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
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:
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.