upgrade windows 7 home to windows 7 pro

we are putting in a windows 2012 server and there are 5 machines with windows 7 home - we need pro to connect to the domain

 we cant upgrade to windows 7 pro on line any more but we don't want to go to windows 8 or 10

 we will order the windows 10 pro licenses and downgrade to windows 7 pro but can we use that key to upgrade from 7 home to pro?  we are looking for the simplest way to do this.  we don't want to reinstall everything
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think you are correct you cannot upgrade to Windows 7 Pro any more. Call Microsoft Store support, explain what you want and see if they can help.

If not, you need Windows 10 Pro and will have to license it and reinstall the 5 machines.

Windows 10 Pro will work with your servers - I use it now.

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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
No.  You can't use that key.  As you cannot upgrade online anymore, your only option is to backup the data and perform a clean install.
bswiAuthor Commented:
@ Scott - that is what I was afraid of
@ john - we are not going 8 for sure and not 10 until first service pack is out

we will buy windows 10 and downgrade so we are legal but there has to be a better way
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"we don't want to go to windows 8 or 10"
Unfortunately that is your only choice.

"we will buy windows 10 and downgrade so we are legal but there has to be a better way"
MS has made your situation helpless at present anyway...
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 10 will not have service packs. Windows 10 is working great for my business consulting on all servers.

Windows 8.1 works fine as well (I used it), but there is no point in Windows 8.1 now that Windows 10 is out. No need to wait as it works well with servers and all modern software.

You can downgrade to Windows 7 Pro but again, no point.
"Windows 10 will not have service packs"
Really !?
MS always supply service packs...
Just why and when did MS concede defeat to service packs as being the only way to correct MS OS bugs?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Service packs stopped with Windows 7.

There was Windows 8. Then Windows 8.1 was a new and separately installable operating system.

Windows 10 has moved (reverted to?) "Rollups" . That is how Windows 10 will be delivered in future.
Service packs have been renamed to Service Releases
Windows 10 ( Service pack 1 ) Service Release 1 has been well ... released as Windows 10 SR1.
It is still a service pack but just renamed or is it?
"Say goodbye to the occasional “service pack” updates of yesteryear and hello to a continually updated operating system that gets features and improvements as they become available."
I still consider the updates as partial Service packs, but on a more regular and timely basis, thus be split up into manageable downloads which will also ask /force you to reboot more often...  

Read more here:
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The language has changed. I have all rollups in place (2 at this point if I recall correctly) and It is still build 10240 - the original build.

New builds will come out, but my expectation is that new build will be separately installable like Windows 8.1 was. There were no Service Packs for Windows 8.1

"Service Packs" are not (never were) separately installable.
"Build" are separately installable.

Whatever, Windows 10 is good to go now.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Ok. Here's a suggestion.

You haven't specifically said why you won't go with Windows 8.1.  I'm assuming it's the interface.

You can get around this by a simple add-on to bring back the interface you are comfortable with.

Two good options:


Classic Shell

The first one is a small charge, the second is free.

Once you install one of these, you won't know you are on Windows 8/8.1 or even 10.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
My answer http:#a41059890  and the answer http:#a41059891  are the answers here.
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