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Microsoft Windows Anytime Upgrade

October 18th, 2012


If you are upgrading from a small Microsoft Windows peer to peer network (Home Network) to a dedicated Microsoft Windows Server based network you are likely encounter some compatibility and connectivity problems if you are still running Microsoft Windows Home or Home Premium.


This is because Microsoft Windows Home operating system isn’t designed for a Microsoft Windows Server environment and the cost of the Microsoft Windows Home operating system is reflected in the price of the computer or laptop at the time of purchase.


Generally when comparing the price of new computers or laptops, you will generally see that machines with Home versions of Microsoft Windows will generally be cheaper than ones which come preinstalled with Business or Professional versions of Microsoft Windows.


If you are a business and intend to use your Windows computer on a business network, we would recommend that when purchasing a new computer or laptop; always choose the Microsoft Windows Professional or Business version and not the Microsoft Windows Home version.


If you already have an existing computer or laptop preinstalled with Microsoft Windows Home and need your computer to work properly on a Microsoft Windows Server based Network, then there is a ‘Windows Anytime Upgrade’ which you can follow which will allow you to upgrade your version of Microsoft Windows Home to a Microsoft Windows Professional version as long as you are happy to provide your credit card details to make the ‘online’ purchase.




This problem will affect you if you are running any of the following Windows Server operating systems


  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2003
  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2008
  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2011
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008


For further information, please contact us on Tel. 023 8007 0101


Century IT Services are based in Totton, Southampton. Hampshire and can help you with the installation or on going I.T support of your computer, server and network. We offer a broad range of I.T services covering, internet, email, anti-spam, anti-virus solutions, we are experts in virtually anything Microsoft Server based and have extensive troubleshooting skills.

If you have an ever growing list of I.T niggles or need a server, or network installed, you have come to the right place. You can contact us on Tel. 023 80 070101 or email us at sales@century-it.co.uk for a confidential, no obligation discussion of your requirements.