Upgrade Windows 7 from Starter, Home Premium and Professional editions to higher editions with Windows Anytime Upgrade. Windows Anytime Upgrade is designed to upgrade your computer from one edition of Windows 7 to another edition of Windows 7, if you are running an activated copy of Windows 7 on your PC.
Windows 7 Ultimate has all the best features of Windows 7. But what if you are running a Starter or Home Premium or Professional edition of Windows 7 and you wanted to have Windows 7 ultimate? Then you should buy and use Windows Anytime Upgrade. With Windows Anytime Upgrade, you can upgrade from one version of Windows 7 to any other higher version but you cannot downgrade from higher to lower version.
Before upgrading, use Windows 7 Upgrade Installation advisor to find out if your computer hardware meets all the minimum requirements to use a higher edition of Windows 7.
If after the upgrade, you decide to go back to the earlier edition, you need to do a clean installation of your previous Windows 7 edition. To clean install Windows 7, you will also need the original edition’s product key. Hence, it is recommended to back up the product key in a safe location.
How to upgrade Windows 7?
To upgrade Windows 7 to higher version, do the following:
- Click Start and type “anytime upgrade” in the search box.
- From the search results, click “Windows Anytime Upgrade” and follow the instructions to upgrade to the new edition of Windows 7. First, click on “Go online to choose the edition of Windows 7 that is best for you“.
- You will get a list of Windows 7 editions to buy.Once you buy a new version and have an upgrade key, click on “Enter an upgrade key” and enter the key.
That is all! Once the upgrade is complete, you will have a new edition of Windows 7 running on your computer.
It is however important to note that you can use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade a 32-bit Windows 7 to another 32-bit version or a 64-bit version to another 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.
You cannot upgrade Windows 7 on multiple computers with a single upgrade key. You will have to buy separate Windows Anytime Upgrade keys for every PC (running Windows 7) you intend to upgrade.