#19 – Upgrading Widows Vista or Windows XP to Windows 7

September 3, 2009 at 12:52 pm 1 comment

One of the most popular articles on this web site is “Problem with Windows Vista Enterprise upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate RC“. Windows 7 beta and RC where available only in Ultimate version and that was the reason why the only upgrade option was from Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.

At the moment TechNet and MSDN subscribers can download following versions of Windows 7:

  • Starter
  • Home Basic
  • Home Premium
  • Professional
  • Ultimate
  • Enterprise

Upgrading Widows Vista or Windows XP to Windows 7

If you are currently running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP, Windows Vista RTM, Windows Vista Starter, Windows 7 M3, Windows 7 Beta, Windows 7 RC, or Windows 7 IDS, Windows NT Server 4.0, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 you can forget about upgrade.

As you can see it is only possible to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7.  You can upgrade your Vista only to same language, and only to same architecture type (32-bit version to 32-bit, 64-bit to 64-bit). It is possible to do upgrade from Windows Vista only to same or more “powerful” version of Windows 7:

  • Windows Vista Home Basic can be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Home Premium can be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Business can be upgraded to Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Ultimate can be upgraded only to Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Enterprise can be upgraded only to Windows 7 Enterprise

I’m puzzled by the fact that it’s not possible to do upgrade from Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Enterprise, but you can upgrade from Windows Vista Business to Windows 7 Enterprise.

You can see graphic presentation  for part of the upgrade matrix at Mossblog.

If you don’t meet all of conditions mentioned above you can forget about upgrade. You will just have to install Windows 7 and all of your applications from scratch. There is a way to transfer data from your old operating system (or computer) to new one. I’ll leave this topic for one of my next posts 🙂

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