With the number of Windows 7 users becomes more and more huge, many computer users may want to have a try on it. If you just a Vista user and you want to upgrade your machine to Windows 7, now I will show you how to upgrade it from Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium Edition by choosing an in-place upgrade (which is easier) but not a clean install.
Note: In this example, we are upgrading Vista Home Premium 32-bit to Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit .
Before the Upgrade There are several things you need to do before you start the upgrade process. Firstly, you need to make sure you have connected to the Internet and run Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 or higher. Actually...if you don't have at least SP1, you will get an error and have to go back and install it.
Also you'll need to run Windows 7 UpgradeAdvisor. Make sure all of the hardware that you normally run is connected to the computer before running (check everything). If your machine is already running Vista, chances are it's going to run Windows 7 without a problem.
To find out what hardware and software Windows 7 currently supports...go to Windows 7 Compatibility Center. You can easily search or browse for your hardware to see if it's Windows 7 compatible. If you have an older software version or hardware driver, they point you to the manufacturer's website so you can upgrade to the right version for Windows 7.
It allows you to browse or search for software that is officially supported.
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Make sure you are connected to the Internet so that updates can be downloaded and installed during the upgrade process.
It's going to give you the following options when you pop in the Windows 7 disc. If you already ran Upgrade Advisor, just ignore "Check compatibility online" since all it will do it point you to Upgrade Advisor anyway.
After you click "Install now" button, you will see the following message.
Again make sure you're connected to the Internet before starting the process because during this step you'll want to get the latest updates for the installation.
Wait while the latest upgrades are found.
Check the box "I accept the license terms" to agree to the software license terms.
In the type of installation screen, select "Upgrade" (not Custom) since Custom would be used if you're doing a clean install.
Now the upgrade process begins.
There will be about three or four reboots while the process completes.
After each reboot, you should see different tasks on the list showing they have completed.
The last step will be Transferring Files, settings, and programs.
You will see the message that setup is checking video performance after the final reboot.
Then type in your upgrade product key.
Select if you want to turn on automatic updates.
Set up your time zone, time and date.
Select where your computer is located (in our example is on a Home Network).
It's done! Now the desktop will be configured and you can start using Windows 7 with all of your files and most settings intact.
Note: Not everything will be exactly how it was in Vista, so allow yourself time to go through and make the appropriate tweaks.
Actually there will be different with this two operating system (such as no Windows Mail, Messenger, Photo Galleryetc) so you can download Microsoft Live Essentials to get your favorite MS apps back.
Keep in midn run Windows Updateright away after the upgrade to make sure everything is current.
Note: If you're just using a version of Vista that allows an in-place upgrade, the process is relatively simple. The amount of time it takes will vary between systems. The system we used had an AMD Athlon dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM and it took about 45 minutes to complete the upgrade. Yours may take a lot longer though depending on the size of the hard drive and amount of data. The files and settings don't transfer over exactly how you had them before but it's just a matter of tweaking them a bit. But in a word...an in-place upgrade is a relatively simple and effective process.
If you want to download the software mentioned above, you can visit it's original sitehttp://www.newton360.com/Detail/Upgrade-from-Vista-to-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Edition.html
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