- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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- ASIN: B002JZ1QWA
- Item model number: 39C-00040
- Date first available at Amazon.com: June 29, 2009
- Average Customer Review: 114 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,578 in Software (See Top 100 in Software) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade [Home Premium to Ultimate] (Old Version)
- Move up to Windows 7 Ultimate from Windows 7 Home Premium with Windows Anytime Upgrade
- Work in the language of your choice and switch between any of 35 languages
- Help protect data on your PC and portable storage devices against loss or theft with BitLocker
- In addition to full-system Backup and Restore found in all editions, you can back up to a home or business network
- Connect to company networks easily and more securely with Domain Join
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Windows 7 Ultimate gives you everything Home Premium and Professional offers – plus added security features and the flexibility to work in multiple languages. Create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos and music. You can even watch TV programs for free, whenever and wherever you want.
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Well, if you were previously like me, having a Win 7 Home Premium O/S, hesistant about spending an extra US$129.99 (as at the time of writing) for an O/S upgrade, there are a couple of things you might want to know before taking the plunge.
My Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q898 laptop (also bought from Amazon) came pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. Unless you require practical features such as Bitlocker, XP Mode and the ability to use other languages for your O/S, the Ultimate edition is an overkill for the typical consumer. Well, as for "intangible" benefits, running Win 7 Ultimate comes with bragging rights too... ;) hee hee
This product will only upgrade Win 7 Home Premium 32 Bit/64 Bit to Win 7 Ultimate 32Bit/64Bit respectively. It will not work with any other combination of OSes. For e.g., if you currently have Win 7 HP 32 Bit, you will only get Win 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, NOT Win 7 Ultimate 64 Bit. Another e.g., if you have Win 7 Starter, Win XP (any variant) or Vista (any variant), this product will not work.
This product does not come with any discs, neither DVD nor CD. You are actually purchasing a serial-number printed onto a little card. The card itself is enclosed in a plastic box the size of one's palm. The plastic box is itself wrapped by a cardboard sleeve. This is what one would expect to physically receive from purchasing this product.
On my system,it only took 5 mins to perform the upgrade. I attribute this to the SSD boot drive on my system. MS states that the upgrade will take 10mins. I reckon the other extra 5 mins is required for conventional systems which boot up from a non-SSD HDD. This is because your system needs to reboot a couple of times after the upgrade is performed.
The actual upgrade from Home Premium to Ultimate is the easy (as a,b,c) part. All you have to do is to follow a couple of instructions printed on the other side of the serial number card and key in the said number. You will unlock the Bitlocker and multiple languages features this way.
The latter requires an additional optional download for your choice of extra language packs from MS Windows Update.
Need to spell "gravlaks" or "krabbelag" in Norwegian? Well, now you know what's been missing from your current OS installation. ;)
However, getting the XP mode upgrade feature requires one to be more IT savy. Firstly, your processor must support Intel virtualization technology. You must also enable this in your BIOS. Next, you have to download 3 other files (of which 1 was and still is 500mb!!! in size) from MS Windows Update website. Getting the XP mode to work after you've done all the above requires one to Google for even more detailed instructions. So, be prepared to jump through a couple of hoops before you can actually run your older (non Win 7) programs under XP mode.
Keying in the upgrade key will require an additional 10 GB of space as extra features are unlocked.
Installing the XP mode requires an additional 1 GB of HD space.
Actually using the XP mode may require up to an additional 15GB space.
So if you cannot spare an extra 26GB of space on your HDD, you might have to reconsider purchasing this upgrade.
Amazon sells this for US$10 less than that at MS' online store. With super saver shipping thrown in, what are you waiting for?
After reading all the above details, I'm sure that you can now appreciate why I've chosen the "(ALMOST) As Easy as A, B, C" title for the name of my review. :)
P.S. Norwegian "gravlaks" or "krabbelag" are not included. :)
Other than this issue, the update process was quick and painless. It seemed to take less time than installing a regular software program since it didn't have to load off the CD and do a lot of registry changing.
Ultimate itself with the XP mode seems a good upgrade for me. A few hardware items and some software just doesn't work with Win 7. Plus I needed encryption for some files. While I use some third party encryption, it's just easier for some files if the OS does it without having to log into another software. Some of the other differences between Ultimate and Professional aren't relevant to me, so Professional was probably a better match.
3/28/11 Additional note: Found a website that says the TPM chip not only handles the encryption key, it actually does the encrypting and decrypting activity so that the CPU does not have to. When using a USB drive for the key, the CPU does the encrypting/decrypting which reduces performance.
The code was registered successfully on a laptop while overseas. More often than not, you'd be hard pressed to find personal computers sold in non-English speaking countries with an English language OS.
To be clear - The code was purchased on Amazon while within the United States. -> Upgraded on a machine while traveling overseas.
I was unsure if Amazon Digital Services purchases are restricted to being transacted while in the United States. I was also unsure of Microsoft's policy of these code upgrades. Windows needs online server access to register and validate the upgrade. A few months ago, I had contacted Amazon customer service about the availability of Amazon Digital Services while being located in foreign countries. They responded by telling me that such services are only available to customers with a U.S. residence. They weren't much help - logic tells me that it should transact. I couldn't get a straight answer.
Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade has been running very stable on my laptop. It's been over a week of heavy usage - no issues.
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