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[SOLVED] windows anytime upgrade on volume license windows home to pro???

Q: [SOLVED] windows anytime upgrade on volume license windows home to pro???

Hi all I have been wanting to upgrade my laptop from win7 home to pro for a while and now final going to get it done,
The product key which I am planning to use is from MSDN Academic Alliance Software Centre see link: AUT SCMS Microsoft Product Key Distribution Centre
Can I use Windows anytime upgrade with this key...I don't want it falling,
It's most likely a volume license and I know enterprise won't work with WAU and they are also volume licenses

Many Thanks


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A: [SOLVED] windows anytime upgrade on volume license windows home to pro???

Do you have serial number for WIN 7 Pro also did you download and burn to your cd as an ISO file. I mean is it ready for installation.?

I had XP and i download same website win7 pro and i am using 3 computer very fine.

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I'm about to buy a new laptop from Costco with Win 7 Home Premium. On my old (now smashed) laptop I have a Win 7 Ultimate install. Can I just use the Ultimate serial key to do the Anytime Upgrade on the new machine? I keep reading that I need to buy an "upgrade key."


A:Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade with non-upgrade Ultimate license?

You will need an upgrade key to initiate the ultimate download, but if you can manage to obtain an ultimate installation cd your serial should work, also if you use this winisoutils - Windows ISO Disc Image Utilities

you can change a windows install cd (if you have one) into a universal edition one, very handy.

to answer your question an upgrade key is not the same as a serial, the upgrade key is just to download the installation while the serial activates it, and a serial from one edition will not work with a different edition.

hope this helps

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My laptop has windows7 starter installed. i have purchased anytime upgrade to home premium but it won't install. The product key is recognised. Microsoft doesn't seem to offer any support without payment. can anyone help ?

A:windows 7 anytime upgrade from starter to home

Do you get any type of error messages?

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Hi all, new user, first time poster and hoping you smart cats can help me. The forums have always provided answers in the past, but I feel I need to ask this one myself.

So, after three hours on the phone with MS Customer Support today (Worst time to call, by the way), I find out that this computer I purchased from a local company I did contract work for is unable to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, and therefore, unable to be upgraded to Windows 10. It has a volume license key, which is not allowed to be upgraded via store or any other method (apparently).

MS support suggested I take this back to the company I purchased it from. The issue with that is that I purchased it at very low cost because the company was going out of business. No luck there. I thought maybe it was an Enterprise copy, since those cannot be upgraded, but the System screen shows Windows 8 Pro.

So Microsoft's one and only suggestion was to purchase a "legitimate" product key, which got me to thinking it was a pirated version or some sort, but they checked and said it was not.

So, I come to you with the hopes that someone has successfully upgraded a volume license Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8.1, and then, hopefully, to Windows 10. I will leave this here and head off to bed, and I sincerely hope someone can be kind enough to assist. Please let me know if you need further information. Cheers!

A:Volume License Key'd Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Assistance Need

Volume MAK keys are not only version, but edition specific, meaning one can't upgrade with them - thus going to 8.1, let alone Win 10, is not possible without a new key.

PS: Run ShowkeyPlus to check if you have a Windows 7 OEM marker - we can then get you back to factory install and upgrade to Win 10 from there.

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Can anybody figure out what you get here:
Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade, Starter to Home Premium GBP 61.-
Is it fully functioning OS. why such a weird product title?
Is it crippleware you have to pay extra to upgrade to the cheapest Home Premium?

A:Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade, Starter to Home Pr

I think the link is messed up (if it was a link)...

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So I recently bought a product key for Windows Anytime Upgrade, so I can get rid of Win7 Starter on my netbook and get Windows 7 Home Premium. I start the Anytime Upgrade software and it works great, but fails as the upgrade gets around 90%, at which the upgrade process "fails" and restores the OS to Windows 7 Starter. I've looked at a few guides that gave solutions, but I've had no luck. Anyone have any ideas on how I can get this working?

The only thing I can find in the upgrade log that looks suspicious is:

Error: WAU | Failed to create WAU event due to error 0x5

Anyone have any ideas on how I can get this to work? Thanks.

(I will give more infos if needed)

A:Windows Anytime Upgrade Failure; Starter to Home Premium (32 bit)

Try rebooting to run it again to see if it corrects itself.

Next try a clean boot: In msconfig>Startup uncheck everything (add AV back later), then do the same in msconfig>Services after Hiding all MS services. Reboot several times to make sure nothing sneaks back in, or turn it off in its Program Preferences or Uninstall it. One more reboot, try AU.

