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Upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista
You can upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and still keep all of your files, settings, and programs. However, this depends on what version of Windows Vista you have on your computer system. Nevertheless, before you upgrade, it is best to download and run the Windows 7 upgrade advisor. This program detects to see if your computer system meets the minimum requirements for Windows 7. It also detects other things that may prevent Windows 7 from installing such as device, hardware, and program errors. If your version of Windows Vista is not upgradable to the version of Windows 7 you would want to install, you can still use the custom installation option. However, this option will NOT save your files, settings, and programs.
Windows Vista Home Basic is upgradable to Windows 7 home premium and ultimate only. In the same way, Windows Vista Ultimate is upgradable to Windows 7 ultimate only. You can only upgrade Windows Vista Business to Windows 7 professional and ultimate. Last, but not the least, Windows Vista home premium is upgradable to Windows 7 home premium and Windows 7 ultimate.
It is also important to note that some systems do not support the 64-bit version of the operating system. If the Windows Vista you want to upgrade from is 32-bit, you must upgrade to only 32-bit Windows 7. However, if your OS was 32-bit and you want 64-bit windows 7 OS, then you must go for the custom installation. For custom installation, you need to back up your files and then restore them after the installation completes. You will also be required to reinstall all of your programs again from their installation disc.
If you are considering the upgrade to Windows 7, you can check out our Windows 7 Review for more information about the new version of Windows.
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