I took the safe route and installed a seperate hard drive so that I could create a dual boot system. But if you don't think that will be an issue for you in the near future than I say go for it. You can also do this into another partion on a single drive. Make a copy of your hard drive, just in case things go horribly wrong. What's the catch this time? Hey, I have read this whole topic, but i am not the smartest when it comes to computers, so a few things i wish to clarify.
You'll just have to move it manually. That's going to be tough. Most likely to have fewest problems: Products from Microsoft and other major vendors. Copying data back and forth to external thumb drives can be tedious and error-prone, so try using the cloud instead. Retail is supposed to prevent that. Put the appropriate files of each type in these libraries, then drop everything else into the Documents folder.
So no there is no reason to not use the Upgrade! While you're not required to backup and reinstall your files, or reinstall your programs, it's a very good idea to back up your files and settings before you start any software upgrade. This is similar to the functionality offered by advisor tool from Microsoft. Good luck and let us know how it went. I recommend using Macrium Reflect; it's a free download available from Download. That said, it's time to begin.
However, before you get too comfortable there are a couple more things you should do. Tutorials Hi, First post here and I'd like to ask forgiveness if this has been discussed before, it's just that none of the discussions I've read helped in this case. Your computer will reboot a few times and eventually the Wizard will return, this time running in Windows 7. Said I didn't have the right software. Please make sure you have an external hard drive see details below.
After Windows 7 is installed, use Windows Easy Transfer to restore your files and settings. Your post clearly states they were providing wrong information. If you're running old applications, there's a chance they won't work under Windows 7 Professional or 8 Pro. So your mileage will vary. I am going to buy Windows 7 Professional 64 bit from; As far as i can tell this is an upgrade. But we don't have to mess with that, since we did the Easy Transfer Wizard earlier.
This is different than the upgrade adviser. These names can be anything you want. Selecting the Restoration method and identifying your computer Connecting and navigating to where your Easy Transfer file is stored Enter your password if you created one and select what to transfer Restoring your data After restoring your data and settings, you can view a report of what was transferred, along with what you will need to reinstall. Azarack thank you for clarifying that you can use an upgrade version of Win 7 to do a clean install. Did the custom install and pointed it to the new drive to install into. About 40 odd applications, some 10+ old games, nothing special. Or does it automagically set the Win 7 partition to active? You can also use another rig to download it.
Can I upgrade to a 64-bit edition of Windows 7? Kari It's quite impressive how you get that amount of disk used. This will show you how to do a upgrade installation with a Upgrade version of Windows 7 from. Also you can only upgrade from 32 to 32bit and 64 to 64bit. The easiest way to fix them is to double-click the item, then click the update driver button. Is it possible to next put in the Win 64 disc and update to Win 7 64 after Win 32 installs. This is not a scare tactic, its just how the hardware and software industry works.
Then click Start, choose computer, and under hard disk drives, choose the external drive where you stored your transfer data. What are my Windows 7 choices? At this point, you'll be able to do things like set up a password, set security preferences, set time and date, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It's all there in a folder called Windows. You can use any valid Vista install media, you do not need the product key.
It will take a while to move all your data over. Here are the issues you need to be aware of, and how to handle them. What should I do before I start the upgrade? It is as cheap and works nicely. Yes, you can buy the upgrade version no problem. Check for updates — after completing the installation, check for updates for the operating system, computer and your applications. Save your files and settings on an external hard drive using Windows Easy Transfer windows.