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  • Question

  • I'm planning on buying Windows 7 and install it in my Laptop. I have Windows Vista at the moment, I have two questions,

    1) If I buy Windows 7 and install it, do I have to uninstall Windows Vista first? Or does it uninstall automatically when I install Windows 7? 

    2) Is it possible to install Windows 7 and keep every program and file in my laptop without having to save it in an external drive and then transfer everything back to my laptop hard drive?


    Friday, December 4, 2009 11:39 PM


  • 1. Vista will uninstall automatically.
    2. If you do an in place upgrade, yes. (but you should still backup your files just in case something goes wrong - which is rare)

    If you are running Windows Vista , in some cases you can in place upgrade directly to Windows 7 and in other cases you will need to perform a custom installation. The following table shows which editions of Windows Vista can be in place upgraded to Windows 7.

    If you're running this edition of Windows Vista

    You can in place upgrade to this edition of Windows 7

    Windows Vista Home Basic

    Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Ultimate

    Windows Vista Home Premium

    Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Ultimate

    Windows Vista Business

    Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate

    Windows Vista Ultimate

    Windows 7 Ultimate

    For more information, see Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 . (http://windows.microsoft.com/upgrade-windows-vista )
    You can't in place upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit , a clean install is required. If you have questions about upgrading 32-bit to 64-bit or vice versa please see this FAQ: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows-frequently-asked-questions
    If you have general questions about reinstalling Windows please see this site:

    Friday, December 4, 2009 11:55 PM