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Hi everyone,
I am currently on Windows Vista Home Premium, and I was just wondering if I could use my Windows Vista Home Premium Anytime Upgrade disk to restore my hard drive after wiping it.



A:[SOLVED] Windows Vista Anytime Upgrade

Problem solved!

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Hi folks,
I am working with a company (that I have actually worked with for over 10 years on a consulting basis) and we are auditing our Microsoft Windows Server and server product licenses and preparing to upgrade Windows Server products.  We have ran into a snag, where the former System Administrator left the company a few years ago, however it was understood that the information regarding the VLSC was transferred to another partner in the company.  A new Systems Administrator has taken over, and we have determined that we do not have this information, including a Microsoft account username and password to access the VLSC and our Windows Server 2008R2 product keys, license agreements, SKUs, and downloads.  Unfortunately, the situation became took a turn for the worse about three months ago when the partner that had this information passed away.  No one at the company has access to this login information.  I currently administer most of their licensing, and have access to their much of their licensing information, download, product keys, etc., but I am clearly missing some very important ones.  I called Microsoft and they were of no assistance.  Since I am an administrator on the network, I can create a mailbox that the VLSC was probably originally registered under, however the VLSC says that Microsoft account is not even valid, not even prompting for the password.
I have a mailbox on their Exchange Server for their domain to prove I am ass... Read more

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This machine is a very common model in my environment and I have done many fresh windows installations using the OEM license key without issue. however, on this particular machine, it reports it cannot activate because it cannot contact the KMS for activation.
Again, to clarify, this is the OEM product key that has been automatically pulled over from UEFI and NOT a MAK/KMS key.

I've run diagnostics as typically requested for this type of issue and can provide any additional information you might need. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!!

The failure event:

Log Name:      Application
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP
Date:          11/2/2015 10:21:03 AM
Event ID:      8198
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      Temp-PC
License Activation (slui.exe) failed with the following error code:
Command-line arguments:
Event Xml:
< Event xmlns="http://schemas.micr... Read more

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I am running Win8.1 Home on my laptop.  I have access to a Win8.1 Pro (volume license) through my university. 

My question is - how do I do the upgrade, keeping all my data and system settings intact?
(I have looked at the info online, and the closest I have come to an answer is 'you need media, this cannot be done through the online Store'.  I have an <Win8.1-Pro-x64 .ISO> disc, is this sufficient?)

Thanks for any pointers.

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I have a copy of XP Home Upgrade that is currently installed on an old desktop machine that I might want to sacrifice for an installation on another machine (laptop). There should not be any problem with transferring this installation (key, activation) to this laptop should there, as long as I remove it from the desktop?

From what I gathered from contacting MS a while back, the upgrade license is just like the retail version and CAN be transfered. Right? Or am I going to need to buy an new copy?


A:[SOLVED] XP Home Upgrade License

you can transfer the upgrade as long as its not oem or came from your computer manufacturers as part of any upgrade program at the time of the computer purchase.

However, you will need to reformat that other computer to make it legal.

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I'm trying to find out the easiest way to go about upgrading from Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) to Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) and what issues I might run into.

I don't want to reinstall everything (Or anything if possible) so am looking for the easiest option to upgrade.

Anytime upgrade offers the upgrade at $139, a bit expensive.

I found a seller on ebay selling "Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Full Digital Download Key " for a lot less (He has about 1500 feedback at 100%)
My question is, can I use the key from this and enter it into the 'Enter an upgrade key' box during the Anytime Upgrade? Will I run into problems doing this?

Alternatively, I could get a copy of Ultimate from Digital River, burn it to a disk or thumb drive, use the key from the ebay seller above and try to do an 'upgrade' install over the top of my current Windows 7 Home Premium install (I don't know if this is even possible?)

Any suggestions are welcome.


A:Upgrade to Ultimate from Home Premium - Anytime Upgrade or reinstall?

The best way for any install is ALWAYS a clean install. Believe me you will have less problems and headaches than an upgrade. It would be worth your while to reinstall your software.

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Hi, I upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional yesterday using Windows Anytime Upgrade. Very shortly thereafter, my system started crashing with BSOD:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: d1
BCP1: FFFFF98035378E60
BCP2: 0000000000000002
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: FFFFF8800462B0E9
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

The first two times it happened I was copying files from another computer on my network to a shared folder on the computer that is crashing. The third time was very early this morning while I was not using the computer, though I had kicked off a format of an external USB hard drive the night before that did not complete successfully.

