Windows 7 upgrades

I just got a pair of HP G62-227CL computers with Windows 7 Home Premium installed.  I'm thinking of upgrading one to Windows 7 Pro and the other to Windows 8.1 Pro if I can afford it.  Amazon has a copy of Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade for $399.99 which seems a little high to me.  I don't see anywhere on the Microsoft web site that gives a price or availability for either of these upgrades.  So I'm looking for suggestions and recommendations.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am not sure in Anytime Upgrade continues to work for Windows 7 (it works for Windows 8). If it does work, the upgrade from Home to Pro is not $400.  I think Amazon may be trying to sell a Full Ultimate License.  Try the Anytime Upgrade to see.

If you should have to buy a license (a) consider moving both machines to Windows 8.1 and (b) look at Software King. I have used them before.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I'm trying to set these up as part of my collection of different versions of Windows which is why I don't want them to be the same.  I want Windows Pro so I can setup IIS on them.  I can get a complete machine with Win7 Pro from Dell for about $250 last time I checked.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
A $250 Dell machine is likely a consumer machine with a 2 or 3 year life span - something to consider. If the machine you are upgrading is better / commercial, you might choose the upgrade path.

I use VMware Workstation to do what you and that is another possibility for you. Virtual Machines never wear out if treated well.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I'm looking for the 'inexpensive' path.  I have paid only $100 for the two machines because my client didn't want them around anymore.  The Dell machines are returned from lease and refurbished.  As for '2 or 3 year life span', all I have is 'consumer' machines and none are that new.  This one that I am typing on is from 2006.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Refurbished machines can be a good deal. I guess it depends how long you want the operating systems. Some of my virtual machines are near a decade old and work fine.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I have real machines up to 20 years old that are working fine.  Some are even making me money still.  But the oldest ones do not get daily use.  They only get turned on when money calls or there is a question to be answered.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
So then the refurbished idea should work for you as economical refurbished machines with the OS license you want can be cheaper than licensing.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I'm waiting a couple of days on this.  I have to make sure the client was able to successfully transfer a bunch of pics to a couple of MacBook Air machines.  Then I'll do a factory restore to the machines and go from there.  Then I will at least have a couple Windows 7 Home Premium machines.  If I can't upgrade them and put IIS on them, I'll put something like WAMP and XAMPP on them to run PHP and MySQL.  They will still be newer than any other computers that I have.
jcimarronCommented:
Dave Baldwin--
Why would you want to update to Win 7 and Win 8.1 Pro when you will be able to update to Win 10 Home or Pro for free in less than two months?
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2873214/windows-10-will-be-a-free-upgrade-for-windows-7-and-8-users.html#tk.nl_pcwbest

The link to your page on E-E Members is not working on my PC.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/members/DaveBaldwin.html
I have no problems with other member's page.

Have you blocked me?
rindiCommented:
Windows anytime upgrade was discontinued by m$ a couple of years ago, so you won't be able to find any official price for it. Maybe the version you saw was for more than one PC? It used to be much less expensive when it was still available.

Otherwise I agree with the above, why upgrade to Windows 8.1 if Windows 10 will be available for free as an upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 for an year's time?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I haven't blocked anyone.  I get an error message also.  E-E seems to be having some problems in the last couple of days.

I want Windows 7 and 8 Pro because I don't have them.  My 'newest' Windows is Vista.  I am not at all anxious to have the "latest and greatest".
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I finally found a price for Win 8.1 Pro and it is $199.99 from both Microsoft store and Fry's.  I'll run the upgrade test software before I buy anything.  I'll probably have to go to eBay to find a Win 7 Pro upgrade.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I now have two HP G62 laptops that have been 'factory restored' and updated to Win 7 Home Prmium SP1 though one of the computers made me find a FixIt to get that done.  I found this item on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Professional-PRO-64-Bit-Full-Version-Upgrade-SP-1-NEW-/371246306496?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item56700114c0 and it looks like I could use it to upgrade to Win 7 Pro.  Is that the right or good item?

I haven't gotten to the Windows 8 test program yet.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I tried to install IE11 only to find out that after I installed SP1, I had 213 updates to install today.  So that's where I'm at now.  They're about 2/3s done.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
The two computers are now up to date.  It looks like I don't need to upgrade them for things I want to do with them.  I thought IIS was only available with Win 7 Pro but it is available with Win 7 Home Premium that is on these computers.  So I'll put IIS on one and probably WAMP on the other.  Since I do mostly PHP, this will allow me to run newer versions than I can on XP, CentOS 6.6, and Ubuntu 10.04.
KimputerCommented:
I assume the 10 concurrent connections limitations in IIS7 for Win7 (either versions) isn't a problem for you then?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
It shouldn't be here in my "lab" where it's just me and 32 computers.  I normally have no more than 6 on at a time.  IIS5.1 on XP seems to work fine here.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the information.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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