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Help in picking a laptop OS, is a Windows 7 upgrade ok?

By resu
Nov 25, 2009
  1. Hi,

    I am cuurently looking at a laptop for a friend and have found a good one at a good price but instead of the windows 7 system that i was looking for it's Vista Home premium with a windows 7 upgrade disc.

    Now my question is, has anyone had any issues with the vista to windows 7 upgrade?
    the only reason i ask is because I thought windows 7 was originally only going to be fresh install only? or was that just with the beta testing releases...

    I just want to be 100% sure that this machine will be fine after thewindows 7 upgrade

    here a link to the machine in question
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169936/show_product_overview

    Thanks in advance

    Will
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,635   +321

    Assuming they know what they are doing (the place you are buying from) you'll be fine. The 'upgrade' as we know it is all screwed up with 7 and you can basically only do a real upgrade from a very limited number of Vista setups depending on the versions.

    If that is 32bit VHP on the laptop and 7 is also 32bit Home it will work fine. If the bits are different, it won't work as an upgrade. If its 64bit Home it will work to 64bit Home. Here is the mess: http://mossblog.allthingsd.com/files/2009/08/windows-upgrade-chart.png

    Even if they aren't the same versions you can do the custom install, which is really just a clean install, and that shouldn't be a big deal on a new computer, except if it takes special drivers. Might want to check if 7 drivers are available for that computer, or if Vista's will work.
     
  3. resu

    resu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 218

    Ah thank you very much for the link and advice!
    From the looks of things, there shouldnt be much of an issue so i'll go ahead and get it on order :)

    thanks again
     
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