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Windows 7: Upgrade from Vista Home Premium to 7

22 Mar 2010   #1

Upgrade from Vista Home Premium to 7

Hi, Can anyone advice?

I currently have Vista Home Premium and have bought Windows 7 Professional.. only to find that I will lose all of my files if and when I upgrade. I have emailed Microsoft and am waiting for a reply... I have made a backup from Vista on to an external hard drive... but would still have to install all progarms etc... is there any version of Windows 7 that I could upgrade to that would retain all of my files?
I have ahad a rpoblem with Vista for months in that it will not install updates...

Any suggestions greatly received...

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22 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64


Have you considered using the Easy Transfer tool?

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

You can also fool Windows 7 into thinking you are upgrading from Vista Professional.

Open regedit, and navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version.

Change Edition ID to Professional, and Product Name to Windows Vista Professional.
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22 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install

Hi and welcome to Seven Forums!

I'm afraid you can't upgrade from Vista Home Premium to 7 Professional.
All your files will be in the Windows.old folder that the installer will create.
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22 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

I forgot to mention in my last post that if you use the Easy Upgrade tool, you can do a clean install. See this tutorial: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Sorry about that.
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22 Mar 2010   #5

Regedit doesn't seem to work..

Hi Jonathan, at this rate it would be cheaper for me to have bought a new computer.. 200 for Windows 7... the regedit doesn't work I am afraid to say.. it stills says Home Premium.. prob sees the OEM code etc...

any other suggestions?
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22 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64

Yes, use the Easy Transfer tool to backup your data, then do a clean install.

You will still need to reinstall your programs, but it will tell you exactly what needs to be reinstalled.

At least it's better than a clean install.
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