Windows Anytime Upgrade: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade. For more information, see Upgrade to another edition of Windows 7 by using Windows Anytime Upgrade.
A Windows Anytime Upgrade key might also be called a Windows Anytime Upgrade product key.
Windows Anytime Upgrade is unavailable in some editions of Windows 7.
Online purchase is available only in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
If you have a Windows 7 Professional volume license, you can't use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate.
You'll see pricing information for each edition during the Windows Anytime Upgrade process. You can also go to an electronics store to see prices and to buy a Windows Anytime Upgrade key.
In most places, you can go to an electronics store to buy an upgrade key.
In Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, you also have the option to buy an upgrade key online.
If you purchased an upgrade key card package and the upgrade key isn't inside, review the package instructions carefully. You might need to go online to retrieve your upgrade key
using the PIN that's included in the package.
No. Windows Anytime Upgrade can't upgrade previous versions of Windows to Windows 7. Windows Anytime Upgrade is designed only to upgrade your computer from one edition of Windows 7 to another edition of Windows 7.
Yes, you can use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade a 32-bit version to a 32-bit version or from a 64-bit version to a 64-bit version of Windows 7. However, Windows Anytime Upgrade can't upgrade a 32-bit version to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or a 64-bit version to a 32-bit version of Windows 7.
Yes. You'll need to buy an upgrade for each computer on which you want to install a different edition of Windows 7. You can buy additional upgrades through the Windows Anytime Upgrade online purchase process or by getting a Windows Anytime Upgrade key at an electronics store.
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.
Yes, but you'll need to do a clean installation of your previous edition of Windows 7, which means that your files and program settings won't be preserved.
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