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Windows 7: Anytime Upgrades Nio More ?

25 Jul 2015   #1

Windows 7 - 64 bit
Anytime Upgrades Nio More ?

Did I miss an announcement about MS ending Anytime Upgrades ? Did a build back in late May for a SOHO network (10 machines). Thought was, since user rarely needs network resources while most users are active, no need for Pro and used Win 7 Home (OEM).... in last 3 months was maybe 2 "too many users" messages but no bother. However, due to some high end printers and plotters and CAD workstations, letting WU install drivers is against office policy due to past disasters.

With Win10 doing the Windows Updates force feeding on Home Version, and it already causing problems

Windows 10 Automatic Updates Start Causing Problems - Forbes

Seemed like a good idea to kill the proverbial 2 birds and do the anytime upgrade thing. No go,

1. It seems that MS has terminated this option....says can't do online and gives no information on how to do otherwise.

2. Given the typical $90 cost, one the update is done, assuming it can be, is the OEM version after the anytime upgrade now a retail version ?

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28 Jul 2015   #2

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

MS stopped selling Anytime Upgrades for Windows 7 the day that they released Windows 8.
Limited stocks were available at retail outlets but quickly ran out.

An (activated) Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7 Pro as I understand it would qualify for upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

OTH, an upgrade from Windows 7 Home premium to Windows 10 (base) would qualify for upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, also - via whatever route MS open for such upgrades (probably an add-on similar to the one for Windows 8/8.1).

Note that ALL upgrades subsume the license from which it upgraded - meaning that license is no longer available for use in other machines or installations (although it can be used to replace the upgraded install)
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28 Jul 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

From Noel's post #2

MS stopped selling Anytime Upgrades for Windows 7 the day that they released Windows 8.
Great information, thank you.
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