Upgrading To Windows 7

Uploaded by itfreetraining on 25.08.2011

Welcome back to IT Free training series for Windows 7, our free gift to you. If you are
all ready have a computer running Windows you may want to upgrade to Windows 7. Upgrading
allows you to keep all your existing settings and saves you having to reinstall your applications.
If you perform a clean install of Windows 7, you will need to re-install your applications
and copy over your settings. This is called a migration. This is more time consuming then
simply upgrading. When you purchase a upgrade license you purchase the right to upgrade
your operating system. This can be done either by a clean install or upgrading an existing
install. When you perform a clean install, setup will ask for your previous key to ensure
that you are entitled to an upgrade. If you want to perform an upgrade you need
to meet a few perquisites. Firstly you must be running Windows vista with service pack
1 or service pack 2. If you are running Windows XP there is no upgrade path to Windows 7.
You will need to perform a migration or a work around is to upgrade to Windows Vista
first and then upgrade to Windows 7. Also when upgrading you must upgrade to the
same architecture. A 32 bit version of Windows Vista can only be upgraded to a 32 bit version
of Windows 7. Also a 64 bit version of Windows Vista can only be upgraded to a 64 bit version
of Windows 7. Before you start the upgrade process you should
check that your hardware and software is compatible with Windows 7. It is a good idea to check
with the manufacture of each device and software product. They may have released updates for
Windows 7. You can also run the upgrade advisor supplied by Microsoft. This will identify
any known software or hardware problems with the upgrade to Windows 7.
When upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows Vista, you must upgrade to an equivalent edition
or a greater edition. The following upgrades are supported. Most of the editions of Windows
7 have the an edition with the same name. The exception to this is the Windows Vista
Business edition. The best match to this on Windows 7 is the Professional edition.
You will notice in some literature states that you can for example upgrade from Windows
Vista Premium to Windows 7 Professional, but in this table you will see that you cannot.
Once you are running Windows 7, you are free to upgrade to any editions of Windows 7 as
long as it has more features. So I would suggest that if you purchase and upgrade, read very
careful l what you can upgrade to. Maybe the upgrade allows you to upgrade to a certain
edition of Windows 7, but does not support an in place upgrade. This essentially means
you would have to perform a clean install. Read careful what the upgrade and upgrade
to and if it supports an in place upgrade. Once you are running Windows 7 however, you
are free to upgrade to any edition of Windows 7 as long as it has more features. Later in
the video I will have a look at how to do that, but first let's have a look at how to
upgrade a Windows Vista system to Windows 7.
Before starting the upgrade I am going to go to the Microsoft web site and download
the Windows 7 upgrade advisor. The advisor is simple to install and can be installed
on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 both on the 32 bit and 64 bit versions. Simply
run the setup program and accept all the prompts. Later on I will look at upgrading between
different editions of Windows 7. If you are planning to do this, the upgrade advisor can
be run on a Windows 7 computer as well. Once installed, I can run the upgrade advisor
from the start menu. Note on the welcome screen the message connect and turn on all of your
devices. If you have any USB devices like printers, scanner etc you should connect these
up so the upgrade advisor can see if there are any potential problems. Remember that
when you use the upgrade advisor, it can only alert you to problems it knows about. Still,
that is better than nothing. Once I press the button start check, the upgrade
advisor will start checking my system for problems. The process does take a few minutes
so I will skip forward to the end. At the top you can see the upgrade advisor will tell
you what editions of Windows 7 you can upgrade to. It also gives you a link giving you more
information about the editions that you can upgrade to.
Notice also the upgrade advisor has highlighted there is only 1 gigabyte of RAM in the computer.
For best performance with 64 bit you should have 2 gigabytes. This is not a show stopper
in this case as you can run Windows 7 with 1 gigabyte of RAM, however you should take
note of the recommendation as upgrading a poorly spec system may result in having a
very sluggish computer after the upgrade. Notice the next warning is telling me I need
more free space. Before I attempt an upgrade I am going to have to free up some space or
install a bigger hard disk. The next message is an information message telling me that
some features in Windows Vista are not available in Windows 7. There are other products available
from Microsoft to replace these. For example you can download Windows live mail to replace
Microsoft mail which is no longer included in Windows 7.
