Tech Tip: Understanding Windows 7 upgrade paths

By Julio Franco
Sep 2, 2009
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  1. Microsoft has released a chart to help users figure out what upgrade paths are open to them. Unfortunately, the chart is so cluttered and dysfunctional that it makes the whole process seem much more complicated than it really is. In an attempt to smooth things out for our readers, we've created a condensed, easy-to-digest reference with all of the potential upgrade paths.

    This week's tip: Understanding Windows 7 upgrade paths
    http://www.techspot.com/guides/192-windows7-upgrade-paths/
  2. Sorry if this is a stupd question - but if i'm already running windows 7 RC is it also an easy upgrade?
    Thanks.
  3. windmill007

    windmill007 Newcomer, in training Posts: 311

    I don't know about easy but there is a way
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/3075/how-to-upgrade-the-windows-7-rc-to-rtm/
    Thats what I will be doing. I have my RC running super smooth. I don't want to have to start over again.
  4. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 Newcomer, in training Posts: 213

    what are the upgrade prices for XP users? You say they can upgrade to any version, but skipped the cost portion.
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,319   +370

    With a brand new OS I'd recommend a fresh install regardless. You should do that once a year anyway just to get rid of all the junk files that get parked on your hard drive.
  6. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Posts: 2,041   +62 Staff Member

    Upgrade media and licenses are the the same for Vista and XP users... So that's $120 for Windows 7 Home Premium, $200 for Windows 7 Professional and $220 for the Ultimate edition.
  7. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper Newcomer, in training Posts: 467

    Microsoft's stance is that you should do a fresh install of Windows 7 RTM, not upgrade over the RC.
  8. maestromasada

    maestromasada Newcomer, in training Posts: 97

    100% agreed, I do that every three months.
  9. isamuelson

    isamuelson Newcomer, in training Posts: 96

    I agree. What I've done is once I've gotten a fresh install with latest patches to OS, Office, anti-virus and all other necessary utility apps sans user accounts, I use DriveImageXml to backup the install image to DVD so that all I have to do is restore the image. Any new patches can then be downloaded from that point forward with little to no fuss.
    When it's time to do a clean install, I backup the user account data first and then use DriveImageXml to reinstall the image from a boot DVD. Then, once that's done and I've applied all patches since the image creation, I transfer the user account stuff back in.
  10. windmill007

    windmill007 Newcomer, in training Posts: 311

    If you know how to clean up your os it can run for years super fast. Microsoft recommends many things but not always the best option for the customers. I know I will be upgrading my RC to Final when I'm ready and from reading others comments they have no issues. Why? Because I have my RC at work and all setup working great. Why start over when I don't have to?
  11. JessicaD

    JessicaD Newcomer, in training Posts: 20

    Eddie_42,

    If you are planning on purchasing Windows 7 when it is released it may be helpful to know you don't have to wait until October to reserve your copy of Win 7! You can pre-order your copy of Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional today. For more information, see the Windows 7 Pre-Order offer page here: wwwdotmicrosoftdotcom/Windows/buy/offers/pre-order-endeddotaspx (Replace the "dot" with a period ".")

    Jessica
    Microsoft Windows Client Team
     
  12. IanDSamson

    IanDSamson Newcomer, in training Posts: 29

    Even if the upgrade is available through a download, I would prefer the upgrade DVD because of available bandwidth and slowness of my ADSL. Imagine downloading gigabytes of data and having it corrupted en-route! It's more secure to wait for the release date and purchase the DVD.
  13. IanDSamson

    IanDSamson Newcomer, in training Posts: 29

    Jessica, is Microsoft still offering the 3-license for 1 purchase? In other words, I will be purchasing WIndows 7 Ultimate 64-bit to replace my Vista Ultimate 64 that I have had for slightly less than one year, and upgrading my two HP Compaq 6720s laptops' RAM to 4GB each to accommodate the RAM requirements. I am sure the processors are already 64-bit as most new machines' processors are already 64-bit even though they run 32-bit software. I need to confirm this, though.


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