Windows upgrade starter to premium current key not valid for upgrade

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  1. Posts : 17
    Windows 7 starter 32 bit
       #1

    Windows upgrade starter to premium current key not valid for upgrade


    I have got myself into a bit of a mess.

    I installed my version of windows starter on my mom's PC which was previously running vista. To see if it improved the performance or if the laptop itself was rubbish. It did so I purchased an upgrade to windows home premium. When I enter the upgrade key it says I need the current key is invalid for upgrade and that I need to phone a number. Does this mean the software I brought is useless. I didn't want to buy a disc as I had read that using a upgrade key meant everything was kept. Is there anyway I can use the software I've brought. The computer recognises the key as an upgrade one.


    Thanks.
    Last edited by curiouscat; 03 Oct 2013 at 06:39.
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  2. Posts : 11,408
    ME/XP/Vista/Win7
       #2

    I installed my version of windows starter on my mom's PC which was previously running vista.
    You can not use the Windows Starter from your Notebook on your mother PC.
    Doing so would be a invalid upgrade.
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  3. Posts : 17
    Windows 7 starter 32 bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    So would purchasing a new upgrade key work from where we are? I don't want to reinstall vista
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  4. Posts : 6,458
    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
       #4

    See: Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

    theog is correct, the starter is invalid upgrade path (illegal copy)

    But since you have purchased an upgrade, the best thing to do is call MS and explain your situation. The number should be available at install time
    or see if this points you in the right direction: Activating Windows: frequently asked questions
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  5. Posts : 11,408
    ME/XP/Vista/Win7
       #5

    It did so I purchased an upgrade to windows home premium.
    As you have the Upgrade from lower Windows 7 version to home premium, you need to buy the upgrade from Win XP/Vista to Windows 7 home premium which comes with DVD.
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  6. Posts : 6,458
    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
       #6

    Good point theog, I completely missed what upgrade it was that OP had purchased.
    theog said:
    As you have the Upgrade from lower Windows 7 version to home premium, you need to buy the upgrade from Win XP/Vista to Windows 7 home premium which comes with DVD.
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  7. Posts : 11,408
    ME/XP/Vista/Win7
       #7

    You are welcome.
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  8.    #8

    Did you buy a Home Premium Upgrade key?

    If so Clean Install Windows 7 with the Home Premium installer which you can download from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and burn to disk or write to bootable flash stick with the tool also provided.

    Boot the installer, if any OS is on the HD the installer will see and allow use of Upgrade key during install. If not leave the key blank and afterwards do the quick workaround shown in Option 3 of Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version to activate with an Upgrade version key on a cleaned or new HD.
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  9. Posts : 17
    Windows 7 starter 32 bit
    Thread Starter
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    Thanks all.
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  10. Posts : 11,408
    ME/XP/Vista/Win7
       #10

    theog said:
    It did so I purchased an upgrade to windows home premium.
    As you have the Upgrade from lower Windows 7 version to home premium, you need to buy the upgrade from Win XP/Vista to Windows 7 home premium which comes with DVD.
    gregrocker said:
    Did you buy a Home Premium Upgrade key?

    If so Clean Install Windows 7 with the Home Premium installer which you can download from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and burn to disk or write to bootable flash stick with the tool also provided.

    Boot the installer, if any OS is on the HD the installer will see and allow use of Upgrade key during install. If not leave the key blank and afterwards do the quick workaround shown in Option 3 of Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version to activate with an Upgrade version key on a cleaned or new HD.
    You need to install a Lower version first & Activate, or product key will be invalid.
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