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Windows 7: Vista Home to W& Pro (problem)


30 Oct 2009   #1

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Vista Home to W& Pro (problem)

As the thread title states, I'm trying to upgrade from Vista Home to Windows Pro. I need Windows Pro because I'm running some XP programs that are very unstable in Vista and the advertising says Windows 7 Pro will run XP applications.

I just started the installation and the program says that I can only do a clean install. I don't want to do that as I no longer possess the XP applications original disks. It would be quite expensive to repurchase the programs.

Is there an alternative? I don't know why my install was rejected - did I need a higher level of Vista? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also, if I can't upgrade without a clean install, Windows 7 is of no use to me. I'm thinking that Best Buy will not take it back because you can't return software there - is that true?

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30 Oct 2009   #2

Vista Home
 
 

Double Post - sorry - I'm a bit frustrated right now.
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30 Oct 2009   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BillNRinggold View Post
As the thread title states, I'm trying to upgrade from Vista Home to Windows Pro. I need Windows Pro because I'm running some XP programs that are very unstable in Vista and the advertising says Windows 7 Pro will run XP applications.

I just started the installation and the program says that I can only do a clean install. I don't want to do that as I no longer possess the XP applications original disks. It would be quite expensive to repurchase the programs.

Is there an alternative? I don't know why my install was rejected - did I need a higher level of Vista? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also, if I can't upgrade without a clean install, Windows 7 is of no use to me. I'm thinking that Best Buy will not take it back because you can't return software there - is that true?
Hi and welcome

There are several things going on here. First I assume you have the Win 7 Pro upgrade disk. That you are trying to upgrade 32bit ti 32 bit, or 64bit to 64bit.

Upgrades are done within versions Ie vista home>win 7 home. Vista ultimate>win 7 ultimate. there are descrtions of the various paths here http://mossblog.allthingsd.com/files...rade-chart.png

You cant go from vista home>win 7 pro.

Hope this helps a bit

Ken
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