Upgrading Windows 7 on a netbook using Windows Anytime Upgrade

If your netbook came with Windows 7 Starter, you might be wondering if you are missing out on some of the features offered in other editions of Windows 7.

Windows 7 Starter includes features like Jump Lists, Snap, and Windows Search. Windows 7 Starter also supports the latest hardware and software, and includes features that help make home networking easier.

If you're interested in additional features, such as transparent window borders, Peek and Shake, themes, and other personalization options, you can use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade to another edition of Windows 7. Most netbooks can run other editions of Windows 7 just fine.

Get the most out of Windows 7

Picture of the Windows Anytime Upgrade welcome screen
Get more features by using Windows Anytime Upgrade.

Windows Anytime Upgrade can upgrade your netbook from Windows 7 Starter to another edition like Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Ultimate in just a few minutes, and it keeps your programs, settings, and files in place. To compare the different Windows 7 editions and find the right edition for you, go to the Windows website.


  • To make sure your netbook can run the advanced features in other editions of Windows 7, go to the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor webpage. The Upgrade Advisor can help find potential issues and recommend what to do.

  • Windows Anytime Upgrade is only available for online purchase in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

How do I upgrade my edition of Windows 7?

All you need to get started is a Windows Anytime Upgrade key. You can either purchase one online when you open Windows Anytime Upgrade, or you can purchase a Windows Anytime Upgrade key at an electronics store.

For more information on how to use Windows Anytime Upgrade, see Upgrade to another edition of Windows 7 by using Windows Anytime Upgrade.