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Windows 7: Upgrading from home to pro - upgrade key?

19 Jul 2011   #1
bigrabis

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Upgrading from home to pro - upgrade key?

Hi

I bought a windows 7 professional retail disc at launch for my laptop. I have a new laptop now with home preinstalled. Tried installing at it told me to use the anytime upgrade, looking at the discs they both state that they include the anytime upgrade. However the only key I have is the produt key which it will not upgrade with.

Has anyone else had this issue before?


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19 Jul 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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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19 Jul 2011   #3
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigrabis View Post
Hi

I bought a windows 7 professional retail disc at launch for my laptop. I have a new laptop now with home preinstalled. Tried installing at it told me to use the anytime upgrade, looking at the discs they both state that they include the anytime upgrade. However the only key I have is the produt key which it will not upgrade with.

Has anyone else had this issue before?

Please follow this tutorial :

This will show you how to do a clean installation with a retail Windows 7
Clean Install Windows 7

NOTE: Make sure that the CD/DVD drive is selected first in the boot order in your BIOS settings. Usually it is by default.
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19 Jul 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I have used the product key of my Windows 7 Pro retail disk to upgrade from Home Premium via Windows Anytime Upgrade without a hitch.

Just enter the product key when prompted and the upgrade will take from 10 minutes to half-an-hour or so depending on how many updates are required.

As theog says, no disk is needed, just the product key. The main thing to watch for is SP1. If you install SP1, and then try Windows Anytime Upgrade with a product key from a disk that does not have SP1, the upgrade will fail, meaning you'd have to uninstall SP1 to upgrade successfully, so it's best to upgrade before you install SP1.

When it comes to activating, just click Start and type slui.exe 4 in the Search field then press Enter.

This will bring up the automated telephone activation wizard, from where you need to call the free activation number for your country/region and folllow the automated instructions.
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19 Jul 2011   #5
bigrabis

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks, worked a treat. I managed to activate it no bother through the conrol panel/system. I was really after the XP mode which it didnt install, downloading it from microsoft just now.

Thanks again for helping
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19 Jul 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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