Tuesday, June 29, 2010

U.S. Windows Anytime Upgrade Expires July 3, 2010

The Windows Anytime Upgrade (WAU) program in the U.S. will expire on Saturday, July 3, 2010.

In the event you purchased (or are about to purchase within the next few days) a new computer with a lower version of Windows 7, you can upgrade as follows:
  • Windows 7 Starter -> Windows 7 Home Premium for $49.99, saving $30.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium -> Windows 7 Professional for $79.99, saving $10.
The step-by-step process of upgrading from a lower edition of Windows 7 to a higher edition provided by the Windows Team Blog is follows:


When a customer launches Windows Anytime Upgrade (WAU) from Windows 7, they are presented with 2 options: purchase a WAU product key online or enter a WAU product key from a WAU retail package purchased in a store.

If a customer has a WAU product key, they will choose "Enter an upgrade key" to proceed with the upgrade.


Customer will enter their WAU product key.


The WAU product key the customer entered will be verified as valid.

NOTE: Step 2 and 3 do not happen for people who choose to purchase a WUA product key online. The process of buying a WUA product key automates these 2 steps and takes you directly to Step 4 after the purchase. After making a WUA purchase online, you are given the ability to print out a receipt and are also sent a copy via email.


Customer will accept license terms to proceed.


Customer will be asked to save their work and close all programs. To proceed, the customer will click the "Upgrade" button.


The upgrade takes place! The customer's PC will reboot.


The upgrade finishes and the customer is now running the version of Windows 7 they upgraded to with all its features!


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