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Upgrading Windows 7 to volume licensed higher version

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I have a non-profit business client that purchased a volume license for 64bit windows 7 professional.  They need to upgrade several PCs containing working Windows 7 Home Premium.  The DVD states after initially running that the PCs have to use Windows Anywhere and exit from the upgrade.  If I try using the volume license running Windows Anywhere, it is rejected.   How is this to be accomplished?
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jamietoner earned 2000 total points
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Use windows easy transfer to backup data and settings(programs won't be backed up) then do a clean reinstall from the vl dvd.
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by:vaayuratha
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sorry, but I'm looking for a solution, dump and reload isn't going to cut it if there is one.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Microsoft does not permit the upgrading of Win7 Home class systems to business class systems using a volume license.  They did with XP, but not with Win7.

Assumming you mean "Windows Anytime Upgrade" and not "Windows Anywhere" which I've never heard of, then you will need to upgrade from the Home to Pro or Ultimate versions on the hardware first, then you can use the Volume License you have.

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by:ded9
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I think the reason why you cant upgrade is because the Windows 7 Home Premium pcs might be 32 bit and you have windows 7 professional 64 bit disc.

32bit to 64bit upgrade is not possible.


Can you whether the pcs have  Windows 7 Home premium 32 bit.


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by:noxcho
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You cannot do this without clean reinstall. Windows does not support simply changing Edition version.
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by:vaayuratha
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Sorry for the delay,  I feel everyone gave their best to this.  Frankly, I think it sucks that Microsoft sells a disk which says printed on it that you can upgrade.  The disk appeared willing to do it, but was rejected by the Volume license only.  It seems crazy to expect someone to pay for a retail upgrade for each PC to get Windows 7 Pro, so you can "upgrade" to volume licensed Windows 7 Pro???

I have yet to find what exactly it will upgrade from with any clarity.  

To answer the question above, the old O/S is 64bit 7 home premium.

In fairness to all, I am assigning the point to the first answer, since basically that was the core of all other answers

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