W7 home to Pro upgrade

Have a customer with W7 Home ,but would like to upgrade to pro using OEM license Pro disk.
You used to be able to do this in XP,but they want you to download everything from net

Any body got any suggestions on how to do this just using a standard W7 DVD?
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rindiCommented:
The best way to upgrade from lower versions of Windows 7 to better versions is to use Windows Anytime Upgrade. It is the most cost effective way to upgrade, and you don't need any installation media. All you need to do is use the anytime upgrade within windows to order the upgrade, and then you get a new product key which unlocks the added features of the higher version. You don't need any DVD for that, you just change the product key and then via add remove programs in the control panel you add the features you need.

Anytime upgrade is available in different places, like in Windows upgrade, or the control panel.
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pgm554Author Commented:
I saw that out on the net.

So just a new product key should work?

I was a bit concerned as M$ sent me a W8 upgrade for W7 ,but no media and it seemed to me that it was wait for a download and if it breaks ,tuff luck.

Thought the W7 upgrade might work the same way.
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rindiCommented:
The product key is all you need. Windows 7 uses the same base for all it's versions except the enterprise version (that one you'd have to install). So all you need to do is enter the new product key.

One thing though, If you have the 32 bit version installed now, and want to upgrade to a 64bit version, then you need to do a fresh install. In that case you can probably use the PC's factory restore option and select whether you want the 32 bit or 64 bit version of the OS. Once that is done enter the upgrade product key.
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aadihCommented:
Yes.  A new product key (for pro) will work.  :-)
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sanjayrajtCommented:
Hi,

I am already upgraded home basic to ultimate.First do one thing back up all your data.
Control Panel\System and Security\System particular page you can see upgrade type new key .it will automatically start upgrade .system will several times on and off.upgrade time depending up on your internet speed and system performances.i did it half an hour.

Thank you
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marsiliesCommented:
I'm pretty sure that in order to use Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade, you need an Anytime Upgrade key. An OEM key will not work for Anytime Upgrade.

If you need to re-install Windows 7 on a PC that used Windows Anytime Upgrade, you'll need to do it in two steps. First, you'll have to reinstall the edition that was originally on the PC and activate it, then you'll have to use the Anytime Upgrade process again.


For the Windows 8 download, you can choose to download an ISO file, which can be burned to disc or copied to a flash drive, in case of re-installation either.
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/quick-tip-download-a-new-copy-of-the-windows-8-upgrade-iso/
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rindiCommented:
OEM is anytime upgradable, but the upgrade will stay OEM.
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aadihCommented:
rindi is correct, I can say, having done just that.
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marsiliesCommented:
You can use Anytime Upgrade on an existing OEM install, but you can't use an OEM key to run Anytime Upgrade.

For example, the OP presumably has an OEM copy of Windows 7 Home installed. An Anytime Upgrade key can be used on it to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro. However, the OP already has an OEM key of Windows 7 Pro, but that cannot be used to run the Anytime Upgrade.
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rindiCommented:
That isn't the point. As he has to pay for the anytime upgrade and he'll get a key anyway, there is no need to use the key of the DVD he already has. That copy he can use for another PC, or he could sell it.
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marsiliesCommented:
@rindi I think we're in agreement. The OP should purchase and use Anytime Upgrade, and keep the disc/key of Windows 7 Pro OEM for use on some other PC.
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pgm554Author Commented:
Took about 45 minutes with a pretty fast connection.
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aadihCommented:
Great. You got the upgrade done. :-)
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