How To Upgrade Vista To Windows 7

Haven’t you installed Windows 7 yet? It’s time to move on. Tons of positive reviews have been written on Windows 7 ever since the first beta was released back in January 2009.

One can give a number of reasons on why should a XP or Vista user upgrade to Windows 7. I will be focusing only on Vista to Windows 7 upgrade steps that you need to know before starting the actual upgrade process.


To check the Windows 7 compatibility with your system, please use Windows 7 upgrade advisor. Once you get green signal from Windows 7 upgrade advisor, follow the steps given below.

1. Insert your Windows 7 DVD in the optical (CD/DVD) drive. Click Install Now option once you see the screen. If you have disabled autorun, open the root of the DVD drive (Windows 7 DVD) and run setup.exe file.


You can also use an USB stick to install/upgrade to Windows 7. Refer install windows 7 from USB guide to install/upgrade Windows 7 from USB guide.

2. Once you run the setup, you will see two options:

* Check compatibility online

* Install Now


Since you have already verified the system compatibility using Windows 7 upgrade advisor, you can safely click Install Now button.

3. In the next screen, you will see two options:

* Go online to get the latest update for installation

* Do not get the latest updates for installation

install windows 7 go online option

If you have the latest version of Windows 7, then you need not to check for updates. You can select Do not check for updates if you wish to check for updates post upgrade process.

4. Accept the license agreement (I accept the license agreement) and click Next to continue the procedure.


5. In the next screen again you will see two options:

* Upgrade

* Custom


Here you need to select Upgrade option to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7. Click Next.

6. Once again, Windows will check for the compatibility and will generate the report. If Windows finds any compatibility problems, it will display the problem and will save the report to the desktop. If no incompatibilities are found, Windows 7 Setup will proceed without further interaction

From here onwards, you need to follow the default Windows installation procedure. You can refer Windows 7 installation procedure guide for more details.


  1. Jane Cousens says

    I have a Dell Inspiron 530 with windows vista on it, and have upgraded it to windows 7. It has been fine for months but all of a sudden when you turn it on it says windows is not genuine, but it is.
    Please can you help

  2. WinXP User says

    I have a Toshiba satellite A105 and I really need the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade. I also need office 2010, too. In my opinion, Windows 7 Home Premium will run great on the laptop, but I still have some concerns. Are there compatible drivers? Is Windows 7 gonna work properly? And so on. Help!

  3. says

    Hi help required please
    I have a dell 1545 when i bought this lap top it came with a free update to windows 7 and i installed and have been running this successful until recently, when i have a problem the computer would not start up windows now i have got it fixed i have windows vista on is there any way i can put win7 back on without buying a new one,


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  5. Alicwong says

    I bought my Acer pc 3 years ago and I get the free upgrade cd to window 7. But recently I have formatted my pc but it going back to window vista originally and I can’t go back to window 7. The upgrade cd I had lost it. Is there anyway I can upgraded back to window 7 without having the upgarde cd? Please advise

  6. Vista Frustrating says

    Have eMachinw E625 86x running on Vista Home Basic. Had Bitdefender antivirus, but caused system instability. When installed AVG 11, found out laptop was full of virusses. Tried uninstalling Bitdefender, couldnt & forcefully removed it (not completely, still shortcuts). Wireless, networking etc. stopped working. Tried installing WIn 7 thru DVD bootup, couldnt. Ps help!!!!

  7. Makeityourring says

    Really this is a great post from an expert and thank you very much for sharing this valuable information with us.

  8. Jacqui says

    I recently upgraded my Toshiba Satellite from Win. Vista to Win. 7 and cannot access files, downloads, programs, etc. from my old system. For example: I have a Chicony USB 2.0 web camera in the computer but I can’t use it because the Camera Assistant Software no longer runs. I need help figuring out what I need to do to use old products with the windows 7 system. Please Help???

  9. James says

    I am new at this. Been using Windows Vista for 4 years. 32-bit, 2GB Maximum, Decided not to buy Windows 7. When Windows 8 is released in 2012, can I bypass Window 7 or do I have to install Windows 7 to get to Windows 8? Sounds expensive to me.

  10. Anthony Henning says

    Hi. I have a Dell inspiron 1525 running Vista Home basic. Is there a link where by i can upgrade to Windows 7


  11. Abdul Haseeb O P says

    I bought Thoshiba Satellite Laptop 3 years ago with windows Vista Installed.After 1 year I removed Vista and installed windows 7 ,for which the licence I got from my college(for a period of 2 years of my study).Now I have left the college and officially the license got expired.So what I have to do to update my license.

  12. Nayak says

    i am currently working on vista home basic. i want to upgrade my system to can i do this without having window7 original disk. i want that my windows remain genuine. please reply

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  14. Tom VanDyke says

    My employer has replaced an old Dell system with a new Gateway. I want to use the Microsoft office software from the Dell on the new Gateway (Windows7)….how do I do that? The Dell CDs for Office are not available to reinstall, but I have copied the old C drive to the new system. The old system motherboard has failed and will not be available to use for this effort.

  15. Jeffrey says

    i just got a dell 1525 and it was equipped with windows vista. can i get a free upgrade?

  16. raymond says

    my laptop has a pre installed OS windows vista home premium. i bought it 2 years ago and i upgraded it to windows 7 four months ago. i got problems in updating drivers and software of my HP dv2999ee. im no longer receiving updates from hp after the upgrade. i only receive updates from microsoft. how can i fix this problem?

  17. Matt says


    currently have windows Vista 34bit installed on my rig and i am looking to buy 64 bit home premium edition. Can i upgrade the normal way or is their any complications in updating from 34bit os to 64bit os.

