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A New and Improved Windows 7 Upgrade Chart

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 24 comments

These are the ways you can upgrade to Windows 7.

Those of you still running on Windows XP will have to do a clean install of Windows 7 if you wish to move to the new and shiny OS this fall. If you're using Windows Vista, however, you have a decent chance of being able to do an in-place upgrade. Of course, the ease of that depends on the version you're running and the one that you wish to install, which leads to an upgrade-compatibility chart.

The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg received a compatibility chart from Microsoft, plotting out each possible upgrade path from a previous version of Windows to the upcoming release, but unfortunately the chart he received was unnecessarily complicated and convoluted.

Fortunately, ZDNet blogger Ed Bott took it upon himself to fix the chart into something infinitely more sensible and readable, which is included below.

 

Which upgrade path will you be taking?

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    kawininjazx , August 7, 2009 2:39 PM
    Fresh install for me, I'm gonna get Home Premium. It's always a good time to reload windows.
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    duckmanx88 , August 7, 2009 2:47 PM
    i'm just going to keep enjoying vista until I buy a new PC. I don't want to spend $50-$100 on whats just a few improvements on Vista. please prove to me what drastic changes you saw from Vista of right now to Windows 7.
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    Aoster87 , August 7, 2009 3:03 PM
    I wish I could upgrade to the OEM Windows 7 straight from the RC =/
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    starsurfer56 , August 7, 2009 3:14 PM
    Any benefits to doing a clean install vs. upgrade when going from vista ultimate64 to win7 ultimate 64? other than just keeping my files...
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    zelannii , August 7, 2009 3:32 PM
    No mention on upgrading from EE to any version... :(  gonna have to do some digging.

    Either way I'm likely going from 32bit Vista to 64bit on 7, so clean install is required, but I have a few other machines I'll likely upgrade from Vista or XP to Premium ed of 7.

    Fortunately, I'm an action pack subscriber, so I get Windows 7, Office 2010, and more (10 copies of each, 1 copy of Ultimate) for free :D 

    That $300 a year is REALLY paying off...
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    ozric , August 7, 2009 3:39 PM
    According to the chart, a Windows Vista user will not be able to do a clean install to Windows 7 Ultimate, Is this the case ? Will there be an option to install either way for Ultimate users ?
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    Firehead2k , August 7, 2009 4:05 PM
    "complicated and convoluted" vs. "infinitely more sensible and readable"
    Seriously, wtf. Did you actually take a look at the original and the derivative? The difference is the derivative doesn't make a distinction between 32bit and 64it Versions, and clusters the blocks together.
    Thats it.
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    fausto , August 7, 2009 4:10 PM
    fresh install for me, don't know the differences between the editions....anyone have an article discussing this?
    i'm going 64 bit for sure though...use all my ram for once
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    eklipz330 , August 7, 2009 4:33 PM
    damn so i cant upgrade from RC? wth..i dont want to spend an unnecessary amount on an OS...
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    marraco , August 7, 2009 4:40 PM
    stupidly copmplex. more free food for "I´m PC I´m mac" stupidity.
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    spanspace , August 7, 2009 4:49 PM
    I was going to get Win7 Pro. But now thats its a clean install from vista ultimate I may have to go win7 ultimate. Good thing my friends brother in law works for them.
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    Anonymous , August 7, 2009 5:23 PM
    My upgrade path is even more simple, no chart required: Leopard -> Snow Leopard. $30.
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    greenspoon , August 7, 2009 5:27 PM
    The chart from Microsoft is not only easy to read, but contain more information. Anyone that has trouble reading it needs to go back to Math 101 and learn how to read charts.
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    sailfish , August 7, 2009 6:01 PM
    It's not improved. I'm still required to re-install, erm, "Custom Install" if going from Vista Ultimate to Professional. The forced loss in customers productivity caused by this in simply inane on Microsoft's part. Plus, the "teaching Moment" in all this is that I'm paying an extra penalty for allowing myself to get duped into getting Ultimate in the first place.
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    captaincharisma , August 7, 2009 6:18 PM
    upgrading is a horrible option really. would be such a mess where almost anything can go wrong
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    seerwan , August 7, 2009 6:54 PM
    ill b moving from XP Pro to Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit...
    I'm going all the way!
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    viometrix , August 7, 2009 7:23 PM
    duckmanx88i'm just going to keep enjoying vista until I buy a new PC. I don't want to spend $50-$100 on whats just a few improvements on Vista. please prove to me what drastic changes you saw from Vista of right now to Windows 7.


    ummm what i saw is EVERYTHING, I MEAN EVERYTHING... runs faster and smoother, oh and not to mention no crashes or bloat... but you go ahead the way you are.... i so love computer iliterate uneducated people talking like they know their stuff.... but i guess you havent read one of the many of thousands of articles about how much better win 7 is...especially in 64 bit
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    Anonymous , August 7, 2009 7:59 PM
    Mac upgrade chart: http://tumbl.strelau.net/post/156605288/upgrading-to-os-x-snow-leopard
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    duckmanx88 , August 7, 2009 11:43 PM
    VioMeTriXummm what i saw is EVERYTHING, I MEAN EVERYTHING... runs faster and smoother, oh and not to mention no crashes or bloat... but you go ahead the way you are.... i so love computer iliterate uneducated people talking like they know their stuff.... but i guess you havent read one of the many of thousands of articles about how much better win 7 is...especially in 64 bit


    yet you don't cite these articles. i have win7 RC on my laptop. does everything the same as vista with the exception of using 25% less memory. vista hasn't crashed on me. runs fast and smooth. please fanboy go elsewhere. insane how new users come on TH and say a person is computer illiterate even if they hate or like vista.
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    Anonymous , August 8, 2009 1:09 AM
    I keep on using my XP,and only buy a new pc when 7 is out and working on them!
    But for now XP is good enough for my notebook, not to mention some devices I have are not yet compatible
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