Note that you will see some minidump files from 2/6/14 - 3/12/14 -- I was getting BSOD crashes last year after I first built the system that were resolved by replacing the memory. Then I had one random crash on 4/11/14 and another random one on 4/18/15. The last three (6/24/15 and 6/25/15) started after the Windows 7 Professional upgrade.

Thanks very much for your assistance.

A:BSOD after Windows Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7 Professional (64 bit)

Hi dharrold.

Download and install Atheros LAN driver from GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77-DS3H (rev. 1.0) ... see how it goes. Let us know.

BugCheck D1, {fffff98035378e60, 2, 0, fffff8800462b0e9}

*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for L1C62x64.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for L1C62x64.sys
Probably caused by : L1C62x64.sys ( L1C62x64+70e9 )

Followup: MachineOwner

0: kd> !analyze -v
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

An attempt was made to access a pageable (or completely invalid) address at an
interrupt request level (IRQL) that is too high. This is usually
caused by drivers using improper addresses.
If kernel debugger is available get stack backtrace.
Arg1: fffff98035378e60, memory referenced
Arg2: 0000000000000002, IRQL
Arg3: 0000000000000000, value 0 = read operation, 1 = write operation
Arg4: fffff8800462b0e9, address which referenced memory

Debugging Details:
READ_ADDRESS: GetPointerFromAddress: unable to read fro... Read more

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Getting ready to pull the trigger on around 700 licenses for Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. What will I need after I Ghost a machine with Windows 7 in order to activate these licences? I have read that you can actually setup a licensing/activation server?

A:Windows 7 Volume License

You'll be given 2 sets of licenses. MAK And KMS... You'll add only the MAK keys into your image.

Microsoft Volume Licensing - Product Activation

You can use an internal KMS server, but it's a pain.

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i got a problem, i'm trying to upgrade my Windows 7 home premium to windows 7 ultimate.

i have checked, and i have Laptop to upgrade.

the problem is, i entered wrong key. and when i click "windows 7 anytime upgrade" again
it goes straight to the verifying KEY.

Can Someone please help me?

A:need help! Windows 7 anytime upgrade.

Maybe it would help if you try to retrieve the key:

Sorry if this does not assist - worth a try though. Perhaps someone else might have more advice.
Do you mean that you have entered a completely different key or just made a mistake with the correct one?

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What is Windows 7 anytime upgrade? Is it worth the price, which is about half of the normal upgrade from home premium to professional?

A:Windows 7 "Anytime" upgrade?

Here's the gist of it: you pay Microsoft for an "Anytime Upgrade" product key, enter it into your computer, and your version of Windows 7 is magically transformed into the version you bought the upgrade to. It's as simple as that.http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows...anytime-upgradehttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows...anytime-upgradehttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows...asked-questionsIf it's cheaper than a regular upgrade, then yeah, it's better to do it that way.Does that answer your question?

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i already have windows seven on my computer and on windows anytime upgrade
i entered in my serial code for win7 and now it says that i can upgrade but
what am i upgrading i already have win7

A:windows anytime upgrade

What version do you currently have?

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Want to upgrade Win 7 Home Premium 32bit to Pro 32bit so that, among other things, I can do backups to a network attached storage device. Anytime Upgrade tells me it is no longer available.
Home Premium was installed from a Reinstallation DVD for Dell PCs (I have a Dimension 5000) and I still have the DVD and product key from when I installed and registered it.
Is there still a way to upgrade (legally of course) or would I need to buy a Pro DVD (or download it) with a new product key and do a clean install?

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Sorry if this is a daft question

Lets say i started my own pc repair shop and one of the things that i wanted to do is to sell windows 7 to people, install it for them

Im wondering how much will this volume kit cost? I assume it comes with a a installatiom cd and 5 licenses meaning i can install windows 7 on 5 machines and then id hav to buy anothr 5.... Is thst correct?????????

Id appreciate the help...cheers, im based in uk

A:Windows 7 License Volume Kit Question

You don't use Volume Licenses for sale - you use OEM System Builder licenses. - see the OEM System Builder pages here...
OEM System Builder Licensing

Volume Licenses are only for use within a single organisation.

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I want the product key for windows anytime upgrade for my pc. Please send me now for my requirements.

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Hi there, this one might be a bit of a doozee..

