I am living in Beijing, China at present and am about to buy a new Lenovo Ideapad Laptop. This comes with Windows Vista Home Premium Preinstalled (Chinese Version). I then intend to use the Free Windows 7 Upgrade Program
to acquire Eglish language media
It is clear in Microsoft's documentation
that this is not a supported upgrade path.
However, assuming I can get Lenovo to provide the English Language Windows 7 upgrade media, I should be able to do a clean install as per Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
and Paul Thurrot's Method
In fact this would be the method for achieving any unsupported upgrade path, eg:
Vista 32 -> 7 64
Vista 64 -> 7 32
Chinese Vista -> English 7
Can anyone confirm that this is true, particularly for the language upgrade.
---------------------------------- Further reading
has led me to believe that this is definitely possible. Check out the bottom line of the chart image
Upgrading Windows Vista from one language (e.g. English) to Windows 7 in a different language (e.g. French), requires a custom install.
I've also checked that Lenovo FREE Windows® 7 Upgrade Program
asks you both which language and architecture your previous machine is running. So a white lie about having (wanting) the English 64bit Vista should net me the relevant Windows 7 upgrade disks
I'll post once more when I can confirm this on my new machine.