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Upgrade To Windows 7 – All You Need To Know – Why, How, Cost, Compatibility of Upgrade

Free Upgrade From Vista to Windows 7 after June 26, 2009:

Whoever has bought a computer with Windows Vista or a copy of Windows Vista after the June 26, 2009 deadline may qualify for a free upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7. here's How to receive your Windows 7 upgrade. You can also read the Windows 7 Upgrade Option FAQ to learn more whether ur purchase will qualify or not and how you can order an upgrade.

I bought a new PC with Windows Vista Home Premium in July 2009. Why don't I qualify for the Windows 7 Upgrade Option offer?

Participation in the Windows 7 Upgrade Option is decided by the PC manufacturers. There are costs associated with implementing the offers so they may opt out of the program for certain models, particular timeframes, or in specific markets. We encourage customers to work with their PC manufacturers to better understand availability.

From Windows 7 Upgrade Option FAQ


Upgrade: How Much Windows 7 Cost

While ordering new computer no one will have a question whether to go with Windows 7 or Windows XP like many people had with Windows Vista but people who have an old PC and not qualify for a free upgrade and considering upgrade will have to pay following cost:

1. To upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium - $119 (full version $199)

2. To upgrade from Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional - $199 (full version $299)

3. To upgrade from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate - $219 (full version $319)

4. Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack - $149.99 – [This comes with a license key that can be entered on as many as three machines and includes both 32-bit and 64-bit versions]


Upgrade: Why Upgrade To Windows 7

1. Top 10 reasons to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7.

Top 10 reasons to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 – Summary:

Reason 1: Get quicker access to all of your stuff using Pin and Jump Lists
Reason 2: Do more and wait less—improvements that can accelerate sleep and resume. More responsive
Reason 3: Better compatibility—works with a larger set of software and devices.
Reason 4: Share files and printers among multiple PCs using HomeGroup—from one Windows 7-based PC to another, you can share files, music, photos, and even printers.
Reason 5: Stay entertained effortlessly—Watch TV shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV
Reason 6: Easily create and share movies—create great looking movies and slideshows
Reason 7: Keeps your PC better protected with fewer interruptions—enjoy fewer system messages and alerts. Better User Account Control, you'll get fewer messages than before (mostly 0 messages).
Reason 8: Touch and tap rather than point and click—Windows 7 makes PCs with touch screens.
Reason 9: Supports more TV, movies, videos, and music in more ways—get photos and more on your home PC with remote streaming
Reason 10: Manage devices more easily—manage printers, cameras, music players, and other devices

2. You can also read the Comparison between Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and the Comparison between Windows 7 editions (Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate)


Upgrade: Should I Upgrade or Clean Install

1. Run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to make sure your PC can run Windows 7,

2. Read about Whether you should upgrade or clean install? My personal suggestion will be a clean install if you can.  

Whether you should upgrade or clean install? summary:

1. Upgrading from Windows XP  to Any Windows 7 - Clean Install

2. Upgrading from same/similar version from Vista to Windows 7  - Upgrade Possible.
[Home Basic to Home Premium, Home Premium to Home Premium, Business to Professional, and Ultimate to Ultimate]

3. Upgrade from any Windows Vista version to Windows 7 Ultimate - Upgrade Possible.

4. Upgrading from 64-bit version to a 32-bit version of Windows or vice versa - Clean Install.


Upgrade: Upgrade Between Version Of Windows 7

Upgrade versions of Windows 7 mean if you want to upgrade from Home Premium to Business or Home Premium to Ultimate or Business to Ultimate.

Interestingly when you install any version of Windows 7 you install everything. Upgrading doesn't mean installing new software. In Windows 7, the software you need comes preinstalled.

Based on your current version of Windows 7 many features may be locked. When you upgrade from one version to another all you need is to purchase an upgrade key and then run Windows Anytime Upgrade online. This tool also allow you to go online and purchase a new upgrade key.

Picture of Windows Anytime Upgrade


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