So I originally upgraded to windows 7 home premium 64-bit using the 3-pack family upgrade kit to upgrade from windows XP. After a while I realized I needed some of the added features of the Pro version, so I used Windows anytime upgrade to Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.

It has been a little while now, and I'm needing to do a re-install (without going into too much depth) due to some software compatibility issues I am having.

The trouble is I don't know where to obtain my product key for the upgrade, and I'm concerned if I attempt a reinstall I'll be left with an OS that can't be activated. Also since I did the anytime upgrade, I did not receive an installation DVD.. I do have another Pro version installation DVD I purchased for a separate license (that should work, right?).

I'm having an impossible time trying to get information on reinstalls pertaining to anytime upgrade user through microsoft, and there customer support seems to be non-existent..

Does anyone know the answer? Can anyone help?

A:How do I reinstall my Windows 7 Pro 64-bit OS(windows anytime upgrade)

You obviously should have backed up the Anytime Upgrade key for just this reason. This is also why there is Win7 backup imaging which would reimage the finished Pro install in 20 minutes instead of now having to reinstall both OS's.

You can try auditing the installed Professional Product Key as well as all other installed software and hardware using http://download.cnet.com/Belarc-Advi...-10007277.html

Use the same Premium key you used originally to activate the reinstall, booting the Premium DVD which should accept the key up front since it will see an OS on the HD. Then delete all partitions, create new as you wish, install. If key is rejected leave it blank during install then afterwards do the Option 2 or 3 workaround given here to activate Upgrade version on a new or wiped HD: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Once Home Premium is installed if you really need the few expensive extra features you can insert the Pro key into Anytime Upgrade. Then as soon as it's set up and activated save a Win7 backup image so you never have to reinstall both again.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Follow these same Best Practices for a perfect install: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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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.


A:Windows Anytime Upgrade. Risks?

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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I confirm that you can windows anytime upgrade from Home Premium (even not yet activated) to Professional using Digital River product key (of course for Professional edition).

The process takes less than 10 minutes and you don't need the Professional or Anytime Upgrade DVD. All the installed programs are intact.

A:Use DigitalRiver Pro key for windows anytime upgrade


how can you get Pro key ?

I have home 7 key .. student edition .. but I am unable to find pro key .. to upgrade my win ..


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My brand new computer is currently running windows 7 home edition. I have windows 7 ultimate, enterprise, and professtional DVD, all bootable, with legal keys not used yet (from UNI) (2 keys for each edition).

My question is can I just enter the CD key and upgrade without any need to install or clean install. or do i need to go the long way; backup,install,restore?

Thanks in advance

James Anderson

A:windows 7 anytime upgrade question?

No, you have to install in order to enter the keys.

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Hi all

I have a brand new laptop with Home Premium x64 on it. I have purchased a Windows Anytime Upgrade to Pro. When I go to perform the upgrade, it validates the key fine. I accept the EULA, and then click upgrade. After a minute I get a generic message saying the installation failed try again. No error messages etc.

I did some research and made sure system restore was on, disabled AV software, uninstalled diskburner software (nero), etc. I performed windows updates (though I am still not on SP1 since I am also having issues getting past a certain KB, another thread
issue with kb2487426

the folks there suggested starting this thread to just go straight to pro and avoid the update issues... Any help would be appreciated. BTW -- I don't have a CD drive on this laptop so if I need to boot from a disk...

A:Windows Anytime Upgrade Fails

If you don't get help soon I'll see if I can find someone.

Good luck.

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To: Advanced Users and Members

I made this thread for open source workarounds related to Windows Anytime Upgrade was not successful. Due to when you encountered this problem the system would not give any error code to start with isolating the problem why it fails.

A:Windows Anytime Upgrade was not successful

What are the main reasons to consider when performing WAU was not successful.

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Hello all, I recently purchased an upgrade from windows 7 home prem(64) to Windows 7 ultimate(64). i simply right clicked on "my computer"---"properties"---then clicked on the upgrade windows button(i think it said "try a new version of windows" or something like that.) ON the website it took me too i chose to upgrade to ultimate, paid with my credit card, got a reciept emailed to me with the product code and updated...no problem.

1 week later i tried to do the same with my laptop and was told that the site was ofline or something like that and to try again. I then inputed the same key as i purched for my main computer not thinking it would work and to my surprise it did and i downloaded ultimate for my laptoop as well. The next day i tried to purchase a product code again and now i cannot seem to find where to go. When i go to anytime upgrade for canada it doesnt give me an option to buy, just compare. sometimes i get brought to the USA website where i can purchase it but i have no option to enter a canadian address in the address section. In fact if i do a search for anytime upgrade i always get brought to the US site and not the canadian one.

