It is possible to do an in-place upgrade from Win7 Home Premium (64 bit) to Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) using the Ultimate DVD?

I have a PC that came with Win7 Home Premium 64 already installed - its got all the drivers etc installed and no bloatware.

I have a genuine Win7 Ultimate DVD with key and I'd like to upgrade the machine (mainly so I can use the remote desktop).

I know I can use the 'Anytime Upgrade' but I don't want to pay again since I already have a Win7 Ultimate on DVD. (I did try and use the key from the Ultimate DVD to do an any-time upgrade but it says the key is not valid for any time upgrade).

I don't really want to have to reinstall the OS again from scratch.

asked 11/15/2011 12:17

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9 Answers:
I can't say for sure with Windows 7... Microsoft may have made it a bit better.

However, I had this exact same scenario with Windows Vista and there was *no* way to use the retail DVD to to an in-place upgrade from Home Premium to Ultimate. I had to reinstall the OS. It was incredibly frustrating. An "upgrade" license was not the same as a "retail installation" license.

Like I said though, maybe things are different in Windows 7.

Have you tried booting from the Windows 7 DVD and looking at the options in the installer?


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I think is not is the link for upgrade paths.

If you can buy anytime upgrade key then it is possible.


answered 2011-11-15 at 08:24:38

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I gave it a go anyway - nothing to loose

I booted into Win7 Home Premium, put the ultimate DVD in the drive and selected Install Windows, I chose the upgrade option....
The machine whizzed about a bit and then complained that Windows7 Home Premium cannot be upgraded to Ultimate... blah ... blah ... you can do a fresh install... etc

It even put a little HTML file on the desktop with the same info in it.

Despite this however, when Windows rebooted the splash screen said Window 7 Ultimate, - Despite the messages it had actually done the upgrade - all the ultimate features appear to be there - including the remote desktop.

I had to re-activate ... but I entered my Ultimate key and it was accepted.

Quite why I got the 'Sorry I can't do that' messages I'm not sure - BUT IT WORKED !!!

answered 2011-11-15 at 08:36:23

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All you should really need to do is to change the Activation key. When you enter the key for the ultimate license you have the extra features of ultimate should get available (you may just have to add some of them via add Windows features in Programs and features of the control panel (this would be the same thing you'd be doing using the anytime upgrade, you shouldn't require any DVD's).

The only issue I believe you could run into is if you are moving from an OEM version of Windows 7 to a normal version.

answered 2011-11-15 at 08:57:52

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I wish I'd waited for your comment rindi - that makes a lot of sense....
I'll give you the points on that basis :-)

answered 2011-11-15 at 08:58:08

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Just a further note. This won't work with the enterprise version of Windows 7. That is too different to the others for some reason.

answered 2011-11-15 at 09:00:22

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it will work without a problem. It will take a while, just install the dvd into your dvdrom and run setup.. it will be faster if you copy the files to your hard drive into a folder and then run setup from that folder. It will package up your vista settings and windows folder and put them into windows.old.  It will run a compatability checker and give you some advice i.e. de-authorize this computer from iTunes

Vista Home Premium -> Wiindows 7 Ultimate is a valid upgrade scenario as long as you are going from x86<>x86 or x64<>x64.. if going from x86-> x64 it means a clean install.

answered 2011-11-15 at 09:04:10

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oops saw it was Win7 home premium -- same rules apply..  you could try the  reset product key routine
start /run type cmd in the search box and right click on cmd.exe and run as administrator  
slmgr.vbs -ipk <type your product key here>
slmgr.vbs -ato      < to activate>

if it doesn't work then follow my previous instructions.

answered 2011-11-15 at 09:14:29

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answered 2011-11-15 at 09:20:55

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