Upgrading to Windows 7 (part 3 of 4)

This third post in the series discusses the types of upgrading.

If you are using Vista, you can easily upgrade to Windows 7. But you can only go from 32-bit to 32-bit and 64-bit to 64-bit. If you want to take advantage of the 64-bit edition and you are using a 32-bit version, you will need to follow my directions on a clean upgrade in an upcoming post.

I recommend that if you do an upgrade, you uninstall any applications that interact directly with Windows’ core such as anti-virus, firewall, virtual machine software, defragmenter, etc. The more you can uninstall prior to upgrading the better.

If you are using Windows XP, there is no direct upgrade. Instead, the installer will backup you data, wipe out the hard disk and then install Windows 7 and restore your data. You must re-install your applications.

Note: To be double sure, back up your data on your own first.

Note: Software that uses a serial number should be uninstalled. In particularly [but not limited to] Symantec/Norton software should be uninstalled. Your license is held for you by Symantec when you uninstall but the subscription is still “ticking”. For full versions of Adobe software you must de-active first [usually from the Help menu] before uninstalling.

To upgrade, you can do a single Home Premium upgrade for maybe $130 or 3 computers for $200. The full price of Home Premium is $165. Of course you can upgrade to Professional or Ultimate as well. Buying the upgrade box for 3 computers is still cheaper even if you had just 2 computers.

Once you have installed Windows 7 Home Premium, you can upgrade to the higher versions.

You can’t downgrade [for example] from Windows XP Professional to Windows 7 Home Premium.

When you buy a retail box, the media will include both 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs.

More in the next post.


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