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Upgrade options from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7

    Question

  • I already pre-ordered 7 Pro. Currently I'm running Vista Home Premium but I ran across this information below: ....I'm assuming, according to this, that I can NOT upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro? Only 7 Premium and Ultimate. Is this actually correct?  I can't imagine why I couldn't upgrade from Vista Premium to Windows 7 Pro. I don't particularly want to do a Win7 Pro clean install because of all my drivers. Wouldn't many of my current drivers have to be updated with a clean install? Thanks!  LEE

    Supported Upgrade Paths to Window 7 Without doing a Clean Install:

    Windows Vista Home Basic (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate
    • Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Home Premium and Ultimate
    • Windows Vista Business (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate
    • Windows Vista Enterprise (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Windows Vista Ultimate (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Ultimate
    Wednesday, July 08, 2009 3:40 PM

Answers

  • Yes, you can upgrade to Windows 7 Pro.
    If you run the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor you will get a message like the following which means you just have to do a "clean" install to Pro. If you're running 32bit then the message below would show "32-bit".

    You can do an in-place upgrade to 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate.
    If you choose to upgrade to a different edition you will need to perform a clean
    installation.
    Go online (URL below) to see detailed instructions about how to upgrade.

    Personally, I prefer a clean install over an upgrade regardless of edition.
    Wednesday, July 08, 2009 3:51 PM
  • I already pre-ordered 7 Pro. Currently I'm running Vista Home Premium but I ran across this information below: ....I'm assuming, according to this, that I can NOT upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro? Only 7 Premium and Ultimate. Is this actually correct?  I can't imagine why I couldn't upgrade from Vista Premium to Windows 7 Pro. I don't particularly want to do a Win7 Pro clean install because of all my drivers. Wouldn't many of my current drivers have to be updated with a clean install? Thanks!  LEE

    Supported Upgrade Paths to Window 7 Without doing a Clean Install:

    Windows Vista Home Basic (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate
    • Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Home Premium and Ultimate
    • Windows Vista Business (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate
    • Windows Vista Enterprise (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Windows Vista Ultimate (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Ultimate
    Hi leelord

    Go ahead and order the Windows 7 Home Premium and perform the upgrade from Vista.

    If you find that you would rather have the Windows 7 Pro, you can use the Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade to the W7 Pro version from W7 Home Premium. Doing it this way would only cost 10.00 more than the W7 Pro upgrade version, 90.00 less than the full version and you would get what you wanted.

    Windows 7 Professional Full version = 300.00
    Windows 7 Professional Upgrade = 200.00

    Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade = 120.00
    Windows 7 Professional Anytime Upgrade = 90.00

    Windows Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack Pricing - Windows 7 Team Blog

    Windows 7 features - Windows Anytime Upgrade

    Upgrade to another edition of Windows 7 by using Windows Anytime Upgrade

    Windows Anytime Upgrade - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Hope this helps

    Thank You for using Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Sunday, September 20, 2009 12:10 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Yes, you can upgrade to Windows 7 Pro.
    If you run the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor you will get a message like the following which means you just have to do a "clean" install to Pro. If you're running 32bit then the message below would show "32-bit".

    You can do an in-place upgrade to 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate.
    If you choose to upgrade to a different edition you will need to perform a clean
    installation.
    Go online (URL below) to see detailed instructions about how to upgrade.

    Personally, I prefer a clean install over an upgrade regardless of edition.
    Wednesday, July 08, 2009 3:51 PM
  • I am sure it is the same as Vista and will make you do a clean install if you go to PRO. I am doing 2 PC's for an Ortho clinic right now and Vista Buisness Pro will not upgrade Vista Premium because there are items in Win Premium that cause conflicts with business edition but I am able to go to Ultimate with inplace upgrade. I would say almost all your drivers will be available even on clean install but you will still want to download latest video card drivers.
    Tim Comes
    Wednesday, July 08, 2009 6:23 PM
  • Thanks.  yes I ran the Upgrade Advisor which caused me to do further research and post my question.  I think what I'm going to do is change my order back to 7 Home Premium and decide later whether to do an upgrade or clean install from the disk. 
    Thursday, July 09, 2009 1:19 AM
  • Thanks for the information.  Yes probably so, being I currently have Vista Home if I were to attempt an upgrade to 7 Pro I would have to do a clean install.  Originally all I wanted was to upgrade to Home Edition 7 with minimum problems.  Meaning driver problems.  So what I'm going to do is revert my order back to Home Premium 7 and decide later rather to do an upgrade or clean install from the disk.  Thanks again.

