Most users will experience Windows 7 one of two ways, either by upgrading their existing PC or by purchasing a PC with Windows 7 preloaded.
For user running Windows Vista:
Once Windows 7 is available on October 22nd, users will be able to upgrade from their current edition of Windows Vista to a corresponding edition of Windows 7. e.g. upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium or from a 32-bit version of Windows Vista to a 32-bit version of Windows 7. The process involves inserting the appropriate Windows 7 installation disc, running the setup program, and choosing the “Upgrade” installation option.
An Upgrade is the easiest type of installation and will preserve your files, settings, and programs.
To upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7:
- first determine if your PC meets the minimum system requirements using the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor;
- assuming it meets the requirements, you can install Windows 7 using the “Custom” installation option. A custom installation does not preserve your files, settings or programs so you need to first back up your data to an external drive and re-install your programs once installation has completed.
- For detailed step-by-step instructions…
Getting Windows 7 before October 22nd…
While you won’t be able to go into a store and purchase a copy until then, you can take advantage of our pre-order option which is available now via the Microsoft Online Store as well as a variety of participating retailers.