Keep getting Windows Home Premium

I have a TechNet subscription and want to download and install a copy of Windows 7 Professional in a VMware Workstation virtual machine for testing purposes.  Twice now, I've downloaded what I thought was Windows 7 Professional and installed it, only to find it is really Windows 7 Home Premium.  The first time I thought it was a careless mistake.  The second time, after being quite careful about which version I was downloading, I'm starting to wonder what in the world is going on.

What makes an install of Windows 7 either Home Premium or Professional, etc.?  Is it the activation key or the ISO file?  Knowing this will help me determine where I'm going wrong.
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TechNet has separate ISO files to download for Win7 Professional versus Home Premium.  But at the same time, you raise a good point:  are you certain that you requested a CD key for Professional and are utilizing it accordingly?
its the activation key. check the serial code and make sure its for professional and not home edition. based on the serial code you get some additional functionality..
To elaborate a bit more, within your TechNet web GUI their is a sub-section called My Keys where you can scroll down to the Windows 7 Professional entry and formally request an appropriate product key.
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witzph1Author Commented:
I'll have to check on the key.  But I was curious if an install of Professional registered using a Home Premium key would downgrade it to Home Premium.
witzph1Author Commented:
wshark83, you are saying it IS possible to "downgrade" an install of Professional by entering a Home Premium key?  That's what I must be doing then.
witzph1Author Commented:
Run5K, I'm familiar with the My Keys section of TechNet. I'll check to make sure I've got the right key.
Raymond PengSystems EngineerCommented:
Yes - by default a windows 7 dvd / iso has all the files for ALL versions.  It is the key that unlocks the versions / attributes.  There's a MS article that explains it but the article shows you how it works.

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witzph1Author Commented:
Thanks for your help!
Interesting choice.  Regardless, glad to hear that you're back in business.
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