How to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7

How to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7
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Upgrade

The Windows 7 upgrade may take several hours to complete and will restart your computer at least four times during process. Once initiated, the process is automated and requires no further user interaction until complete.
  1. Insert the Windows 7 installation media into your computer. The AutoPlay window will be displayed.
    AutoPlay: Run setup.exe

    AutoPlay: Run setup.exe

  2. Select Run setup.exe. The User Account Control window will be displayed.
    User Account Control

    User Account Control

  3. Click Yes to allow Microsoft Windows to launch with elevated privileges. The Windows 7 Setup window will be displayed.
    Windows 7 Setup

    Windows 7 Setup

  4. Click Install now. After a short period, the Get important updates for installation window will be displayed.
    Get important updates for installation

    Get important updates for installation

  5. Select the Go online to get the latest updates for installation (recommended) option. The Searching for installation updates window will be displayed.
    Searching for installation updates...

    Searching for installation updates…

    After several seconds of searching for available updates, Windows will begin Downloading installation updates.

    Downloading installation updates...

    Downloading installation updates…

    Once the installation updates have been downloaded, the status changes to Installation is restarting, and Windows 7 Setup closes and restarts.

    Installation is restarting...

    Installation is restarting…

    After Windows 7 Setup restarts, the Please read the license terms window will be displayed.

    Please read the license terms

    Please read the license terms

  6. Tick I accept the license terms, and then click Next. The What type of installation do you want? window will be displayed.
    Which type of installation do you want?

    Which type of installation do you want?

  7. Select the Upgrade option. The Checking compatibility window will be displayed.
    Checking compatibility...

    Checking compatibility…

    Once Windows has completed checking compatibility, the Compatibility Report will be displayed.

    Compatibility Report

    Compatibility Report

    Compatibility warnings are generally just informational messages and can be safely ignored. However, if you received a compatibility error, this will stop the upgrade until you have uninstalled the offending application or component.

  8. Click Next. The Upgrading Windows: Copying Windows files window will be displayed.
    Upgrading Windows: Copy Windows files

    Upgrading Windows: Copy Windows files

    After a short period, the status change will change to Gathering files, settings and programs.

    Upgrading Windows: Gathering files, settings, and programs

    Upgrading Windows: Gathering files, settings, and programs

    The Gathering files, settings and programs stage takes some time to complete, after which the status will change to Expanding Windows files.

    Upgrading Windows: Expanding files

    Upgrading Windows: Expanding Windows files

    When the Expanding Windows files stage reaches approximately 20%, the Windows needs to restart to continue window will be displayed.

    Windows need to restart to continue

    Windows need to restart to continue

    The computer will be automatically restarted after 10 seconds, or alternatively you can click Restart now to restart immediately.

    After the computer has restarted, the Upgrading Windows: Expanding Windows files window will be re-displayed.

    Upgrading Windows: Expanding files

    Upgrading Windows: Expanding files

    Once the Expanding Windows files stage is complete, the status will change to Installing features and updates.

    Upgrading Windows: Installing features and updates

    Upgrading Windows: Installing features and updates

    Once the Installing features and updates stage is complete, the Windows needs to restart to continue window will be displayed.

    Windows need to restart to continue

    Windows need to restart to continue

    The computer will be automatically restarted after 10 seconds, or alternatively you can click Restart now to restart immediately.

    After the computer has restarted, the Upgrading Windows: Transferring files, settings, and programs window will be displayed.

    Transferring files, settings, and programs

    Transferring files, settings, and programs

    When the Transferring files, settings, and programs stage reaches approximately 60%, Windows will restart automatically without prompting.

    After the computer has restarted, the Upgrading Windows: Transferring files, settings, and programs stage will be re-displayed.

    Transferring files, settings, and programs

    Transferring files, settings, and programs

    Once the Transferring files, settings, and programs stage is complete, Windows will restart automatically without prompting.

    After the computer has restarted, the Type your Windows product key window will be displayed.

    Type your Windows product key

    Type your Windows product key

  9. Click Skip. The Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically window will be displayed.
    Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically

    Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically

  10. Select the Use recommended settings option. The Review your time and date settings window will be displayed.
    Review your time and date settings

    Review your time and date settings

  11. Adjust the time and date settings if necessary, and then click Next. The Select your computer’s current location window will be displayed.
    Select your computer's current location

    Select your computer’s current location

  12. Select the option most suitable to your current network location. The Windows 7 Sign-in screen will be displayed.
    Windows 7: Sign-in screen

    Windows 7: Sign-in screen

  13. Type your sign-in password and press Enter. The Preparing your desktop screen will be displayed.
    Preparing your desktop...

    Preparing your desktop…

    At first sign-in after the upgrade, a message stating that the Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5 needs to be repaired will be displayed.

    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 needs to be repaired

    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 needs to be repaired

    Once the repair of the .NET Framework is complete, a message asking to Please restart to complete the installation will be displayed.

    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 needs to be restart

    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 needs to be restart

  14. Click Restart now. The computer will shutdown and restart. After your computer has restarted, sign-in and the Windows 7 Desktop will be displayed.
    Windows 7: Upgrade Desktop

    Windows 7: Upgrade Desktop

  15. Click the Windows 7 Start Menu. The Start Menu will be displayed.
    Windows 7: Start Menu

    Windows 7: Start Menu

    The Windows Vista to Windows 7 in-place upgrade process is now complete.


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