Learn how to Upgrade from Vista to Windows 7,
Ideas, Experiences, Troubleshooting, Help and How-tos.
The Upgrade installation option works with either the full product copy or an upgrade copy of Windows 7. It is clearly described on an online sales receipt if you buy Windows 7 from Microsoft online store or on the front of the windows 7 retail box.
The table below outlines supported and unsupported upgrade paths for editions of the Windows 7 operating system.
|If you're running:||Upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium||Upgrade to Windows 7 Professional||Upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate|
|Windows Vista Home Basic|
|Windows Vista Home Premium|
|Windows Vista Business|
|Windows Vista Ultimate|
There are some versions of Windows can't be upgraded. For example, you can't upgrade from a higher edition of Windows Vista, such as Windows Vista Ultimate, to a lower edition of Windows 7, such as Windows 7 Home Premium, you can't upgrade a 64-bit version of Windows Vista to a 32-bit version of Windows 7. If this case, you'll need to choose the Custom installation option during Windows 7 installation.
However, unlike Upgrade, the Custom installation option does not migrate your existing applications, files, or settings. You'll need to back up your personal data and application settings before upgrade from Vista to Windows 7, and then restore them after Windows 7 installation is complete, and you'll also need to reinstall all your applications.
If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only upgrade to a 64-bit version of windows 7. Similarly, if you're running a 32-bit version of Vista, you can only upgrade to 32-bit version of Windows7. Otherwise, you'll need to choose the Custom installation option to install Windows 7. In the Windows 7 package, both 32-bit and 64-bit installation DVD disc are included. 32-bit version of Windows can handle 3 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM), and 64-bit version of Windows can handle 4 GB of RAM or more.
1) Click Start , Right-click on Computer, and then Click on Properties.
2) Under System, you can see what type of operating system you're currently running next to System type, see image bellow.
Next: Upgrade Vista to Windows 7 Step-by-Step using the Upgrade option.
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