Upgrade vista to windows 7
Technology is something that rapidly changes and older technologies wear off. Computer operating systems are also needed to be upgraded to newer ones in order to access the latest technology. Whenever Microsoft® Windows® introduces new operating system; it offers its existing customers an easy upgrade. Some important factors that could help you upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows® 7 are discussed in the article. This would help you have a better knowledge before you upgrade your system. This article includes the following:
- Upgrading Microsoft® Windows Vista® to Windows® 7
- Windows® Upgrade Advisor
- Common Issues in upgrading and tips to resolve
Upgrading Microsoft® Windows Vista® to Windows® 7
The most convenient way to get Windows 7 installed on your computer is to upgrade your Windows Vista® system to Windows® 7. It is easy and convenient as it will keep all the user data in place where it actually resides. In addition, it will keep the user settings untouched.
Windows® upgrade Advisor
Before upgrading the system, it is advised that you may install Windows® 7 upgrade advisor. The Windows® upgrade Advisor helps check the hardware for its compatibility with the Windows® 7 operating system. In addition, it is also used to identify any potential issues that might occur during the upgrading. Once you’ve made sure that the system and the programs installed in the system are compatible with the Windows® 7, you’re ready to upgrade to Windows® 7.
Users can’t upgrade 32-bit operating system to a 64-bit operating system; similarly you cannot upgrade a higher version of Windows® to a newer version which is technically lower. For example you cannot upgrade Windows Vista® Ultimate to Windows® 7 Home Premium. For such issues, it is advised to use custom options during installation. However, unlike upgrade, the custom option does not save user data and setting or programs. This issue can also be resolved easily by creating backups for your data. Once the Windows® 7 installation is complete, you can easily restore data to the system. For upgrading an earlier operating system than Windows® XP, you would need to purchase the full version of Windows® 7 and perform a custom installation.
There are some other issues too that different users might face during the upgrading process. It may be unexpected system reboot or system shutdown. These issues might occur due to third party software which disables the computer from installing Windows® 7.
A common problem faced by many during the upgrading of Windows Vista® to Windows® 7 is the upgrade failure message “This version of Windows could not be installed, Your previous version of Windows® has been restored, and you can continue to use it”. Whereas, as the next reboot will re-launch the upgrade process ending with the same message. The cause of this problem is that, the Windows Vista® has been restored in the computer but the Boot Configuration Database store had not edited to restore Windows Vista® as a default booting operating system. To resolve this issue, the user must select Windows Vista® instead Windows® 7 setup when he/ she sees the boot entry menu. Following are the steps to further help the user resolve the issue.
Insert Windows Vista® Media into the drive and exit the set-up when it is launched.
Click ‘Start’ menu go to ‘Accessories’ and right-click ‘Command prompt’ icon, then click ‘Run as Administrator’.
Further type the following command in the command prompt and press enter: “DRIVE: boot Bootsect.exe/NT60 All”
The drive in the above command is the path to the Windows Vista® installation media. Once this step is completed you may restart your computer.