A Guide To Upgrading From Windows Vista To Windows 7

With Windows 7, the new version of Windows set to release later this year, it will be worthwhile for owners of previous versions, such as Vista who are planning an upgrade to have a closer look at their options. Early indications from Microsoft state good news for Vista owners.  For starters, Vista users will get direct upgrade path to Windows 7. Also, Vista users will get a more economical upgrade price in comparison to other Windows versions such as Windows XP.

In this article, you will learn the pre-requirements of an upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and step-by-step detailed instructions for achieving the upgrade.

Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7

As stated above, Vista users will be able to directly upgrade to Windows 7. This means that all your applications and user data will be automatically migrated to the new operating system. However, Vista to Windows 7 upgrade paths are limited by version in the following ways:

  • Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium.
  • Windows Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional.
  • Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.

If you do not follow one of the three upgrade paths listed above, you will need to perform a fresh installation of Windows 7.  A few things that you need to keep in mind before you attempt an upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista are:

  • You must have 9 GB of free hard disk space.
  • You can only install Windows 7 on the same partition that holds Windows Vista.
  • The base language must match the target Windows 7 language.

Also, check Windows 7 compatibility with your system before proceeding with the upgrade. You can use the Windows 7 upgrade advisor, which is a program released by Microsoft that performs the function of checking the system compatibility with Windows 7. All you need to do is download, install, and run this program to know whether or not your PC is compatible. Windows 7 upgrade advisor will notify you in case it finds any compatibility issues and will also provide pointers on your upgrade options to Windows 7.

After you have ensured the compatibility, follow the steps listed below to start the update process:

  1. Insert the Windows 7 DVD in your CD/DVD drive and click the Install Now option that will appear on your screen.
  2. The next screen will show you the following two options
    1. Go online to get the latest update for installation.
    2. Do not get the latest updates for installation.

      If you have the latest version of Windows 7 then choose the second option, otherwise you may select the first option.

  1. The next screen will declare the license terms. Select I accept the license agreement option and click next.
  2. The next screen will display two options – Upgrade and Custom. Choose the Upgrade option.
  3. Now, Windows will check for compatibility and in case it finds any compatibility issues, the problem will be displayed and a report will be saved on your desktop. If Windows does not find any incompatibilities, the setup process will continue without any further interaction. From this point, you just need to follow the normal Windows installation procedure to complete the upgrade process.