Domain join, backup data to home/business network, Windows XP Mode are some of the features that differentiate Professional edition from the Home Premium edition. Many Home Premium edition users are upgrading to the Professional edition to get some of the advanced features available in Windows 7 Pro edition.
Users who would like to upgrade their Home Premium edition to Professional can use the Windows Anytime Upgrade feature. Using this feature, you can easily upgrade to a higher edition without loosing your data and installed programs.
In this guide, we will show you how to upgrade your Windows 7 Home Premium edition to Professional.
Note: You can also use this procedure to upgrade from Home Premium to Ultimate edition.
1. Open System Properties by right-clicking on Computer icon and then selecting Properties option. You can also launch System Properties by pressing Windows + Pause/Break hotkey.
2. In the System Properties, click on the option named Get more features with a new edition of Windows 7 to launch Windows Anytime Upgrade wizard.
3. In the window, you will have two options:
# Go online to choose the edition of Windows that’s best for you
# Enter an upgrade key
The first option displays the upgrade price for Professional and Ultimate editions with their features. You can also purchase the upgrade license here. Use the second option if you own an upgrade license for Professional or Ultimate edition.
In this guide, we choose the second option (Enter an upgrade key) as we have an upgrade key for Windows 7 Professional edition. If you have Ultimate edition upgrade license, simply enter the key to upgrade to Ultimate edition.
Please note that Windows Anytime Upgrade key is different from product key.
4. Click Next button to allow Windows Anytime Upgrade to verify the entered key. Verification should be done within a few seconds.
5. If the key is genuine, you will be asked to accept the license agreement. Click on I accept button and then Upgrade button to continue. If you have any running applications you will be asked to save your work and close all running programs.
6. Wait for a while and let the Windows complete the upgrade process. You are done! You have just upgraded Windows 7 Home Premium edition to Professional.