Upgrading to Windows 7 Ultimate

Hi,
  I have some Windows 7 Professional, some Windows 7 Home, one Windows 7 Starter (whatever this is) computers that I need to upgrade all of these PCs to Windows 7 Ultimate.
 
  That said  I like to hear from experts who had upgraded Win7 Pro/Home/Starter to Windows 7 Ultimate. I MUST KEEP ALL EXISTING APPs (such as Word/Excel .. Quickbooks along with files & documents on the C drive) when migrating to Win7 Ultimate.

  (1) In choosing Windws 7 Ultimate Full version vs Upgrade version: I would imagine Full is more expensive than Upgrade. However would both versions give me an option to keep existing apps and files?
  (2) If I buy Upgrade version and I happen to replace the hard drive, when I put in Upgrade version and start the computer, what happens? Will it ask me to insert previous operating system?
 (3) Will either Full or Upgrade version of Win7 Ultimate work on Win7 Pro/Home/Starter?
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aadihConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The best way to do this was through Windows Anytime Upgrade, which, I understand, Microsoft does not allow any more.

You may like to move on to Windows 8 (8.1) if your hardware allows.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@aadih
Windows 8 or even 8.1 is not an option at this point. I am, as an IT person, struggling to get myself familiar with OS. I can't imagine what would happen to the users if I give them Win 8.1. I want to live my life...

I prefer to have a physical install CD/DVD.
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aadihCommented:
With classic shell, one could have a Windows 7 (or XP) like start menu and avoid the infamous Metro Screen. Not too much to learn.

I do understand, however, that users (customers) are the 'king.'

Physical install DVD (USB) is not a problem, as it can be had at the time of Windows 8 install.

The point is: Why spend ' new' money on an 'old' system?
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BobintheNocConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Agreed on the Windows Anytime Upgradability, everything remains exactly the same, you just get the enhancements of Ultimate without disturbing your setup.   It's the dream that we've wanted in IT.

Otherwise, if you use the Ultimate CD and key, it's more or less like a repair installation and you may have to reinstall various updates/patches.

The anytime method simply allows you to change your your installation key, which then modiffies your startup graphics and downloads the pieces of your choosing, and BAM, you're done.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@BobintheNoc
Have you personally used Anytime Upgrade?
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Anytime UpgradeBTW I just followed the link on MS website for Anytime Upgrade and saw this:
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BobintheNocConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Interesting.   Yes, I've recently done many anytime upgrades.  I'm n sure about the purchasing options, but what I do, is take my Pro or Home PCs, then goto the activation page, specifiy a new key and enter my ultimate key.  Initially, I had no idea it was called anytime--was simply changing the key.  I'd guess that method still works (about 1 month ago was last time I did it).
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aadihCommented:
As I said, I believe, Microsoft does not support Windows Anytime Upgrade now. Hence the message you received. :-(
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
On my Windows 7 Pro system, I can enter a new Key (which I would have to purchase) but trying to go Online yields the message sglee gets. I am in North America.

@sglee: You will probably have to purchase the upgrades you need from an online source like Software King (which I have used). I don't think Digital River is readily available any more.

To the points raised above, I use Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and it works and functions just like Windows 7 with no added purchased software.

..... Thinkpads_User
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@Thinkpad
I found this shop online:
http://www.discountmountainsoftware.com/miwi7ulanupf.html?cmp=gpl&utm_source=googlepla&utm_medium=cse&utm_term=Microsoft+Windows+7+Ultimate+Anytime+Upgrade+-+32/64+Bit+(from+Windows+7+Home+Premium)+DOWNLOAD+ONLY&utm_campaign=googlepla&gclid=CPCRk8L7rbwCFREaOgodDFIAIA

They say that they sell "Win7 Anytime Upgrade 32/64bit" thru the link. I will have to call them tomorrow to confirm it, but if MS stopped doing it, how can they provide the link?
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aadihCommented:
How old is the link?
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
today
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aadihCommented:
[T]oday. ~sglee

Thanks. You will find out tomorrow, then. :-)
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If they are still selling Windows 7 they will provide a Key. Ask them also for a download link for the ISO file.

Software King does not sell all versions, but they do supply Keys and download links.

.... Thinkpads_User
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Anytime Upgrade 1Anytime Upgrade 2I spoke to discountmountainsoftware.com this morning and they said that they can still sell me the key code even if Microsoft Stopped selling them. As seen above screenshots, I just need to choose "Enter an upgrade key" option and enter they key that they will send me after I make the purchase.


Will this upgrade work for Windows 7 Starter OS too?
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aadihConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Great. If the Windows Anytime Upgrade is working for you, all you need is a key or keys.

Yes (to your Starter-version question).
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Once I upgrade these computers to Win7 Ultimate, I would need a recovery CD in case I need to restore OS from the USB backup drive. But I would not have a physical CD to start the computer with.
Can I created a Win7 Ultimate Recovery CD from Win7 Ultimate OS once installed?
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aadihConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The instructions for creating a Windows 7 'repair disk' can be found at:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2083-system-repair-disc-create.html >

It's a great tutorial with images.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I think that will work. Thank you.
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aadihCommented:
I wanted to add: As for recovery disks, you may have to depend upon creating images.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
When I do a windows backup, I include "system image".  Thanks for the reminder.
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