Anytime upgrade not accepting academic key?

I just purchased a system today from the local store, and it came with windows 7 home premium (64). I have a cd for windows 7 professional (64) that I got through my college.

However, when I went to use the dvd to upgrade from windows 7 premium to professional it told me to use Windows Anytime Upgrade. But, when I do that and choose, "I have a key", then enter the key I have, it runs a bit and comes back with an error telling me that the key I have cannot be used for Anytime Upgrade... ? Why not? And if it can't then why can't I just do an upgrade from the cd? I know the key is valid, I got it from my college MSDNAA site.

And, yes, I have verified that I am typing the key correctly. I even tried copy and paste, but still no go.

What am I doing wrong, and what can I do to upgrade my Windows 7 home premium 64 to Windows 7 professional 64?

Thank you for any help and your time!

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Last updated March 20, 2018 Views 1,436 Applies to:
Just got off the phone with customer service. They said that the MSDNAA key is an Enterprise key and that I would not be able to upgrade using WAU with it. They did give me the number for MSDNAA help, they are only open M-F, though.

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