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Windows 7: Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional???

05 Sep 2010   #1
mogibb1

Windows Vista Home 32 bit
 
 
Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional???

My laptop has Windows Visa Home Premium installed and I need to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional. What path can I take to upgrade it without losing my settings (i.e. user acccounts, background, etc.)


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05 Sep 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Type windows easy tranfer in search and use that to transfer all but programs to a finger drive or hard drive etc. Then transfer back.
Do a clean install not an upgrade.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips
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05 Sep 2010   #3
mogibb1

Windows Vista Home 32 bit
 
 

Ok, so I will do the Windows Easy Transfer to an external drive, wipe drive C: (Windows Vista), install Windows 7 and then use the WIndows Easy Transfer to put my accounts and settings into Win 7. Is this correct?
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05 Sep 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

That is how it worked for me. May I suggest that you back up all your documents, however. You do not want to chance losing anything with the transfer.
You may also want to test first. Make another account, tranfer out of the old and into the new.
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05 Sep 2010   #5
mogibb1

Windows Vista Home 32 bit
 
 

Yes, I will back it up. I just wasn't sure if Windows 7 would accept user settings from Windows Vista via the Windows Easy Transfer because of them being different OS's.
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05 Sep 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Actually, that is what it is for. In an attempt to get people to by 7, they made an easy way to transfer. To reassure a bit more, I actually did it myself. I had Vista for a year, did a clean install with 7 and then did the easy transfer. Worked a like a charm. Favororites, desktop, settings, documents. Everything but programs, which you must reinstall.
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05 Sep 2010   #7
mogibb1

Windows Vista Home 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for your help.
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05 Sep 2010   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You are very welcome.
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05 Sep 2010   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

The method which MS wants us to use to upgrade within Win7 is Anytime Upgrade, which unlocks the hidden features in the higher version while not touching anything else in your present Win7.

Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade PC Easily Add More Features Keep Files

If you already have a Professional retail Upgrade or full version key, you can also insert it into Anytime Upgrade utility instead of the Anytime key.
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