When Windows Anytime Upgrade fails (Windows 7)


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If you have never heard of the Windows Anytime Upgrade before (probably because you have never tried to upgrade your version of Windows 7 to a higher one, e.g. Starter to Home Premium or Home Premium to Ultimate etc), then this is a good time to learn the basics of Windows Upgrade.

Windows 7 comes in different flavors (in order of increasing features)– Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate. The table below shows a quick view of the difference in characteristics of these various versions.

Version Starter Home Premium Professional Ultimate
Windows XP Mode

X

X

Thumbs up

Thumbs up

Domain join

X

X

Thumbs up

Thumbs up

Backup to network

X

X

Thumbs up

Thumbs up

BitLocker

X

X

X

Thumbs up

Language of Choice

X

X

X

Thumbs up

Windows Upgrade is a very easy way to upgrade Windows 7 from one version to another. All it requires is a key (called the Windows Anytime upgrade key). If you use a netbook like me (I use the HP Mini 110-3700 mostly bundled with Windows Starter), Anytime Upgrade is for you.

I don’t need to go through the simple process of performing an Anytime Upgrade. You can just type “Anytime Upgrade” (without quotes) in the search bar and follow the prompts as required. What I’m interested in is  this, What are the steps you should take when it fails? It happened to me, and it wasn’t really interesting.

The Challenge

Upgrade fails even after entering the correct upgrade key

The Action Plan

Microsoft released a Knowledge Base article on this, so I may not necessarily go into the details.

If you enabled windows update (most likely by default), then most probably your PC has automatically installed the Windows SP1 upgrade. This installed package is usually the trouble, since it is not compatible with windows anytime upgrade (It is like trying to take a left turn on a junction you’ve already passed when you had taken right. You have to go back to the junction and take the left turn, right?)

To uninstall the Service Pack (SP1), microsoft has provided a tool – The Deployment Image servicing and management tool, DISM. Information about this tool can be found in the DISM article on the microsoft website.

So that I don’t bug you with the details, just run command prompt (cmd.exe) and type

dism.exe /online /remove-package /packagename: Package_for_KB976932~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.1.1.17514

for 64-bit Windows 7; and

dism.exe /online /remove-package /packagename:Package_for_KB976932~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.1.1.17514

for 32-bit version.

And in case you discover (by whatever means) that you also have Windows 7 SP1 Beta, run the same command also, but replace the 6.1.1.17514 with 6.1.1.17105

Please leave your comments below. They surely would be appreciated.

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12 thoughts on “When Windows Anytime Upgrade fails (Windows 7)

  1. Microsoft FPP Product keys are sensitive case, Because Microsoft provide it for only one system at the same time, I was need the windows 7 key for my laptop to upgrade from home premium to professional, So I contact to Microsoft but they denied to give me a sigle fpp key, So I searched all over the world to purchase it.
    Recently, I ordered at a site from India, They provided me 3 windows 7 pro oem keys with their stickers and 2 windows 8.1 pro oem keys, Which is legal and working good. I’m happy after getting so cheap oem license.
    You can also get an unused Windows 7(any version)8, 8.1 pro License key from: ODosta Store
    Otherwise, FPP keys are very costly, Usually it come with full package with DVD media, So I suggest to buy oem keys, Which has branded from Dell, Hp, Lenovo etc, As its mean “Original Equipment Manufaturer”.

  2. Microsoft Product keys are sensitive case, Because Microsoft provide it for only one system at the same time, I was need the windows 7 key for my laptop to upgrade from home premium to professional, So I contact to Microsoft but they denied to give me a key, So I search all over the world to purchase it.
    Recently, I ordered at a site from India, They provided me 3 windows 7 pro key sticker and 2 windows 8.1 pro keys, Which is legal and working good. I’m happy after getting so cheap license.
    You can also get an unused Windows 7(any version)8, 8.1 pro License key from: ODosta Store
    I want to buy another, But Now Please tell me, If can I use my windows 8.1 professional product key at my existing windows 8.1 standard KMS Activated License, being upgrade it.

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