Windows® 7 Upgrade Issues
With the release of Windows 7, users are perplexed about some common issues regarding the upgrade to the Microsoft's newest operating system. This article is an attempt to bring out some general problems being faced by the users, and their solutions.
IfÂ you're currently running the Windows 7 Ultimate Release Candidate:
From the licensing point of view, your installed copy of Windows is irrelevant. What matters is the sticker on the side of the PC. If you have a Certificate of Authenticity for Windows XP or Windows Vista on that computer (or a certificate of authenticity from a retail copy of Windows that has been assigned to that machine), you're eligibleÂ for an upgrade license to any edition of Windows 7.
As for the installation itself, you are subject to the following technical limitations:
- An upgrade installation is blocked on the RC build (7100). To perform an in-place upgrade, you shouldÂ modify an installation file.
- Because you are running Ultimate edition, you can only go for an in-place upgrade to install Windows 7 Ultimate edition.
You cannot change from Windows 7 x86 (32-bit) to x64 (64-bit) or vice versa. If you’ve been running the 32-bit version and you want to go for 64-bit, you’ll require to perform a custom install.
If you're currently running a licensed copy of Windows Vista Ultimate:
From the licensing point of view, you're eligible for an upgrade license to any edition of Windows 7. As far as installing the upgrade is concerned, that’s another story. You can’t downgrade as part of an installation, so if you decide to switch from Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional, you’ll need to perform a custom installation.
You can upgrade from any lower version to the same edition or a higher one, with some exceptions. So if you’re running Windows Vista Home Premium, you can go for an upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate
Difference between an OEM license, an upgrade license, a full license, and a volume license?
- Volume licenses are sold in bulk to corporate customers, in quantities of five or more at a time. A volume license is available as an upgrade only.
- A full license is sold at retail and is intended for use on a computer that was not sold with Windows originally. The price is quite high.
- An upgrade license is a discounted retail copy of Windows that can only be run on a system that already has an OEM or full license.
- A System Builder OEM license has a much lower discount but is still a pretty good deal with a new PC from a small system builder.
- An OEM Windows license is one that comes with a new system The top 20 manufacturers get insanely great discounts on Windows compared to retail costs. This license is locked to the computer on which it is installed.
Custom installation. Is that the same as a clean install?
Not really. A custom installation enables you to install Windows on a new formatted partition, which is the definition of a clean install. But you can also use a custom installation to set up Windows on a drive that already has Windows installed on it, without removing the previous installation. Your old system and data files go in a folder called Windows.old.
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