As I spelled out in the last step, please be aware that all the data stored on that drive will be lost. Maybe Gordon and Leroy forgot to tell you. At no point does the installer ask for any other disks. To start the program, double-click the file called MigWiz. If you install Windows 7 to the same drive that Vista is currently located on without formatting, the contents will be moved to Windows. I upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate 64 using the upgrade medium when it was first released.
Steps above, which is practically how to perform clean install with a Windows 7 full version media and product key, should work for some, if not most, users. For separate windows, you would have to buy a separate License and. For some reason, our 32-bit Vista install wouldn't run the W7 64-bit setup? So that's the question: How should I do it the right way? And yes, run the defragmenter because you probably have a regular hard drive. Answers to most asked questions by users regarding Windows 7 Upgrade: Q: Can I use Windows Update to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7 for free like Windows 7 is upgraded to? Windows 7 is rated one of the best windows. I purchased a couple of copies, since I have a laptop with Win2k on it. To make matters worse, the activation warning doesn't even give you a phone number to call and appeal you're case. Please hold on to speak with a live person, skip using the automated system.
Anyone who tried to install their upgrade version of Windows 7 to a fresh drive was treated to a cruel wake up call. No reg hacks or edits and it just plain worked. I guess we'll just throw Vista on the blank new drive and get a clean install of W7 on that. I used a drive that previously had Linux I don't think that counts as upgrade-friendly so you should be fun. In fact, for the life of me, I still don't understand why everyone doesn't use imaging software of some kind these days. To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time.
However, if you wish to not have it, as well as more information about this, head over to this link of how to do it, prior to installing. I just want to double check before I try it because I've set out to try other things without covering all my bases more than once. In this complete step-by-step guide, we will tell you how to upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista for free without losing any data. Why can't Microsoft come up with an intelligent installer? That has now been proven to be wrong. I will be going from Vista 32bit to Windows 7 64bit, so I know the only option is the Custom advanced , but would had done that anyway. You could try doing a custom install on the hard disk without entering a key or attempting activation. Windows Easy Transfer may help you a little.
With respect to option 2, I would not recommend that way to people. Yes I did not think it was possible, at least it wouldn't have been easy, but I thought it might be worth asking around. I have never read of any work-around for that. Â Donations from Plus members keep this site going. This is a new build with a Quad core and 4gb ram and a 320G drive so I installed the 64bit os. In your case, since you have a Vista license, you should be fine. So more than anything this is about wanting W7 installed clean on that new disk.
We wanted to install the 64-bit of W7. Anyway, the W7 disc kept complaining that it couldn't run on this version of Windows Vista 32-bit. I haven't decided yet whether to just install Vista clean on that new disk then install W7. The best thing you can do is buy imaging software. From what I read, the install process always works clean install to a bare drive.
I've created disk images on a flash drive before. As far as everything working, I believe it would be fine. Proceed with the upgrade installation. Ask more if you are facing any problem while you upgrade Vista to Windows 7, and I am eager to help you out!. You may want to take a look at this to see what your options are if you decide to try a clean install from upgrade media on a blank drive. For example, Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Home Premium, or Vista Business to Windows 7 Ultimate. I was actually given the first procedure by a Microsoft rep.
I don't want to lose them, so I want to upgrade. Both upgrade and full versions contain the same features. Complete task such as setting up your account name, password, time zone etcetera. If I can't, how can I keep my apps through a clean install? This was the 32-bit version of Vista. Clicking Drive options, advanced lets you prepare your hard drive to make room for Windows 7. To run Windows Update, click the Start button, choose All Programs, and click Windows Update.
Any other ideas or does this sound like the best way to go? Everything up and running and he's re-installing all his apps. Is this possible in Bootcamp? I want to install Win7, but instead of a clean install, I prefer to just upgrade. Skip Steps 4 and 9. You'll see an orange shield icon next to Shutdown in the Start Menu if this is the case. The next page will give you a choice, choose the upgrade option… If you want to go with default settings, click the upgrade button. It will rename your old Windows-related stuff into a folder called Windows. Just make sure you have backed up your personal data elsewhere before doing so, preferably using Windows Easy Transfer at Also, during the installation, Windows 7 puts a 100mb partition for system management, used by Windows 7 Ultimate, Business and Enterprise.
If this happens, chances are your current operating system will boot. The best thing you can do is buy imaging software. Except for the time zone, Windows 7 usually guesses these correctly. As long as the system passes activation, it's good. I have answered some questions. I have a copy of Vista, and I also have an Upgrade Edition of Windows 7 Ultimate.