RTM Business to Ultimate - Anytime

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Brian P. Hammer, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. Do you have to purchase online or can you use the MSDN key to upgrade from
    Business to Ultimate using the Anytime Upgrade?

    Thanks,
    Brian
     
    Brian P. Hammer, Dec 14, 2006
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    Nancy Ward Guest

    Your MSDN version of Vista is only for testing purposes. You're not allowed
    to use it as your everyday operating system. However, if you have a test
    machine, you can use the MSDN copy of Vista to test other betas. Or, that's
    my understanding of the EULA.
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    Nancy Ward, Dec 14, 2006
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  3. An MSDN product key is not eligible for Anytime Upgrade. Why would you
    anyway? If you have an MSDN subscription you have access to four Vista
    product keys, one for each edition except Enterprise. Simply use the proper
    pk. Nancy has already covered the licensing restriction on MSDN licenses.
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 14, 2006
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  4. That's exactly (testing) what I am doing here.... In my question, I didn't
    say am trying to use Vista as an everyday OS. My question was to the
    feasibility to use the anytime upgrade feature to "test" it out. I have no
    issues with using my VLK to activate Vista for the licenses I have.

    In a nutshell, you are correct on the licensing. But do believe Office 2003
    (or the blue disc set) can be used for day-to-day productions enviroments.
    In my dev and test environment, I use Vista to test internal programs
    against the OS, Office and SPS. I also use it to test the "networkability"
    I am also comparing the editions for functionality and day to day use.

    Thanks,
    Brian




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    Brian P. Hammer, Dec 14, 2006
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  5. Thanks. I know and understand the licensing of MSDN. I was trying to find
    out the process for doing the anytime upgrade and thought to test it out
    using my MSDN since that is what MSDN is used for.
     
    Brian P. Hammer, Dec 14, 2006
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  6. You can do a walk through of the ordering process, but it may not possible
    to test the actual upgrade until Vista launch date.
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 14, 2006
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  7. Thanks. I did some reading on tecnet and it seems pretty straight forward
    and at a level that almost any user could complete.

    Thanks,
    Brian
     
    Brian P. Hammer, Dec 14, 2006
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    Chad Harris Guest

    I was at a MSFT meeting today where Anytime upgrade was addressed. I'll
    leave MSDN and Technet to the people who use it They both have appropriate
    contact points if you are a subscriber, and Colin has covered it.

    However otherwise, Microsoft's site will not be handling any of the anytime
    upgrade purchases according to the people who say they do the Microsoft's
    site--Microsoft. They do have and will update their information on Anytime
    upgrade. See:

    Windows Anytime Upgrade: frequently asked questions
    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/37070041-1b90-4433-be0c-ab2855841b981033.mspx

    According to MSFT this afternoon if you have an edition of Vista and want to
    get a more expensive edition, you're going to be going through

    1) The place you purchased to do this
    2) The OEM you purchased from

    They aren't going to have a site they said that will have you put in a
    credit card and get some kind of key or number to do that. It's Microsoft
    and we've all seen them change anything and everything under the sun before,
    but that was their info as of this afternoon.

    Any questions about this? Call 1-800-Microsoft and select the appropriate
    pre-purchase option.

    CH
     
    Chad Harris, Dec 14, 2006
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    Chad Harris Guest

    Also see this page and the original link on

    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/3af7e05f-4d2a-4af7-a168-9242f9093bb81033.mspx


    Windows Anytime Upgrade: frequently asked questions
    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/37070041-1b90-4433-be0c-ab2855841b981033.mspx

    From the MSFT site but as far as money transactions, they tell me those will
    happen via the original purchase site or the OEM:

    Upgrade to another edition of Windows Vista

    Applies to: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business. Which edition of Windows
    Vista am I using?
    If you want more features in Windows Vista, you can upgrade to another
    edition. You can either buy an upgrade disc at a retail store or use Windows
    Anytime Upgrade to buy the upgrade online, and then use your Windows Anytime
    Upgrade disc or the Windows installation disc to complete the process.

    You can upgrade from Windows Vista Home Basic to either Windows Vista Home
    Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate. If you have Windows Vista Business, you
    can upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate.

    If you're not sure which edition of Windows is installed on your computer,
    here's how to check:


    . Open Welcome Center by clicking the Start button , clicking Control
    Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Welcome Center.

    The edition of Windows that you are running is displayed with your computer
    details near the top of the window.


    To upgrade to another edition of Windows Vista

    1. Open Windows Anytime Upgrade by clicking the Start button , clicking
    Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Windows
    Anytime Upgrade.

    2. Follow the instructions on each page.



    When the upgrade is complete, you will have a new edition of Windows Vista
    running on your computer. To learn more about the new features that you just
    installed, read "What's new in Windows Vista" in the Welcome Center, which
    you'll see on your desktop, or search for "What's new" in Help and Support.

    See also
    Windows Anytime Upgrade: frequently asked questions

    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/37070041-1b90-4433-be0c-ab2855841b981033.mspx

    CH
     
    Chad Harris, Dec 14, 2006
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  10. Thanks Chad. I gathered that it would all be handled by third party
    providers.

    Brian
     
    Brian P. Hammer, Dec 15, 2006
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