Windows 7 Installation – Upgrading
Upgrading to Windows 7 saves you money and time. Though you cannot upgrade from XP or previous versions to Windows 7, you can always use the upgrade option for Windows 7 installation if you are using Vista, Windows 7 beta, or Windows 7 trial. In this case, you do not boot from your DVD drive and the installer will not format your drive. The chances of losing data while moving to a Windows 7 installation using this upgrade method are minimal. Still I would recommend that you back up essential data. An upgrade to Windows 7 also means that you do not need to install all the programs and device drivers after the installation is complete. For more information on Windows 7 upgrades, please read our article called Windows 7: In-line Upgrade or New Install? The article tells you which edition of Windows 7 to use when you are already running different editions of Vista.
You may also wish to know the pricing of different upgrades before proceeding with the installation of Windows 7. Most of the computers worldwide still use Windows XP and many of the users are not still in a mood for transition to Windows 7. If you too are skeptical about migrating to Windows 7, you may want to know the advantages of Windows 7 over XP. You may also wish to know the advantages of Windows 7 over Vista.
For the basic information that you need to know before moving to Windows 7, please read my blog All About Transition to Windows 7.
Talking about upgrading to Windows 7, you may also wish to know more about the options available for a custom installation of Windows 7. The article, How to perform a custom Windows 7 Install, leads you through custom installation of Windows 7 where you can leave out optional components to make your computer faster. The article also describes how to upgrade from Vista 32Bit to 64 bit Windows 7 and more.
While installation of Windows 7 is a cheese, you may encounter some problems. Here are links to the most common errors encountered during transition to Windows 7:
Finally, one of our writers did research on how much memory a Windows 7 installation actually needs. Microsoft states the min requirement at 1GB of RAM. Read this research article to see how to perform a Windows 7 installation on a 256MB machine.