Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Question About Upgrading From Vista to Seven


23 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Question About Upgrading From Vista to Seven

Just want to ask for a little advice from the experts before I do this please.
I have an older Gateway with Intel Duo Core CPU 1.86 GHz; 4 GB of ram, currently running Vista Home Premium 32 bit. The MB is limited to 32 bit. It has a 360 GB SATA hard drive that is about half full, as well I have a 1TB SATA hard drive that I have never installed.
I would like to upgrade it to Windows 7 similar to what I run on an HP Laptop that is about a year and a half old. I have seen Windows 8 and I am not too crazy about it.
I also have loaded Office 2007 full version, as well as various other misc programs. I don't do any gaming. I do plenty of Excel stuff, Word, and Powerpoint, internet, email, etc.
I know I should back up all my files before I start any kind of upgrade.

I ran the Windows 7 upgrade advisor a couple of days ago.
It came up with a couple of incompatibilities, mostly printer drivers that I don't use anymore anyway; and a couple of recommended upgrades; nothing that's a show stopper.

Is there a nice slick seamless way to upgrade to Windows 7 that avoids having to re-install everything afterwards? Or am I faced with wiping the hard drive and starting clean?
Any advice or tips is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
rstew

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

23 May 2014   #2

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Others could tell you more, but I would wiper clean ...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2014   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Probably best to make an image of your Vista installation - this is a great freebie to use:

Free Download AOMEI Backupper Standard: Windows Backup & Cloning Software

Then try the upgrade.

If it goes well, great.

Otherwise, install win 7 clean and fish out what you need from the aomei image after.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


23 May 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK thanks for the advice.
The aomei backup sounds like a great idea.
Does it make an image right on the current C drive?

I am wondering if I should copy all my files (except system and programs) from the C drive to the 1 TB D drive. Then if the Windows 7 install does not go well on the old C drive, I could install it on the D drive, and swap drives. Then re-install the other programs needed and I should be good to go. Does this sound like a good idea?

thanks,
rstew
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

One other question; is there a site where I can download a licensed version of Windows 7 x32 bit?
Or do I need to pick up the CD at the local computer shop?
The Windows upgrade site seems to have only W8.1 available, unless I am looking in the wrong place.

Thanks,
rstew
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 May 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

In my experience, a Clean Install Windows 7 would be the better approach. You can simply ask yourself how long it would take to have everything set-up again. If it only takes several hours, I'd personally go for the clean install.

As suggested, an image of your current installation is also recommended just in case things go south (this is a rare scenario which I've never experienced in Windows 7).

You can simply back up your files to the 1TB HDD, image the 360GB drive into the 1TB HDD then do the clean install. Re-install your programs and you're good to go.

Purchasing a genuine copy differs from country to country but I'd look for a Fully Packaged Product just to be on the safe side.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 May 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Ok thanks to all for the advice.
It sounds like the clean install is the way to go. I'll have to block off a day to do this I guess.
One other question; Vista 32 bit only recognizes 3.24 GB of ram for some reason. Will Windows 7 32 bit recognize a full 4Gb?

Thanks,
rstew
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 May 2014   #8
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rstew View Post
One other question; Vista 32 bit only recognizes 3.24 GB of ram for some reason. Will Windows 7 32 bit recognize a full 4Gb?

Thanks,
rstew
The missing .76GB is being allocated to other devices on your system, mostly the graphics card. It will be the same in Win 7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 May 2014   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit
 
 

There is an issue with 32-bit Windows in not properly recognizing or using more than about 3.5GB of RAM. A number of pages here speak to that:
https://www.google.com/search?noj=1&....0._1h0jEMaM-w
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 May 2014   #10
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Berton View Post
There is an issue with 32-bit Windows in not properly recognizing or using more than about 3.5GB of RAM. A number of pages here speak to that:
https://www.google.com/search?noj=1&....0._1h0jEMaM-w
Other devices that require memory address space reserve it during boot. It's primarily onboard graphics adapters that do this, reducing the 4GB maximum available for other uses. There is no issue with using 4GB in 32 bit Windows of any flavour.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Question About Upgrading From Vista to Seven




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Question About Upgrading From Vista to Seven
Thread Forum
Question regarding upgrading from Vista to Seven General Discussion
when upgrading from Vista to 7 Installation & Setup
Upgrading from Vista (32) to 7 (64) General Discussion
Upgrading from Vista General Discussion
Question about upgrading Vista > the E version Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:47 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33