    Thursday, July 09, 2009 1:22 AM
  • I agree with Tim.  Windows 7 installs easily with a clean install.  I cannot get Windows RC 32 bit to upgrade anything.  Once installed though, Win 7 has the crisp looks, feel and current driver updates like Vista with the speed and stability of Windows XP Pro.  Everyone has their own opinion but I feel in time this could be the best OS yet. People hated Win Me after 98SP2 and Vista after Win XP Pro but Win 7 could be the best one yet.
    Thursday, July 23, 2009 1:15 PM
  • Hi All,
    In a way I have simalar problems, I have purchased the upgrade disc for Windows  7 Pro, now I am running 7 RC. When I go to upgrade will I have to re-install my Vista in order to update? Also I had Vista Ultimate on my computer prior to installing the 7 RC, will this give me a problem when trying to update to 7 PRO? I don't have a problem doing a clean install of 7 Pro but how or what am I going to have to do to get the upgrade on my PC?
    I just downloaded the Windows 7 Enterprise 90 day trail, if I install it can I upgrade some how from there?
    Thanks,
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 4:10 PM
  • Okay...I guess I'm in the same boat as some and whant to make sure about this.  My apologies if this is just beating a dead horse!

    I'm currently running Vista 32bit Ultimate.  On amazon, I pre-purchased an upgrade version for Windows 7 Pro.  From what I'm learning here, an actual "upgrade" will not be possible.  But I could use the upgrade DVD if I were to do a clean install?  Is that correct?  I don't mind doing a clean install...but I want to make sure I understand all this correctly.

    Thanks to all!
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 11:10 PM
  • I already pre-ordered 7 Pro. Currently I'm running Vista Home Premium but I ran across this information below: ....I'm assuming, according to this, that I can NOT upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro? Only 7 Premium and Ultimate. Is this actually correct?  I can't imagine why I couldn't upgrade from Vista Premium to Windows 7 Pro. I don't particularly want to do a Win7 Pro clean install because of all my drivers. Wouldn't many of my current drivers have to be updated with a clean install? Thanks!  LEE

    Supported Upgrade Paths to Window 7 Without doing a Clean Install:

    Windows Vista Home Basic (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate
    • Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Home Premium and Ultimate
    • Windows Vista Business (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate
    • Windows Vista Enterprise (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Windows Vista Ultimate (SP1, SP2) to Windows 7 Ultimate
    Hi leelord

    Go ahead and order the Windows 7 Home Premium and perform the upgrade from Vista.

    If you find that you would rather have the Windows 7 Pro, you can use the Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade to the W7 Pro version from W7 Home Premium. Doing it this way would only cost 10.00 more than the W7 Pro upgrade version, 90.00 less than the full version and you would get what you wanted.

    Windows 7 Professional Full version = 300.00
    Windows 7 Professional Upgrade = 200.00

    Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade = 120.00
    Windows 7 Professional Anytime Upgrade = 90.00

    Windows Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack Pricing - Windows 7 Team Blog

    Windows 7 features - Windows Anytime Upgrade

    Upgrade to another edition of Windows 7 by using Windows Anytime Upgrade

    Windows Anytime Upgrade - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Hope this helps

    Thank You for using Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Sunday, September 20, 2009 12:10 AM
    Moderator
  • I just orderd the 7 Ultimate upgrade and I ran the upgrade advisor that stated what Keith said. I have a 32 bit vista home premium oem but I want to install the Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit when I get it, am I all good? Should I have pre orderd the FULL version?
    Sunday, September 27, 2009 9:15 AM
  • I have in home 2 computers based on Vista x86 Home Premium (one laptop HP) and one computer based on Vista x64 Ultimate. I see Family Update to Windows 7 - $149.99 (sensed price - 3 licenses - not in Europe). All systems legal activated. I wan't update my all comps to Windows 7 with this pack. Problem is one - 2 comps x86 Premium & one x64 Ultimate. It's possible upgrade with Familly Pack my All computers to identical based 7?
    Vista=more RAM consumption, super turttle (at longer using ) and in my Ultimate Version = big price. New System - ver 7 this is better final version Vista. For me - its not bugged Windows 6.1 (Good Vista on new kernel based). I buy 2 windows (Premium & Ultimate, 1 preinstalled in laptop) and nerve - cannot chance automatically upgrade to Win 7! Only buy, buy and buy. Vista isn't revell. Typical in order to forget about it unfortunately not very sensational system - a possibility would be useful to a much cheap revision for all Vista users! Profits only! Up to it I bought Ultimate - a much cheaper possibility of the update was supposed to be to iidentical of Windows 7 version. I understand - nothing for free - but why the Microsoft favours only users in the interim period? I know it still from XP - it was identically. Damage - quite a lot of users can become discouraged from such a politics.
    Far more it is possible to make a profit respecting and caring for all legal users. Much minimum price of the upgrade = faster passing on the new system and forgetting about what was. I tested Windows 7 Ultimate x 64 RC and the pose with lack of the possibility of Classic Menu (more efficient navigation) I can see very positives! New (beta!) ver. = better stability, i don't see BSOD, minimum consumption RAM etc. MICROSOFT - very please for the lower price of the upgrade! Net profit only!

    Sorry - my English - is not revell.......
    Monday, October 26, 2009 6:10 PM