Upgrade to another edition of Windows 7 by using Windows Anytime Upgrade

If you want more features than you currently have in your existing edition of Windows 7, you can upgrade to another edition using Windows Anytime Upgrade. Pricing information for each edition of Windows 7 is available as part of the Windows Anytime Upgrade process. You can also go to an electronics store to see prices and to buy a Windows Anytime Upgrade key.

Here's how to begin:

  1. Open Windows Anytime Upgrade by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type anytime upgrade, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Anytime Upgrade .

  2. Follow the instructions on each page.

When the upgrade is complete, you will have a new edition of Windows 7 running on your computer.


  • Windows Anytime Upgrade will only allow upgrades from a 32-bit version to a 32-bit version or from a 64-bit version to a 64-bit version. You can't upgrade from a 32-bit version to a 64-bit version with Windows Anytime Upgrade, for example. For more information about 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, see 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions.

  • Windows Anytime Upgrade isn't available in all editions of Windows 7, such as Windows 7 Ultimate edition.

  • 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.

For more information about Windows Anytime Upgrade, see Windows Anytime Upgrade: frequently asked questions.

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