Options to Upgrade Windows® 7
How to upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista?
Windows 7 was designed to work with today's multi-core processors. All 32-bit versions of Windows 7 could support up to 32 processor cores, while 64-bit versions can support up to 256 processor cores. Commercial servers, workstations, and other high-end PCs may have more than one physical processor. Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate allow two physical processors, providing the best performance on these computers. Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, and Home Premium will recognize only one physical processor. Because of many reasons, you opt to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7. As Windows 7 includes more security essentials and features, you should consider upgrading your current OS to Windows 7.
The upgrading process from Windows Vista to Windows 7 is explained in the following points. They are:
- Upgrading process
- Points to remember
- 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7 to install
In respect to the hardware and your current edition of Windows Vista, you could perform the Upgrade option in Windows 7 installation to upgrade from Windows Vista to an equivalent or higher edition of Windows 7. The upgrading is the most suitable way to obtain Windows 7 on your system, as it keeps your files, settings, and programs from Windows Vista in proper place. The upgrading process also includes new features to the computer. It could help to improve the performance of the computer also.
Points to remember
You need to decide to which version of Windows 7 you want to upgrade Windows Vista. Some versions of Windows could not get upgraded with the installation disc that you are trying to employ. For example, you could not upgrade a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version, or upgrade from a higher edition of Windows, such as Windows Vista Ultimate to a lower edition, such as Windows 7 Home Premium. If this is the case, you'll need to use the Custom option during installation. However, unlike Upgrade, the Custom option does not preserve your files, settings, or programs. You'll need to back up your files and settings before installing Windows 7, restore them after installation is complete and you'll also need to reinstall your programs using the original installation discs or file.
If you're running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista, you could only upgrade to a 32-bit version of Windows 7. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows 7. Otherwise, you'll need to use the Custom option to install Windows 7. Both 32-bit and 64-bit installation discs are included in the Windows 7 package. 64-bit operating systems could hold large amounts of about 4 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory.
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