange that there is not a CLEAR answer for this question somewhere on Microsoft's website or something, I can't be the first person looking to do this. I am really not sure what to do at this point.
The reason is that it is a workaround and only became clear to us in recent months that it works reliably to insert a retail Win7 key into Anytime Upgrade.

I personally would go ahead and try it. Once I have Pro activated and running, then I would install Premium to its new home and attempt to activate it.

The process is that the activation robocall required when you change the hardware signature will ask you how many computers you have this copy of Windows installed upon.

When you answer correctly "One" it then updates the new hardware signature in MS activation computers.

If the old computer then connects and the HP key is still being used at all it will deactivate it (on any except the new machine) which may require you to clean reinstall Pro. It shouldn't affect your new HP install which "owns" that hardware signature.

Keep in mind that in hundreds of activation cases I'm familar with I don't believe there is any process by which the HP key could be locked to the old hardware once the Pro key is installed there. So I think the odds are greatly in your favor.

However, if you are using an Upgrade version of Pro, under the EULA you need to have a qualifying XP/Vista in your possession whether or not it is or was installed at the moment, and aren't supposed to use it any longer. This is on the honor system - as I said MS has no known way to block the lesser version key you have upgraded from to Win7.
Well I do have a qualifying version of XP in my possession; that is how I got to Windows 7 HP to begin with. So what you are recommending is just doing the Anytime Upgrade for now and then see what happens when I go to activate my HP key on the new machine? If Windows is deactivated on my desktop (which would now be running Pro), I am assuming that I would just get a message saying it is no longer a valid code and it wouldn't completely lock me out, correct?
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03 Aug 2010   #30
gregrocker

 

What was originally on the desktop which you installed retail Home Premium on?

Are the HP and Pro both Upgrade or full retail?
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