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Updating Win 7 Home to Win 7 Pro

I have a home computer that came with Win 7 Home Premium that I need to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro (I need to put the XP Virtual Machine on it).

Back in the day, when you had Windows XP Home, you could easily upgrade to Win XP Pro by just inserting the CD.

I am wondering if anyone has tried this with Win 7, and what results/feedback do you have?
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I haven't done an version upgrade with Windows 7, but there should be no real problems. There are often issue going from Vista to Win 7, but from Win 7 to Win 7 shouldn't cause any problems as there isn't a huge amount of changes going on.

The upgrade can be found here: http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Windows-Anytime-Upgrade-Windows-7-Home-Premium-to-Professional/product/C562285E

On another note, is it the Windows 7 "XP Mode" that you require, with the extra functions it carries, or just a simple virtual machine? As this can be accomplished with VMWare which is free.

It is seamless... you should have no problem. You can download the upgrade and they will send you a CD as a backup :
You should have no problems at all.
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I upgraded from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.  Easy as eating pie.  You'll love the XP Pro Virtual PC too, very nice.
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tnorman--I think you should already have Windows Anytime Upgrade on your PC.  On mine it is located at
When you have the Win7 Pro DVD use %windir%\system32\WindowsAnytimeUpgradeUI.exe and follow directions.
Having said that, I remember back in the XP days that I just installed one version of XP over a less expensive version of XP. Everything worked fine.  But that is not supposed to be good for the PC.  So, if you have
why not use it?
it's basically the same process, but i think doing it at startup is better.  besides the install process is so much faster and better than xp was.  xp wasnt as bad as vista though.
Did you not have WindowsAnytimeUpgradeUI.exe already on the PC and had to spend the $89.95 ?
I always prefer to recommend the use of this option of the Anytime Upgrade from the Microsoft Store http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Windows-Anytime-Upgrade-Windows-7-Home-Premium-to-Professional/product/C562285E than using the WindowsAnytimeUpgradeUI.exe on your computer just because you get the media shipped which may be needed in the future if you get a malware infection or a bad hard drive or any other reason that would require you to reinstall.
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