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How to Do an Inplace Upgrade Installation from Vista to Windows 7
A upgrade installation allows you to keep intact the files, settings, and programs from your current version of Vista SP1 or SP2. This will show you how to do a upgrade installation with a Upgrade version of Windows 7 from Vista. XP users will now be able to upgrade to Windows 7, but will have to do a clean install or custom install of Windows 7 instead.
Your computer is running Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. NOTE:To see if you are: Open the Start Menu, right click on Computer, and then click on Properties. Under Windows edition, look for Service Pack 1 next to your Windows Vista edition name. If you donít have Vista Service Pack 1 installed, or your computer is running an earlier version of Windows, then you canít perform an upgrade installation to Windows 7.
You DO want to preserve your user accounts, data, programs, and system drivers.
You want to do a in place upgrade from either a 32-bit version of Windows Vista to a 32-bit version of Windows 7, or a 64-bit version of Windows Vista to a 64-bit version of Windows 7. You cannot upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit. You can only do a clean install from 32-bit to 64-bit, or from 64-bit to 32-bit.
Youíre upgrading to the same Windows language. For example, from English to English.
Before doing this upgrade install, you should run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if you might have any issues before upgrading.
If everything checks out, then be sure to download and save all of your device drivers to DVD, or some other media, to have them handy to make setting up Windows 7 easier after the installation. Sometimes using the Vista drivers in Windows 7, you will need to use Compatibility Mode on the driver for it to install.
I would also recommend that you backup anything that you do not want to lose to be extra safe.
After you do a upgrade install, you will also see the option Files discarded by Windows upgrade option in Disk Cleanup. This would be for the C:\Windows.old , C:\$INPLACE.~TR , and C:\$WINDOWS.~Q files left over from the previous operating system.
1 GB RAM for 32-bit Windows 7 OR 2 GB RAM for 64-bit Windows 7
16 GB available disk space 32-bit Windows 7 OR20 GB for 64-bit Windows 7
Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme)
Internet access (to download the Beta and get updates)
Supported Upgrade Paths to Window 7 without doing a Clean Install: NOTE:You can only upgrade from a 32-bit (x86) Vista to 32-bit (x86) Windows 7 or 64-bit (x64) Vista to 64-bit (x64) Windows 7. Going from a 32-bit to 64-bit, or 64-bit to 32-bit, will require a clean install instead.
EXAMPLE: Windows 7 Upgrade Chart by Microsoft NOTE:In-Place Upgrade is upgrading your currently installed OS to Windows 7 without losing anything. A Custom Install is doing a clean installwithout formatting the hard drive and selecting the current os to install Windows 7 on top of it to place the current OS in a C:\Windows.old folder as a backup.
4. Place your Windows 7 installation DVD into the DVD drive and click on the Run setup.exe option in the AutoPlay window from within Vista. (See screenshot below) NOTE:If the AutoPlay window does not open, then open the drive folder in Computer and run the setup.exe file.
5. Click on the Install Now button to start the installation. (See screenshot below)
6. Uncheck the I want to help make Windows installation better box (unless you want to), and click on the Go online to get the latest updates for installation option. (See screenshot below)
7. Windows 7 will now check online for and install any available installation updates. (See screenshots below)
8. Check the I accept the license terms box and click on Next. (See screenshot below)
9. For a In-place Upgrade Install NOTE:Do this option if you are currently running Vista and want to keep your files, programs, and settings and install (upgrade to) Windows 7. See the warning box at the top of the tutorial for upgrade options. Do this step if you are doing a clean install with a upgrade Windows 7, then you would be doing this tutorial to do a upgrade install of Windows 7 inside a clean install of Windows 7 instead.
A) Click on the Upgrade option. (See screenshot below)
B) Go to step 11.
10. For a Custom Install NOTE:Do this option if you are running XP or want to completely replace your current version of Windows with Windows 7. You will need to reinstall your programs after installation. This will be like doing a clean install without formating. Your previous installation will be placed in the C:\Windows.old folder (step 19) so you can copy any files back.
A) Click on the Custom option. (See screenshot above)
B) Continue on to step 11.
11. The installation of Windows 7 will now begin. (See screenshot below) NOTE:During the installation process, your screen may flash and computer will restart a few times.
12. After the final restart, you will see this screen for a moment. (See screenshot below)
13. Type in your Windows 7 product key number. (See screenshot below step 14)
14. Uncheck the Automatically activate Windows when I'm online box unchecked, then click on the Next button. (See screenshot below) NOTE:You can activate Windows 7 later after you make sure it is running properly. (See step 21 below) If you chose to automatically activate Windows online when you set up your computer, automatic activation begins trying to activate your copy of Windows three days after you log on for the first time.
15. Click on Use recommended settings to allow automatic Windows Updates and proper security settings. (See screenshot below) NOTE:For more information about these recommended settings, click on the Learn more about each option link in this window.
16. Select your time zone and set your time and date settings, then click on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
17. Click on your computer's correct network location type location to select it and have the settings for that location automatically applied. (See screenshot below)
18. Windows 7 will now prepare your desktop to startup. (See screenshots below)
19. Check to see if you are missing any user files. If you are, then you can copy them from the C:\Windows.old or the hidden protected operating system C:\$INPLACE.~TR and C:\WINDOWS.~Q backup folders.
20. If everything checks out in step 19, then you can run Disk Cleanup (step 6 at this link). You will need to click on the Clean up system files button first, and then check the Files discarded by Windows upgrade box. (See screenshot below) NOTE:This will delete the C:\Windows.old, C:\$INPLACE.~TR and C:\WINDOWS.~Q folders from step 17 above.
21. Install all of your device drivers if needed, then all Windows Updates.
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