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Old 02. Jun 2015, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can I install Win 7 on top of Vista?

I guess I want to know if I have to use an up=grade or if I can install the full WIN 7 program without creating any problems.

Thank you for helping a newbie.

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Old 03. Jun 2015, 01:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Rule 1: Backup so that you always have a way back.

Rule 2: Backup so that you always have a way back.

I'm sorry, but I had to say it twice because I cannot stress how important backing up is.

Okay, with that out of the way, in a nutshell, this is what think you should do...

1. Check and see if your computer meets these minimum requirements. Bear in mind these are the absolute bare minimum. IMHO, you should double the given CPU and RAM as a realistic minimum.

2. To ensure your computer is capable of running Windows 7 go here and download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and run it.

3. Go to your computer manufacturer's website and ensure they have Windows 7 drivers for your model computer. If they do, download them to keep them handy for when you do the installation.

Once you have satisfied all the above and you have a valid Windows 7 Product Key with an installation disc you can proceed. If you have an upgrade installation disc instead you can still do a clean install by following the instructions here.

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Old 03. Jun 2015, 03:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum wildbill2u.

Just adding something apart from wonderful information provided by Joe.

Just in case you didn't know... Windows 7 and Vista are not programs, rather, they are operating systems, on which the programs or software work. Therefore, you cannot just install Windows like a normal program. You have to follow certain procedures.

Therefore, if you install a version of newer Windows over already existing one, you will always be upgrading, with the standard procedure of upgrade.
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now there is a point:

there doesn't seem to be an "official way" to update Vista to Win_10 ..

so - IYHO - will Microsoft allow an upgrade via ISO - to win_10 ?.
- or not ?.

or - would an OP have to "buy" a copy of win_7 / win_8 - first.
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Windows 10 will be available to buyers who want to buy it. Such users can buy Windows 10 disc and install it.
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Windows 10 will be available to buyers who want to buy it. Such users can buy Windows 10 disc and install it.
I notice there's a distinct lack of information available regarding the purchase of Windows 10 final when it is released.

How much will it cost for individuals to buy?
Will it be available as a retail DVD, or as a download only??
Or would new customers be expected to buy Windows 8/8.1 DVD and upgrade to 10 from there???

All the talk about Win10 seems to be focused around the free upgrade for current Win7/8/8.1 devices.
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Windows 10 will be available to buyers who want to buy it. Such users can buy Windows 10 disc and install it.
if there was a group that deserved a free kick from MS - it is those still on Vista

- some reports have said that it will be roughly the same price as win_8 currently is,
or around $149USD.

it'll probably mean buying a piece of cardboard from your local store & D/Ling it yourself,
- something similar to buying MSo at the moment.
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All the talk about Win10 seems to be focused around the free upgrade for current Win7/8/8.1 devices.
It's because so much talk and excitement has been there about Windows being free, that major focus has been on this only, and that's what Microsoft are targeting too.

And of course, for all other details, people will have to wait for the day when Microsoft release Windows 10 final officially, which is July 29th.

My guess is that apart from the free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1, Windows 10 will be available along the lines of Windows 8, when it was launched... that is, various versions will be available on retail.

But well, at this point, we can only guess, but logically, the above should be the case, otherwise, not everyone can pay online for a download, can they?

Also, it will be just ridiculous for people to buy Windows 7 or 8.1, just to upgrade to Windows 10. So, I am sure that Windows 10 will be offered separately at a suitable price, in order that people do not take the route of purchasing Windows 7/8.1 cheaper than Windows 10, and then performing the upgrade.

I think I might have read about Windows 10 prices somewhere? Or, I might be confused with some other product.
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if there was a group that deserved a free kick from MS - it is those still on Vista
Why would they do that. People running Vista already got the chance to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1, which are both a lot better than Vista .
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This article gives the prices of Win 10;

http://www.techradar.com/news/softwa...atures-1029245
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