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Windows Anytime Upgrade

Is there a life cycle date, announcement, or press release when MS sales stops selling products or upgrades?  I'm specifically having a problem with the Anytime Upgrades.

I'm installing two brand new OEM systems running Windows 7  in an environment that is not fully ready for Windows 8.  I need Windows 7 Anytime Upgrades to get additional security and features.

The Windows Anytime Upgrade dialog box reports: "Windows Anytime Upgrade is not longer available for online purchase."

Details: "We're sorry, Windows Anytime Upgrade is no longer available for online purchase in your country or region. To buy Windows and move up to an edition of Windows 8 with more features, visit your local retail store or visit us at Windows Online."

I called Microsoft sales and spoke to at least three different individuals. I reached a tech who offered to help me activate a third-party upgrade if it did not activate easily.

MS operating systems are documented with a very detailed Life Cycle for patches and retirement per development and support.  As far as I can see Sales is unaccountable a similar standard.

In short, I'd like to get the life cycle documentation for Microsoft Sales.

I think I solved my current issue with a third-party upgrade package, but that's coming on physical media.
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aadihCommented:
Sorry, the Windows Anytime Upgrade feature for Windows 7 is discontinued.
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kengregAuthor Commented:
Yes, it's discontinued, but I can't forward this thread to the purchasing department. Nor can I forward audio files of my phone conversations with Microsoft. Those sources are unauthoratative. For this issue and all future MS sales issues, how can I provide management professionals and purchasing professionals in the supply chain with accurate and authoratative documentation?
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aadihCommented:
Sorry. I don't know.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try this Microsoft Support Article that indicates the limitation of Window 7 Anytime Upgrade. It is only available in some regions and not available for some editions like Pro to Ultimate.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/windows-anytime-upgrade-faq#1TC=windows-7

.... Thinkpads_User
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kengregAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the additional info Thinkpads_User.

The FAQ is in the present tense. Under my logic Microsoft should have retired or modified that FAQ when the service stopped in the United States.

I'm guessing there is at least one MS employee or contractor skilled in KB documentation who could be transferred to sales documentation with marginal impact to shareholders.  Just a guess.

I'll award points all around.
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kengregAuthor Commented:
FYI, I meet the requirements.  I'm in the United States and I want to upgrade from Pro to Ultimate.

My machines are from one of the top three OEMs and were purchased for US delivery.

It's still not clear what's going on.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The article speaks about not being able to upgrade a volume license. OEM is not exactly volume but it has some similar characteristics. I wonder if that is what is blocking you. I suggest going back to Microsoft again to see if they can provide further assistance.

Thank you for the update.

... Thinkpads_User
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kengregAuthor Commented:
FYI, we received the boxed copies of Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade from an online store.  I used the product keys and activation was flawless.  No problems.

We would have saved time if MS still allowed Anytime Upgrade to connect to the MS store from the Control Panel.

In general, if users want to purchase Windows 7 they should do it somewhat quickly.  If users want to upgrade to Ultimate they should acquire boxed copies before they stop selling.
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