    Also can i keep my existing files when upgrading the OS.


  18. Dharmendra Singh says

    I want to upgrade win vista home premium to win 7 home premium. Can you provide me the license fee which i need to pay for upgrade.

  19. Anita Sandhu says

    Hi, i bought a HP DV9000 On December 27th 2007 (it was either 2007 or 2008, i cant remember :/ ) what can i upgrade to? and if i can upgrade to anything, could you please provide me the links? and is it free?


  20. fryertuck says

    yes i have recently upgraded from vista to windows 7 ultimate but im having hd issues i have a hp laptop it has a TOSHIB DVDW/HD TS-L802A ATA an it wont read an meadia or cds period tried uninstalling then reinstalling tried updates do you know any good fixes for this would much appreciate thanks much an windows 7 is amazing besides the slight issue

  21. Cindi says

    I was given a laptop as a gift and it had a pamphlet that said I could upgrade to windows 7 for free but I have lost the cd that came with it. Can I still upgrade for free and how do I do it without the cd?

  22. Gareth Wheeler says

    I will NEVER buy Windows 7 again.It is the most problematic version ever made. Absolutely appalling.

  23. Hossein says

    can I upgrade my dell os from vista to seven for free using a dell dvd windows 7 re installation disk, does it install a geniue registered copy of window on my system

  24. Valent says

    My NEC Versa S1300 had been installed Vista home basic 32-bit in a hide file of hard disk and hadn’t a original Vista disk. My question is if I buy a Window 7 upgrade disk foe Vista to 7, Can I upgrade to 7 successfully ? And, when my computer once “get error”. Can I use this Upgrade version disk of 7 for reinstall purpose? That is, to format the hard disk when the computer “get error”, then use the upgrade 7 disk to reinstall 7. Because I heard that the upgrade disk is not a complete Window 7 software & can not use it as a fresh installation.

  25. thankachan says

    I had purchased a toshiba laptop windows vista buisiness edition but the cd damage/not working. After I installed widows7. But I cannot update this. So some features are not working. When I call from computer to phone I can hear one side only. (But the computer to computer call sound is both party can hear very good). Can I free update this window7.How can I solve this probem? windows vista orginal cd is not working. Please give your advise.

  26. thankachan says

    I puchased a toshiba laptop vista buisiness edition but the cd is damage/not working. After I installed windows7. Can I update this window7 free. Now some features are not working properly when I call from computer to phone then we can hear one side only.But computer to computer calling is very good sound. How can I solve this problem.

  27. sabeer khan says

    hi i’m using windows vista home premium,i hav bought hp laptop on last year,can i upgrade 2 windows 7,is tis possible?

  28. rishabh bhandari says

    i’m using toshiba m600,i want to know that can i upgrade windows vista bussiness to windows 7 ultimate??

  29. Gary Worsfold says

    Having just done an upgrade from Vista to Win7, search refuses to work, library’s are a mess. Going to go back, backup data, overwrite current install and do a full install of 7 to resolve, and reimport data. I used win7 at home, and think its pretty good, but would expect an upgrade to just work, not need lots of digging around reindexing, opening folders etc to get it to work correctly.

  30. ABHI says

    i would like a to ask that i have win vista home premium 32 bit , i want to upgrade it to win 7 ultimate can it happen? also i have 160 gb hard disk but only 29 gb in local disk c because of that my local disk c remains full. i want to increase it’s space, can i increase?please help .. Thank you.

  31. Balaji says

    am using windows vista(home basic-genuine)and i need to upgrade to win 7,do i need to use the genuine win 7 CD to follow the above steps.

  32. bernard says

    i was told if i bought my acer aspire ax1300 with windows vista home premium 64 bit, addition, after july 2010 i can have free upgrade of windows 7 is this still true thank you.

  33. Calumgreen says

    I bought a computer; this computer in july and i just found out about the windows 7 upgrade option and it says its not available and i really want windows 7!

  34. Comfort Babatola says

    I bought an HP Pavilon Slimline with a Windows Vista home premium Nov. 2009, registerd for the Windows 7 upgrade and got the DVD package, but it got broken during our renovation before I could even get to install it. What do I do? Is it possible to get a new package or an e-copy of it? Thank you.

  35. V.K.Sekharan says

    I have a windows vista home premium to be converted into windows7 home premium and I just received the CD I need assistance and guidance to proceed with the updating process. Can you provide in detain step by step

  36. Jennah says

    I purchased a Toshiba Satellite in 2007 and it has Vista on it and we are trying to upgrade to Windows 7 but with the Toshiba Upgrade Assitant it won’t allow us to so i am scared to proceed with the Windows 7 upgrade incase it stuffs the laptop. Any clues? Thanks in advance.

  37. Susan Barker says

    I purchased my laptop 10/09, with the preface that when Windows 7 was available I would recieve it…THAT IS THE ONLY REASON I DID NOT WAIT UNTIL IT WAS AVAILABLE…I am a loyal HP customer, and jumped thru all the hoops, mailing in registration forms, etc. registering online and I never recieved my discs. I thought maybe it came in the form of updates to my computer, but no. When will I get it? and WHY DIDN’T I GET IT?

  38. Mani Krishnan says

    Can u pls assist me with the upgrade for Hp Laptop Pvilion Dv 6500. I have vista Ultimate. I want to upgrade to Win 7. Also it ll be good if u provide me the link to download the win 7 os

  39. Emma says

    Hello, I have just upgraded to Windows 7 from Vista. Now my slide bar on the touch pad of my laptop does not work and on the battery icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen it says ‘consider replacing battery’ and the charge does not hold for overly long. Has this got anything to do with the upgrade or not?, If it does can I go back to Vista? Thanks.

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