upgrading windows 7,trying to get IE 7

I just received a laptop for christmas and I found out that my job doesn't operate on IE 8 so I need to figure out how to install or get IE 7 on my laptop that runs in windows 7.  I have the home edition and it seems I need to upgrade to the professional edition to run a virtual office for IE 7.  How do I upgrade, will I pay the $199 or can I just pay the difference?  Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.  I need to figure out the cheapest and easiest way to get IE 7.   Thanks.

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Last updated May 16, 2018 Views 391 Applies to:
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Buying Anytime Upgrade To Use XP Mode
Type Anytime Upgrade in the Search programs and files box in the Start menu and click on the Windows Anytime Upgrade icon.  From there, you can buy an Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate. Then you can enter your Anytime Upgrade product key and perform a simple upgrade to Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate. All programs and files will stay on the computer.
If you are in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US you can use Anytime Upgrade. If not you will need to buy the version of Windows 7 you want.
Now that you have Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate you can download and install Windows XP Mode. XP Mode is a Virtual installation of XP that runs at 32 bit inside Windows 7. It's similar to a normal installation of XP with a few exceptions: only uses a single CPU core, only has access to USB and serial ports, DVD access is read only, limited to 16-bit graphics (3D games don't play well). 
Your computer must support virtualization. You can check if your PC hardware works with Windows XP Mode by downloading and running this tool:
XP Mode main page:
If you need to enable hardware virtualization on your computer:
1. Restart your computer and enter the BIOS settings.
2. Look for the virtualization setting in BIOS and enable it.
3. Save the BIOS settings and then restart your computer.

Have Questions About Installing Windows 7?
FAQ - Common Windows 7 Installation Questions & Answers
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