I deleted all my cookies that i can tell with windows cleanup. i also checked my language settings in both windows and internet exporer and they are both set to canada.

I dont know why i could download it one day and not the next.

any ideas


A:windows anytime upgrade canada

Quote: Originally Posted by dlar76

Hello all, I recently purchased an upgrade from windows 7 home prem(64) to Windows 7 ultimate(64). i simply right clicked on "my computer"---"properties"---then clicked on the upgrade windows button(i think it said "try a new version of windows" or something like that.) ON the website it took me too i chose to upgrade to ultimate, paid with my credit card, got a reciept emailed to me with the product code and updated...no problem.

1 week later i tried to do the same with my laptop and was told that the site was ofline or something like that and to try again. I then inputed the same key as i purched for my main computer not thinking it would work and to my surprise it did and i downloaded ultimate for my laptoop as well. The next day i tried to purchase a product code again and now i cannot seem to find where to go. When i go to anytime upgrade for canada it doesnt give me an option to buy, just compare. sometimes i get brought to the USA website where i can purchase it but i have no option to enter a canadian address in the address section. In fact if i do a search for anytime upgrade i always get brought to the US site and not the canadian one.

I deleted all my cookies that i can tell with windows cleanup. i also checked my language settings in both windows and internet exporer and they are both set to canada.

I dont know why i could download it one day and not the ne... Read more

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I'm not sure if this is a trick question or if I just can't find the answer (and Lord knows I've Googled it!) because it's so simple.
If I'm upgrading a computer running Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Ultimate using the aforementioned Windows Anytime Upgrade, how much more additional hard drive space do I need, if any?
Any help / links, feedback from folks who may have done this, would be & will be greatly appreciated.
in the technological weeds,

A:Windows Anytime Upgrade question

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is a program that you can download and run on your computer to find out if you have the necessary hardware to use specific features of a particular edition of Windows 7. To download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, go to the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor website. The download is about 5 megabytes.     

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Currently I've got Win 7 HP on my laptop and I want to upgrade to Professional. If I upgrade to Professional and say, later on I choose to format my system. Would I be able to start from scratch and install Win 7 Professional with the key I buy today ?


A:Question about Windows Anytime Upgrade ?

You can make a clean install with an upgrade disk (highly recommended in any case): Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Besides, I would make an image after the initial installation - and also later. That is a lot less painful: Imaging with free Macrium

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For anyone considering a Windows Anytime Upgrade, like from Home Premium to Ultimate.

I did this exact upgrade myself. The upgrade took approximately 2 hours, and there were no warning messages. The promo for the upgrade says it will upgrade your OS but leave your files and settings intact. Not entirely true.

Once the upgrade was completed, my login screen came up. The first thing that I noticed was wrong was my "true" administrator account was not an option (I had previously made it active, and was an option with Home Premium). No problem, my personal log in was an administrator level access, so I clicked to log in, it accepted my password, then went to a screen which took several minutes saying "preparing desktop". When it was done, I got a message that my original profile was not available and that I had been given a default or temp profile. My entire desktop was missing.

Then one of my central tools for system protection took a dump. Windows Live OneCare. In particular, the firewall was non-functioning. It took numerous trouble shooting steps and some downloaded software from Microsoft to get Live OneCare working properly again. Ok, I had made a limited backup from before the upgrade (thank you know who), I went to restore the files from the backup, which it did. But my c:\users\name (where my backed up files went to) was not where my "new" profile was being stored. My new profile was being stored in c:\users\name.machine name. So I had... Read more

A:Windows Anytime Upgrade - Caution

Always I think make a fresh installation is the best choice.

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OK, so I had a look around the forums and found plenty of topics on WAU, but they didn't answer my question.

I'm about to go buy a netbook with Win7 Starter and I was wondering if I would be able to use one of my Technet keys to upgrade to Home Premium. Anyone know?


A:Windows Anytime Upgrade with Technet key

Should be able to. I have used a Student Upgrade key to do an Anytime from HP.

Unfortunately, even though I have posted several times, no one has given me any feedback about whether it worked for them. I am the only one I know of who has tried it, and it worked for me.

