Upgrading Windows Vista to Windows 7 is quite an easier process compared to upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7. This is so because Vista users have a direct upgrade path to Windows 7 unlike Windows XP users. This simply means that on completing your upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7, your files and applications will also migrate to Windows 7 without any problems. But if you are upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7, you will have to do a fresh installation of Windows 7 and then you will have to manually migrate your files and applications to Windows 7.
Windows Vista to Windows 7 upgrade:
Note: Remember to backup before upgrading to avoid files lose. It’s simply safe to backup.
So for the purpose of this post/article I will be concentrating on Windows Vista upgrade to Windows 7. There are three upgrade paths for Vista to Windows 7 upgrade which includes:
1. Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home premium
2. Windows Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional
3. Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.
Also note that if a Vista user is upgrading to Windows 7
1. The base language must be in coherence with the targeted Windows 7 language.
2. 9GB worth of free memory space must be available in your PC for installation.
STEPS TO UPGRADING YOUR WINDOWS VISTA TO WINDOWS 7
1. Backup your files
2. Insert the Windows 7 installation DVD in the DVD Drive and chose Run from the AutoPlay from within the Vista
3. Chose the Install now option
4. You can decide to chose between going online to get latest updates for installation or not (though it is recommended you go online as this will result in a better install experience).
5. Next you accept the end user license agreement
6. Next you chose upgrade from the installation type screen (custom installation will give you option for a fresh install)
7. Then your PC will be tested for Windows 7 compatibility.
8. Once you’ve passed this compatibility test, your PC will begin the copying of files and installation of Windows 7
9. Note that your PC will reboot a couple of times during the installation process
10 Once the installation completes you’ll be prompted to enter the Windows product key after which your PC will now load with its new Windows 7 OS.
You can also read my previous post on How to copy Windows 7 to a USB drive.
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