upgrade windows 7 professional to ultimate (to use bit locker)

I wish to use Bit Locker to encrypt my work station hard drives, but am told that they must be upgraded to Enterprise or Ultimate before this will work. Then I see no "upgrade" is available and I must do a clean install of the new OS I choose. This would cause the loss of all my software. Is there any other solution to obtain bitlocker?
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becraigCommented:
I cannot see why you cannot:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd772579%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

The link above indicates you can go from pro to ultimate.
The sole constraint being a move from 32 - 64 bit (is that the case here ?)
If not then the following steps should work for you:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/videos/upgrade-to-another-edition-of-windows-7-by-using-windows-anytime-upgrade
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Tyler VerkadeCommented:
Windows Anytime Upgrade should definitely allow you to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. I performed the exact upgrade about a week ago for one of my clients, and it worked perfectly. They also needed to use BitLocker, and the Anytime Upgrade was the simplest solution.
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djflAuthor Commented:
Was the client base on a closed LAN, with no internet capability?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Keep in mind, if you don't have a TPM chip in the workstation, bitlocker can be cumbersome to use as you'll need a startup key (USB flash drive, typically).
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Shahnawaz AhmedTechnical Services SpecialistCommented:
Dear DJFL,

Your question would have been discussed in EE at below post. Please go through once it will help and guide you how to upgrade to ULTIMATE and will open other options. Perhaps the best alternative to BitLocker would be the TrueCrypt freeware solution:

http://www.truecrypt.org/

http://www.howtogeek.com/108501/the-how-to-geek-guide-to-getting-started-with-truecrypt/

Expert Exchange Link - http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_27801094.html
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Tyler VerkadeCommented:
Actually, I would not recommend using TrueCrypt. On the 28th of May, 2014 the TrueCrypt project was discontinued due to several security flaws that were discovered.
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Shahnawaz AhmedTechnical Services SpecialistCommented:
Is that so?? I did know that Tyler.. Thanks for update.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
@Shahnawaz Ahmed
You do realize that TrueCrypt ceased development 2 months ago - their web site - your first link - explains that people should use Bitlocker.
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djflAuthor Commented:
True Crypt was not an option because the support
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Shahnawaz AhmedTechnical Services SpecialistCommented:
@Lee W, MVP

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becraigCommented:
As to your earlier question:
Was the client base on a closed LAN, with no internet capability?

Yes simply go out and buy the key as the upgrade is key based, launch the anytime upgrade on the pc and complete.
Once you restart you should be good to go.
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djflAuthor Commented:
I will attempt to purchase an Ultimate key... will keep you posted.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
It just occurred to me - How many machines?  You should likely be getting a Volume License for Windows 8.1 Enterprise - then you get the media and keys for Windows 7 Enterprise which you can use if you don't want to upgrade to 8.1.  Further, the license becomes transferable (you just need to order future workstations with Pro).
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djflAuthor Commented:
I appreciate the advice on upgrades, now I will need to pursue the company funds. Thank You
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