How to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7

How to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7

This post provides instructions on how to perform an in-place upgrade of Windows Vista to Windows 7, preserving your personal files, settings, and applications.

For most users, an in-place upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 will be just an intermediate step towards a later version of Windows, such as Windows 10, for which there is no direct in-place upgrade path from Windows Vista.

The following table summarizes which key items are preserved by the upgrade process.

Personal files Files that are saved in user folders, like the Documents and Desktop folders. Yes
Settings Settings like Ease of Access, desktop background, Internet favourites and history. Yes
Applications Compatible Windows applications that were installed prior to the upgrade. Yes
The instructions in this post refer to performing an in-place upgrade of a Windows Vista 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) edition to a Windows 7 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) edition.

However, it is not possible to perform a cross-architecture upgrade from a Windows Vista 32-bit (x86) edition to a Windows 7 64-bit (x64) edition, or vise versa. This requires a clean installation.


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