Thursday, January 21, 2010

How to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 Operating System

We highly recommend that you print this tutorial. Your computer will restart during the Windows 7 installation process, so having a printed copy will help you follow the steps if you can't return to this webpage.

Before, you are going to upgrade the Windows Vista Operating System to Windows 7 Operating System, it is strongly recommended to take a printout of this article because, the system will prompt you to reinstall the Computer during the installation progress. Therefore, taking a printout will help you a lot in this regard.

Introduction of upgrade
You can choose your favorite upgrade option during Windows 7 installation to upgrade from Windows Vista to a respective or higher edition of Windows 7. It depends upon your Hardware and current edition of Windows Vista.
Moreover, upgrading is the most convenient and the best way to install the Windows 7 on your Computer. It keeps your files, settings and programs intact from Windows vista. If the current version of the Windows Vista in your Computer doesn’t support to upgrade to the Windows 7 Operating System, you can use the custom installation option instead. You’ve to remember Custom Installation wont preserve your files, program, or settings of the Computer.
Ensuring compatibility of the programs and devices with Windows 7
Most of the system requirements of Windows Vista match for Windows 7. However, it is recommended to download and run the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor webpage. It lets you find the potential issues with the Computer’s hardware, devices or programs that might affect installing Windows 7 and gives recommendations on what to do.
Step 1: Which Windows 7 version is suitable for you
The image below will let you know the compatible editions of Windows Vista that can be upgraded to Windows 7. Moreover, the upgrade option can work with either an upgrade copy or the full version of the Windows 7 Operating System.
If you don’t choose the Upgrade option?
Some of the versions will never work with the installation discs, as it is not possible to upgrade a 32-bit version of Windows to a 54-bit version or upgrade from a higher edition of Windows such as Windows Vista Ultimate to a lower one. As the custom installation doesn’t preserve the files, settings or programs, you have backup the data and settings before installing Windows 7. Therefore, you can restore them after installation is completed and at the same time, you have to reinstall the programs using the original installation discs or files.

32-bit or 64-bit: Which version of Windows 7 to install?
With which version of Windows 7 I’ve to go with?32-bit or 64-bit.
If you’ve 32 bit version of Windows Vista, you can go with 32 bit Windows 7 similarly if you’ve 64 bit version of Windows Vista you can go with 54-bit of Windows 7. If you want to be exception, you’ve to got with the Custom installation of Windows 7. In the installation discs package, both versions will be available. 64-bit is able to handle large amount of memory typically 4GB or RAM or more efficient than 32-bit Operating System.
How to find out which Windows 7 installation disc you can use, do the following:
1. Go to performance information and tool from the Start button, Control Panel, System and Maintenance then Performance Information and Tools.
2. Choose View and print details.
3. Then under System, you can view the operating system running in the Computer, next to System type, and next to 64-bit capable, whether you can run a 64-bit version of Windows. At the same time, if your Computer has 64 bit version of Windows, you can’t see the 64-bit capable listing.
Step 2: Installing Windows 7 using upgrade option
It is possible to keep your files, settings, and programs from Windows Vista when you are upgrading to Windows 7.
Important Note:
Unfortunately, Windows Mail and Outlook Express are no longer included in the Windows 7 OS. Therefore, if you have used those services, you should have to install a new email program in order to read your messages or to send and receive E-mail.

Performing an upgrade installation of Windows 7
1. Once the Windows Vista starts to boot, follow any of the steps.
o If you already have purchased and downloaded the Windows 7 online, you can open the file as it is the easiest way to install the Windows 7 on a Netbook.
o If you have a Windows 7 installation disc, insert the disc into your computer. Setup should start automatically. If it doesn't, click the Start button, click Computer, double-click your DVD drive to open the Windows 7 installation disc, and then double-click setup.exe.
o However, if you have any Windows 7 installation disc, you can insert the disc into your Computer. Now, the setup should begin automatically. In case, it doesn’t click on the Start Button, choose Computer, double click your DVD Drive to open the Windows 7 installation disc and then double click setup.exe.
2. On the Install Windows page, click Install now.
3. Then click Install now, on the Install Windows page.
4. Then it is recommended to get the important updates for installation page in order to help the successful installation and to protect the Computer against security threats.
5. It is required to connect the Computer to the internet during the installation of Windows 7 for receiving the updates.
6. After that, click I accept the license terms and then click Next Terms and Condition page.
7. Then click Upgrade, on the “Which type of installation do you want”.
8. Then you can see the Compatibility report.
9. After that, follow the onscreen instruction to finish the installation of Windows 7.
In most cases, drivers come with Windows, or you can find them by using Windows Update and checking for updates. To do so, click the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Update.
How to re-share printers
After upgrading to Windows 7, you need to re-share the Plug and Play printers that you shared earlier with Windows Vista. To re-share follow the following steps.
1. Click on the Start button and choose Devices and Printers.
2. Now, right click on the Printer you want to share and then click Printer properties.
3. Then on the Sharing tab, choose the Share this printer Check box and then click OK.
4. If still some of the Computers are not able to access the printer, remove the printer and re-share it again.

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