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Hi all,

I am having problems getting a computer upgraded from Windows 7 Professional (x64) to Windows 7 Ultimate (x64). The Windows Anytime Upgrade application is not in the start menu nor does it exist in the system32 folder. I believe it is called "windowsanytimeupgradeUI.exe" in System32. I have tried planting the EXE into system32 but it will not run properly as I believe some DLL's are missing.

Please see this thread on Microsoft Answers made by X33N whose problems are identical to mine:


Suffice to say I have tried the solutions suggested on the thread to no avail. I understand that the problem was not resolved on Microsoft answers but I really cannot afford to reinstall the OS on this machine and was hoping TSF would pull together for me on this one.

I am hoping that we can either get a resolution to the problem OR if somebody could tell me what exe's/dll's etc are used by the Windows Anytime Upgrade program I can try to get this working/installed.

I am tech savvy so obviously I have tried all of the most obvious solution to the best of my knowledge.

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks in advance.

A:Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade- Not Installed?

Please tell us what you are trying to do with the Anytime Upgrade that you could not do with a copy of the Retail/OEM DVD and an Ultimate Product Key.

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I recently purchased this great new computer (for once, it's the one now in my system specs), but it came with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit). I owned an upgrade copy of Professional, so I input the product key into Anytime Upgrade, and I was running Professional in a few minutes. But now, Windows is trying to activate, and it won't accept the product key! I have typed it several times now, and I do not think there are any typos. So I tried to upgrade again, this time from the disc, and the upgrade failed, probably because it would essentially be "upgrading" to the same version it already has.

So in short, I am now running a copy of Windows 7 Professional, installed from Anytime Upgrade, using the product key from a standard upgrade disc, which is going to expire in 24 days because it suddenly won't take the key. Is there any way I can extricate myself from this mess, or do I just need to contact Microsoft and work out the product key situation with them?

- Phil

A:Windows Anytime Upgrade on New Computer

I reckon your best bet is to phone them and explain. I think they will OK it there and then.

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Ok. We have four laptops in the house. I only want to upgrade our son's Fizzbook Spin to Windows 10 and keeping the others on Windows 7.

The Fizzbook Spin came with Windows 7 starter. Rather than do a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium, I did any anytime upgrade which has its own licence key. (The reason for this is you can't get hold of the drivers for the quirky educational software it comes with and the upgrade went smoothly and improved its performance no end).

So my question is - can I do an upgrade to Windows 10. We have not received the upgrade icon but I have a copy of Windows 10 32 bit burned to usb drive. As I understand it, if you haven't already downloaded the Windows 10 upgrade (thereby registering your computer with microsoft) you can install from the dvd/usb but need your Windows 7 Product Key to be able to register/activate Windows 10.

Does anyone know if this will work with an anytime upgrade of Windows 7 Home Premium please? And also which product key do I use? The original Windows Starter one, or the Windows Anytime Upgrade one? (Which is not described as a Product Key but as an upgrade key).

I can't do a clean install for the same reasons as above - wouldn't be able to get the touch screen and so on working again. Thanks!

Either that or could I just find somewhere to download the Windows 10 upgrade?

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A:Upgrading Anytime upgrade to Windows 10

It should be OK as the system is running Windows 7 Home premium with a valid license. but due to the relatively low spec of the system you may have issues

all the basic information for the upgrade and options is here...

Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums

I would advise running the upgrade adviser as it may well be that the drivers and the actual educational software may not work with Windows Ten. I would also advise you do a complete backup, (disk image and Data ) before you do anything

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Okay so I am a college student. I bought a windows anytime upgrade key for Home Premium to Professional. I need it for the classes I am taking. Only when I enter the product key it validates then I press upgrade and a few seconds later it says it was unsuccessful. Following that it says that my key doesn't work for windows anytime upgrade and to enter a different code. The key is specifically for upgrading through windows anytime upgrade from Home Premium to Professional. I am quite frustrated

A:Windows Anytime Upgrade to Pro Fail

Nevermind. I went to restart my computer to try again, and it started upgrading. After I ran dxdiag to make sure it is now Windows Professional...

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I have a question regarding upgrading a Windows 7 OS using a keycard purchased. I purchased a keycard last summer and upgraded my Windows 7 OS from Home Premium to Ultimate using the Windows Anytime Upgrade feature in the Control Panel. How many systems can I use this keycard on? I see no limit anywhere on the card or the small box it came in, and I see nothing about there being a limit in the Windows Help.

