Upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista dual boot

By Xander_25 ·
I have Windows Vista 32 and 64 bit installed on my HP laptop as a dual boot option and I want to upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit. Is there any way this could be done as an upgrade option or would I have to do a clean install? Would I lose any of my programs and settings? And how would I go about doing it if possible?

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edited by poster eom

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Upgrade to Windows 7 from ...
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You'll need to tell us which version of Vista you have

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Upgrade to Windows 7 from ...

And what version of 7 you want to go to here so we can tell you what is possible.

But in the meantime here is the Upgrade Path for Windows 7


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Vista Versions....

by Xander_25 In reply to You'll need to tell us wh ...

Oops... sorry, forgot to mention that. I've got Vista Ultimate both ways, and I want to go to Windows 7 Ultimate of course...

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Bad news then

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Vista Versions....

M$ doesn't have a Upgrade Path for this you need to reinstall from scratch.

Got to love M$ on that one.


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Don't do it!

by Spitfire_Sysop In reply to Upgrade to Windows 7 from ...

Good news! There is no reason to keep a 32-bit system around once you have Win7. Just download the "XP-Mode" from M$. It's free and it runs a 32-bit environment within a virtual machine.

Even if you could upgrade, I wouldn't want to. I generally don't put 2 M$ OS on one hard drive. I have before and I know it "works" but it's just an ugly mess.

As far as the registry and programs, don't you already have 2 complete sets?

Just backup and start over. You will be pleased with the new Win7 with XP mode from a clean install.

It is easiest if you have an external drive. You can actually copy the whole "program files" directory and export a .REG file and then import the .REG file into your new install. As long as all the paths to your files are the same, most programs won't need an install. Let me know if you want more information about this approach.

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upgrade to window 7

by techno_mark In reply to Upgrade to Windows 7 from ...

Basic requirements to run Windows 7?

Processor Intel? Core? 2 Extreme processor QX9650

Frequency Quad-Core 3.0 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB

Microarchitecture Intel? Core? microarchitecture

Motherboard ASUS* P5E3 Deluxe

Motherboard BIOS ASUS P5E3 beta 0504

Cache 12 MB of total L2 cache

Memory Size 2 GB (2 x 1GB DIMMs) Corsair* DDR3-1333 (9-9-9-24)

Chipset Inf File Intel? Chipset Software Installation File

Hard Disk Seagate Baracuda* 320GB SATA 7200RPM

Hard Disk Driver Intel? Matrix Storage Manager

Video Controller/Bus nVidia Geforce* 8800 GTX

Video Memory Size/Type 768 MB GDDRIII

Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista* Ultimate 32-bit, Build 6000, NTFS

Video Driver Revision nVidia Forceware* 163.69

Graphics 1024 x 1024 resolution, 32-bit color
if your meet this requirement you can upgrade any of the version of window vista either it is 32 bit or 64 bit to window 7

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What colour is the sky on your planet ?? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to upgrade to window 7

When you get back to Earth you ought to check your facts.

We tend to not use SQUARE "Graphics 1024 x 1024 resolution," monitors.

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Not required

by Spitfire_Sysop In reply to What colour is the sky on ...

He also listed specific brands as a "requirement"?

Let's not be confusing, you don't need a quad core or an Intel chip to run Win 7. You could run it on a nice dual core AMD just as easily. Win 7 also doesn't care if you use DDR2 or 3, neither does it require a certain speed.

I use a dual core chip and 8GB DDR2 800, Win 7 runs smoking fast on my system.

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Also he listed way to little RAM

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Not required

Sure Win 7 will run with 2 GIG but the user will not be happy considering the High End CPU listed.


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The listed Forceware driver is over 2 years old ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Also he listed way to lit ...

Which doesn't exactly inspire me with much confidence as to how 'current' this bloke's supposed knowledge is.

Mind you, travelling at the speed of light can do that - we've all aged while he remains just about the same. :^0

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