Anytime Upgrade & keys

So I managed to upgrade from XP and kept trying to activate my key through Anytime Upgrade to no avail until I went into the System directory and used the "activate windows" prompt.

If I had, say, a Windows 7 Ultimate key, and entered it into the Anytime Upgrade prompt, would that automatically upgrade me or would I need to purchase it exclusively as an Anytime Upgrade issued key?

I am still confused about this, as that Anytime Upgrade made installation a whole lot harder than it had to be

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Last updated October 29, 2018 Views 2,330 Applies to:
Your first post is not very clear. Did you migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Premium then tried doing an anytime upgrade from Home Premium to Ultimate? Because you cannot do Product Activation through Anytime Upgrade (please try to learn the proper facets of the operating system and use the correct terminologies).

1. Anytime Upgrade is used to unlock higher editions of Windows 7, its available in editions of of Windows 7 such as Starter, Home Premium and Professional.

2. Activation authenticates your software with Microsoft as genuine and licensed for use with your machine.

If you migrated to Windows 7 Home Premium (boxed retail upgrade license) from Windows XP, then purchased a boxed retail upgrade for Windows 7 Ultimate and used the product key to do an Anytime Upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium, then the Home Premium license would be released, because the base qualifying product would still remain Windows XP.
Andre Da Costa
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT

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