I am hoping that I can use it on more than 1 PC because I was recently given an HP Mini (netbook) from a friend and it has Windows 7 Starter on it which has almost no features to it whatsoever.

A:Windows Anytime Upgrade Question

Unfortunately, you can only use it on one computer.

If you wish to upgrade another computer and still use the one that you've upgraded, then I'm afraid you'll need to buy another product key.

However, you can use your existing upgrade product key on another computer if you uninstall it from the original computer.

I agree that Windows Starter is an abomination. Your cheapest way would be an anytime upgrade to Home Premium.

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I have Vista home premium 32 bits and I have buy a Windows Anytime Upgrade to Vista Ultimate online. I'm waiting for my cd order.
I have one question. With the update to Ultimate do you know if I will receive a CD with 32 bits version and an other with 64 bits version?
I want upgrade to Ultimate 64 bits....

A:Windows Anytime Upgrade to Ultimate

If you have 32 bit, you will get another 32 bit CD unless you specifically asked for a 64 bit CD.

Also, you cannot "Upgrade" from 32 bit to 64 bit - The internal engines of the two are completely different. You *CAN* order a 64 bit Ultimate CD from Microsoft, no problem. But going from 32 to 64 requires a clean install.

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Bought new computer with windows vista home basic already installe. windows anytime upgrade cd came with. does this mean I can upgrade without buying? am new at the computer game and a lot I dont know

A:Windows Vista Anytime Upgrade

Yes but what is the spec of your machine.
Spec means I want to know the following:
Hard Drive

Also which version of Vista will you be upgrading to, is it Home Premium or Ultimate.

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Hi Everyone - New here. I've searched and haven't seen this addressed specifically, so any help will be appreciated.

I currently am running win 7 home premium upgrade. I purchased this upgrade and have the media. I also recently purchased win 7 professional upgrade. Both versions are 64 bit. I'd like to 'change' from my retail copy of home premium to my retail copy/key of professional. Any suggestions on how I can do this without a clean install?

Can I simply 'enter new key'? Can I enter an "anytime upgrade" key? Can I do an upgrade in place using the Win 7 Pro media?


A:Change from Home Premium to Pro without Anytime Upgrade


This may be of help:

using a upgrade key with anytime upgrade


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After I got the anytime upgrade from Home Premium 64 bit to Pro I am having problems. W7 will occasionaly hang on boot up and I have to pull the plug to get it to reboot. It will not recognize my Android phone in the USB ports and I have to use a different computer to copy stuff to the Android. I only have the upgrade DVDs for W7 Home Premium, so I installed it using the "install twice" trick. I guess my question is: Should I reinstall it using the new CD key I got when I paid for the anytime upgrade? Or should I install it with the original key and then do the anytime upgrade again? Should I wipe the SSD drive clean and start over doing the "install twice"? If I do that, should I use the upgrade key or the original one? Should I forget about the pro version and just stick with the home premium? My Home premium version is the family pack upgrade that lets you install on 3 computers. However, to license it, it wouldn't let me do it unless I said
"one" when the recording asked me how many computers. Crazy.

Intel i7 960 on Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD OS drive, 1 TB Data drive, Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 video

A:Problems with 64-bit W7 after anytime upgrade from Home Premium to Pro


You only have uprade win7 home premium as your base OS? Or did you mean you have the upgrade for pro and the regular DVD for Home premium?

If that is the case, you can try a clean install with an upgrade version: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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For a recently purchased PC, am considering purchasing a "Windows Anytime Upgrade" from Home Premium 64 to Utltrimate 64
Search of these forums indicate that there have been problems with this upgrade. But, could not find many such posts after late Summer of 2008.

Has anyone done such an upgrade withing the past 2-3 months, and if so, were any problems encountered?

SP1 came pre-installed, and some of the early 2008 "problems encountered" posts mentioned that SP1 was not on the Upgrade CD. Can anyone confirm that SP1 is now on the Upgrade CD?

Thank you.

A:Anytime Upgrade - Home Premium 64 to Ultimate 64

I have the same question exactly. I am thinking of an upgrade from Premium to Ultimate but my research indicated lots of confusion and problems. I have Vista 64bit Home Premium with SP1 pre-installed.

