windows anytime upgrade


  • I'm trying to upgrade from windows home preimum 7 to professional7 and is says "upgrade was no successful. please try again"
    Monday, October 17, 2011 11:55 PM


  • Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade fails

    A) If Anytime Upgrade fails: Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor:


    B) If Internet Explorer is not set as your default web browser,
    you need make it so and then try the Anytime Upgrade.


    C) Shutdown and start your computer again.

    1) Run the System Readyness tool - Method #2 (Download and run the tool: "Checksur.exe")
    (System resources, such as file data, registry data, and even in-memory data, can develop inconsistencies during the lifetime of the operating system. The System Update Readiness Tool tries to resolve these inconsistencies.)

    2) Disable any security software before attempting to upgrade

    3) Disconnect any unneccesarry external devices.


    D) If Anytime Upgrade still fails, disable User Account Control:

    1. Go to User Accounts in Control Panel

    2. Change User Account Control Settings

    3. Pull the Slider down to lowest level possible

    4. Reboot the computer

    5. Try the "Anytime Upgrade" process again

    To start the upgrade process:
    Click Start/Search and enter the words:   Anytime upgrade
    Next in the list of displayed results, click on 'Windows Anytime Upgrade'.
    Then follow the anytime upgrade screen prompts.
    Basically all you need to do is enter the Windows 7 upgrade product key.

    Alternate Method:
    Start/Control Panel/Small icons option (located in upper right)/Click on the 'Windows Anytime Upgrade' icon.


    E) If it still continues to fail, then try the following 3 Methods:
    Method #1
    1) Run Chkdsk and see if it helps.
    Click Start / Type: CMD, and right click on  'CMD' and select 'Run as Administrator'
    At the Command Prompt, type: chkdsk  /f  /r
    Restart your system, your computer's hard drive will be scanned for errors and attempts will be made to correct them.

    2) Run Memory Diagnostics to check for issues with the system hardware. Type Memory in start search and hit Enter to open Open Memory Diagnostics Tool. Click Restart Now and Check Problems. Your computer will restart  & the diagnostic program will start. Please note any reported errors.

    Method #2
    1. Click Start, enter: "msconfig" (without the quotes) in box, and then press the 'ENTER' key.

    User Account Control permissions: If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

    2. On the General tab, click Selective Startup.

    3. Under 'Selective Startup', click to clear the 'Load Startup Items' check box.

    4. Click the 'Services' tab, click to select the 'Hide All Microsoft Services check box', and then click Disable All.

    5. Click 'OK'.

    6. When you are prompted, click 'Restart'.

    7. After the computer restarts, check whether the problem is resolved.

    Method #3
    If your key is invalid and you need to change the keys you may have to open regedit and deleting the ProductKey value in the following registry key first:



    ----------------  Anytime Upgrade may not work for all version of Windows  ---------------------

    Note: Retail "Full" or "Upgrade" product keys will work when using the Anytime Upgrade feature.
    The Anytime Upgrade "May"  not work (check with the computer manufacture's support team) for users who have OEM and or System Builders product Keys, this also applies to VL (Volume License), MSDNAA or Academic product Keys it will not work with Anytime Upgrade. KMS users should consult with your administrator prior to attempting to perform an Anytime Upgrade.

    J W Stuart:

    Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 12:02 AM