How to Upgrade From Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate

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How to Upgrade From Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate
Get missing Windows 7 features by upgrading your copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. (Matt Stroshane/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Windows 7 is available in several different versions, each of which includes different features targeted at different types of users. Windows 7 Home Premium is ideal for the typical computer user and her home computer. However, Home Premium does not include every feature that Windows 7 has to offer. If you find that some tasks exist that you can't perform with Home Premium, you may want to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. Microsoft includes a feature in Windows 7 Home Premium that makes upgrading a simple task.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click "Start" at the bottom left corner of the screen, then click "All Programs."

  2. 2

    Scroll to "Windows Anytime Upgrade" and click it.

  3. 3

    Click "Go online to choose the edition of Windows 7 that's best for you."

  4. 4

    Click the green "Buy" button under "Ultimate."

  5. 5

    Type your billing and payment information into the requested fields on-screen, then follow the prompts, making sure to print out the upgrade key you receive at the end of the process.

  6. 6

    Click "Start," then "All Programs" again and choose "Windows Anytime Upgrade."

  7. 7

    Click "Enter an Upgrade Key" and type in your upgrade key to unlock the Windows 7 Ultimate features.

Tips and warnings

  • Upgrading from Home Premium to Ultimate doesn't require any installations. The Ultimate features are simply unlocked once you have entered your upgrade key.

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