Upgrade to Win7

I have Win 7 64-bit Professional running very well on my i7-920 computer, and am very satisfied with it.

For my other computers, I was looking at this product:

I read some of the feedback, and one poster stated that the upgrade will work for XP and Vista computers, but not for Vista Business OS.

Does anyone have more information on this? One laptop and one desktop are running on Vista Business OS. By virtue of these being Vista Bus OS, does it preclude them as being used as home personal computers? Is there something in the Vista Bus OS that restricts this?

Thank you in advance for your replies.
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    Your going to do clean installs,Right ?
  2. You must have a genuine copy of either Windows XP or Vista running on the machines you wish to upgrade in order to use Family Pack

    Processor Required

    1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

    Memory Required

    1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

    Hard disk

    16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)

    Video card

    DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or later driver


    Additional requirements to use certain features:

    Internet access (fees may apply)

    Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware

    For some Windows Media Center functionality a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required

    Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware

    HomeGroup requires a network and PCs running Windows 7

    DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive

    Music and sound require audio output

    Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware
  3. SR-71 Blackbird said:

    Thanks area51!

    This is the package that I linked in my question. And I did read the features and feedback. It say Win XP or Vista; no mention of Vista Business. And, one poster stated that computers running Win Vista Business cannot be upgraded. That's why I posted this question here.
  4. Yes, the computers mentioned are all running genuine Windows packages; but, Vista Business, not plain Jane Vista.
  5. The upgrade issue is with Vista Business.

    Someone stated that the 3-licence family upgrade package will not work for Vista Business.
  6. You have a valid vista install so you should will have no issues , because you will do a clean install when you are prompted!
  7. Depending on your hardware and your current edition of Windows Vista, you can use the Upgrade option during Windows 7 installation to upgrade from Windows Vista to a corresponding or higher edition of Windows 7. For more information, see Windows 7 system requirements.

    Upgrading is the most convenient way to get Windows 7 on your computer, because it keeps your files, settings, and programs from Windows Vista in place.

    If your current edition of Windows Vista can't be upgraded to the edition of Windows 7 that you want to use, you can still install Windows 7 by using the Custom installation option instead. However, the Custom option doesn't preserve your files, programs, or settings. For a step-by-step tutorial on how to perform a custom installation, see Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 (custom installation).
    Make sure that your programs and devices will work with Windows 7

    Since your computer is running Windows Vista, it meets the system requirements for Windows 7. We still recommend that you download and run the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor webpage. It helps find potential issues with your computer's hardware, devices, or programs that might affect installing Windows 7, and gives recommendations on what to do.

    Also, go to the Windows 7 Compatibility Center on the Microsoft website to see what works with Windows 7 and find direct links to drivers, updates, and downloads.
  8. My OS that I am referring to is "Vista Business".

    I know that the upgrade will work for XP or Vista; there is no specific mention of Vista Business. And, I don't like to assume that since the upgrade will work on Vista, it will work on Vista Business.

    If the Microsoft site would say "All versions of Vista" I agree; but it does not state that, and one poster cautioned that the upgrade will NOT work on Vista Business (other versions are ok).
  9. Best answer

    Here is the Yes answer from Microsoft site

    So I can purchase just the Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium, Upgrade Version and just do a custom install? Are the instructions pretty easy to follow? The only upgrade I've ever done is from XP to Vista when I received my laptop (it came with XP installed and they gave me a CD to upgrade to Vista if I wanted to).

    Yes, its straightforward, simply boot to your Windows Vista Business desktop, insert the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade DVD, click Install Now. When the setup menu appears, select Custom (advanced) to initiate a clean install procedure.
  10. ignore what they say about you cant do it

    they say you cannot upgrade but what you want to do is an install and upgrade migrates your settings

    just put disk in then cutom on an upgrade disk then install as normal

    if you are doing it on a brand new computer with preveious os installed there is a .reg file work around

    install windows as normal then double click reg file, then you can activate windows as normal

    pm for details becasue im not sure about the rules on posting links to files
  11. Frankly, I don't trust upgrades. Generally I think it's better to just get OEM copies and reformat your PC. So much junk piles up over time that it's really just best to do a nice fresh install. Besides you already have all of your files backed up anyway I'm sure :).

    Complexity is the enemy.
  12. Best answer selected by Ubrales.
  13. Thank you area51!
  14. Your Welcome glad to help!
  15. 11796pcs said:
    Frankly, I don't trust upgrades. Generally I think it's better to just get OEM copies and reformat your PC. So much junk piles up over time that it's really just best to do a nice fresh install. Besides you already have all of your files backed up anyway I'm sure :).

    Complexity is the enemy.

    You have a very good point that most users overlook!
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