Besides wondering about whether the Upgrade comes with SP1 preinstalled I am wondering what this will do to my existing premium system (i.e. will it be "upgraded" leaving my minimal configuration intact or will it effectively be like a clean install ? )

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I bought a used Laptop and recently found out that it has Volume license Win 8 Pro, which does not allow for Win 8.1 Upgrade... really painful to miss out on some useful apps that only for 8.1

To make thing worst, my license seems to expire in about 6 months. Does anyone know if Volume License Win 8 Pro can be upgraded to Win 10 ?


A:Is Win 8 Pro Volume license eligible for upgrade to Win 10

Hi... just found out that Win 8 is not to be upgraded at all!

"We will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year!"

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Hi guys,
I am looking for some answers on how I may update my Windows 8 Pro computer to 8.1 and then to the 8.1 update, if possible.
It's a volume licensed copy of Windows and I have no access to these updates. From what I've read, I need an MSN (what ever it's called) subscription to have access to these updates. I've seen articles around the web with ways to update, such as this one William's Blog: How to upgrade Windows 8 volume license to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store but I do not want to do anything illegal or mess up my computer, so I want to be safe and ask you knowledgeable guys first. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

A:Updating volume license copy of Windows 8 Pro

Well you could get an MSDN subscription but at $699 (How to buy) for the year it isn't a cheap way to do what you want.

Unfortunately you can't legitimately upgrade from Enterprise to Pro - you'll need to buy the normal version and do a clean install. 8.1 costs $120 from Microsoft. 8.1 Pro is $200 (Buy Windows 8.1 Pro - Microsoft Store). You might find it cheaper elsewhere but personally I would not risk it - you'll end up buying a non-legitimate key. If it was my money I'd buy the standard Windows rather than the Pro version - the only thing you would need Pro for is joining a domain and in that case your company would pay for it. All the other "advantages" have free alternatives but see here Compare Windows 8.1 Editions in case any of them are worth $80 to you.

On the bright side it is far cheaper than in the past. I paid $190 to upgrade from 7 Pro to Ultimate just to get the language packs which are now free.

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Hello folks, I've been trying to upgrade 2 7-Pro x64 machines to Ultimate, using Windows Anytime Upgrade, and I get through the 1st step of my name and address most of the time, and sometimes I even get to where I put my payment information in, but then I get and error saying to close Anytime Upgrade and try again.

Once I saw a different error, saying that the selected option is no longer available.

I called the help number, and the Microsoft employee said Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade is no longer available. I can't confirm this, and it seems strange that you would still be able to select it, and enter payment information and such. He told me my only options were to buy a full-version of 7 Ultimate, and do a clean install, or buy Windows 8 Pro and clean install that.

The web site still indicates it's available: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/videos/upgrade-to-another-edition-of-windows-7-by-using-windows-anytime-upgrade.

Anyway, can anyone confirm that Windows Anytime Upgrade no longer works? I need to use bitlocker on these two systems, and don't want to do clean installs. Thanks!

A:Windows Anytime Upgrade no longer works?

I called the help number, and the Microsoft employee said Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade is no longer available. I can't confirm this, and it seems strange that you would still be able to select it, and enter payment information and such. He told me my only options were to buy a full-version of 7 Ultimate, and do a clean install, or buy Windows 8 Pro and clean install that.

A full, upgrade or AnyTime Upgrade key will work in AnyTime Upgrade, no need to clean install.

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I have a Windows Home Premium commercial version, which came with an Anytime Upgrade icon in the control panel. In my brilliance I moved the icon to invisible using Tweak 7. Now I cannot find it because it says it is disabled, and I must use it to upgrade to Ultimate, which I just purchased. I suspect it is somewhere in the computer, and has had a registry entry which has disabled it from being used, and Ultimate will not install except by use of WAU. Can anyone suggest how I can retrieve the use of it?

A:Lost my Windows Anytime Upgrade icon

Try doing a system restore to see if it fixes it...

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So way, way, way back when... when Microsoft was offering presale Windows 7 disks to university students I purchased mine online.

I recently had to reinstall the OS due to a failing hard drive but I just now noticed, on the original disk (OE from MS, complete with hologram, etc) it says, "Includes Windows Anytime Upgrade".
Also I just noticed in the System information window under Windows Edition it says, "Get more features with a new edition of Windows 7". From there it takes me to another window to enter the key. This is a different key than the original installer key.

My question is, how do I get this key? When they say "Includes Windows Anytime Upgrade", do they just mean Microsoft just gives you a handy link to purchase a key???

A:Help retrieving Windows Anytime Upgrade Key from OE disc

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

If you have not use your upgrade, you will find your key in the email from the university students purchased.

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