The next section shows devices and whether they are compatible or not. These devices
I know work with Windows 7. If you have a device that appears in here, you should check
with the manufacture of that device to ensure they have a driver for Windows 7.
Down the bottom of the screen you can see a list of programs that the upgrade advisor
has checked. Now that the system has been checked I can insert the Windows DVD into
the system to upgrade Windows vista to Windows 7. Don't worry about the warning about limited
hard disk space, I paused the video and freed some up while you won't looking.
Remember that, when upgrading you must run the setup from the operating system you are
upgrading from. You can't boot from the DVD. If I insert the DVD, launch the setup and
then start the upgrade all I need to do is select install now.
Once the setup starts, you will notice that there is a different screen not included when
booting from the DVD, thumb drive or running the setup from the network. The upgrade will
allow you to download updates from Microsoft before starting the upgrade.
I would recommend selecting the option go online to get the latest upgrades for installation.
If you have a buggy driver it may cause your upgrade to fail. Before your first successful
login to Windows 7, you have the option to roll back to Windows Vista, but it is best
to apply the updates first to maximize the success of your upgrade.
Next I will need to accept the license and on the next screen I can select the option
upgrade. Since I ran setup from the operating system that I want to upgrade from this option
will work. On the next screen Windows will check the system for compatibility problems.
You can see that I get a message telling me that ultimate extras has been discontinued
in Windows 7. Once I press next, Windows will start the upgrade process. This does take
a long time to complete so I will pause the video.
Once Windows has finished coping over the install files, programs and settings, it will
reboot and ask you for a license key. I like to deselect the option automatically activate
Windows when I'm online. If this option is ticked Windows will attempt to automatically
active itself with Microsoft in 3 days. Otherwise you need to perform this step manually however
you have 30 days to perform this step. If something goes wrong in the 30 days you can
perform a reinstall with out plenty. On the next screen you can decide how automatic
updates will be installed. In this case I will select the recommended settings. On the
next screen you need to set the date, time and time zone. For security in Windows 7 to
work correctly, particular if you are going to put Windows 7 into a domain, these settings
need to be set correctly. Finally I get to decide which firewall profile should be used
for my network card. This computer will be put into a domain so I will select the option
work. Once selected, Windows will finalized its settings before you are presented with
a login screen. If you are happy with the upgrade login. If you think something when
wrong you have the option to roll back the upgrade, just remember, once you login to
Windows for the first time, you will not be able to roll back the upgrade.
Using Windows 7 in place upgrade allows you to upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista.
However you may not be able to upgrade directly to the edition of Windows 7 that you want.
Windows 7 has the ability to upgrade from one edition to anther as long as the edition
you are upgrading to has more features. Using any time upgrade will allow you to upgrade
to an edition of Windows 7 that you can't upgrade directly to. For example, you could
upgrade from Windows Vista Home premium to Windows 7 professional by first upgrading
to Windows 7 home premium and then performing an any time upgrade to Windows 7 professional.
This of course does mean that you have to purchase two upgrades. One from Windows vista
to Windows 7 and another from Windows 7 premium to Windows 7 professional. Remember however,
when upgrading between different editions of Windows 7, you can't change the architecture
of the operating system. In other words, using anytime upgrade does not provide an upgrade
path from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 7 64 bit. To perform that kind of upgrade you need
to perform a clean install and then copy over your settings.
To demonstrate how to use the Windows any time upgrade, I will now switch to a computer
running Windows 7 premium edition. First of all, you need to run Windows anytime upgrade
from the start menu. From the first screen of the wizard you get the option to enter
in an upgrade key if you have one. If you do not have a key, you can select the option
go online to choose the edition of Windows 7 that's best for you.
At the top of the screen, you can see that I am currently running Windows 7 home premium
edition. This gives me the option to upgrade to the professional edition or the ultimate
edition using Windows any time upgrade. If you want to know more about the edition you
are upgrading to, you can select the tab at the top. These will give you more information
about the professional edition and ultimate edition. When you are ready, press the buy
button and complete the payment wizard. I won't go through the upgrade process, however
it is a simple wizard and may only take 10 minutes to complete.
This completes upgrading to Windows 7. In the next video I will look at installing Windows
7 from the network which is a good choice when you have a lot of Windows 7 installs
to perform.